Professional Jeweler Archive: Marking Time

October 2000

Timepieces/News


Marking Time

Customs Service may change the way digital movements are indicated


The U.S. Customs Service may change its definition of digital watch movements and alter the way they must be marked before entering the United States.

The change would increase the factors that define a digital movement to include the circuit board, the resistors, the capacitors, the quartz crystal, the microprocessor, the integrated circuit, the transistor and coils.

Currently, the definition is limited to devices regulated by a balance wheel and hairspring or other system that’s capable of determining time intervals.

The Customs Service is considering the change at the request of Timex, according to a presentation at the recent American Watch Association Conclave in Washington, DC, by Stuart P. Seidel, assistant commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service.

The expanded definition could give a company more flexibility on how movements are marked and where they might be made. The Customs Service is accepting comments on the proposal before acting on it. Direct questions and comments to the number and Web address below.

• U.S. Customs Service, (888) 734-3247, www.custom.gov.

– by Michael Thompson

Assistant Commissioner Stuart P. Seidel explains the proposed change at the AWA Conclave.

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