Digital seconds as a complication?

mavis

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Having used an Apple Watch since the S0 launched, I've become accustomed to switching watch faces when I need to see the exact time (seconds) ... I realize that there are two watch faces that show digital seconds but both require significant compromises (one is heinous - IMHO - and the other makes you lose out on TWO complications if the time is displayed digitally) ... So rather than suggesting I use one of those two options, I'm wondering if anyone knows of a digital seconds complication. Thanks!
 

barjam

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Based on how complications are implemented I don’t think it is possible for a third party to do this.
 

Lennyvalentin

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Is there no way for developers to access basic timekeeping functions?
I don't know, I'm not a programmer, but it could be that complications can't update their graphics continuously. *shrug* Just a guess... :p
 

GoingDark

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Having used an Apple Watch since the S0 launched, I've become accustomed to switching watch faces when I need to see the exact time (seconds) ... I realize that there are two watch faces that show digital seconds but both require significant compromises (one is heinous - IMHO - and the other makes you lose out on TWO complications if the time is displayed digitally) ... So rather than suggesting I use one of those two options, I'm wondering if anyone knows of a digital seconds complication. Thanks!
Which two watch faces are you talking about? Infograph (Series 4 only) and Activity?

I agree that Activity is pretty heinous (if that's the one you're talking about) but Infograph lets you set the "Sub-dial top" complication to "Digital Time" which is a pretty decent compromise, and still lets you access tons of complications if you want them.
 

mavis

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Which two watch faces are you talking about? Infograph (Series 4 only) and Activity?

I agree that Activity is pretty heinous (if that's the one you're talking about) but Infograph lets you set the "Sub-dial top" complication to "Digital Time" which is a pretty decent compromise, and still lets you access tons of complications if you want them.
Yes, those are the two I was referring to. Unfortunately, the digital time complication can only be placed in the top sub-dial position, which means you lose the ability to show in-dial text - kind of a cool thing to have to sacrifice. :( I'm not sure what Apple's aversion to accuracy is, but it's extremely irritating that we STILL can't see seconds displayed on the majority of digital watch faces. And then the analog faces all have those rounded hands (rather than tapered/pointy hands) and most have an absurd number of tick marks, rather than one for each minute, so even with the analog faces you're getting an approximation of the time, unless you spend far too long examining the damn thing. Is it too much to ask to be able to see the EXACT time, at a glance?
 
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