Fitbit SwissRail Operations
Working model of the Swiss Railway Station clock

(last update 2024-01-03 Version 4.1.21 [Versa's] 5.1.21 [Versa 3 & Sense] 6.1.21 [Versa 4, Sense2])     


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12 hr

Tap on hour for clock face

  Specialties of the clock

Every railway station in Switzerland has the same clock for coordinating the trains.

It has a gliding second hand that stops each minute
The minute hand then bounces to the next minute
then it continues for another minute

This allows all stations clocks throughout Switzerland to be synchronised every minute

Native name and abbreviations:

Swiss Federal Railways SBB PLC
Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB AG (German)
Chemins de fer fédéraux CFF SA (French)
Ferrovie federali svizzere FFS SA (Italian)
Viafiers federalas svizras (Romansh)

The company was founded 1st January 1902.

Quick Guide

Configuring Digital mode
  • 12/24 hr mode / language - to change format,

In the Fitbit App, click profile photo and App settings,
if your version doesn't have the options use the following:

select the desired time mode
Submit and sync
Or in the Fitbit App, App settings   

  • 2 different date formats can be seen based on country
select the desired "language by region/country"
Submit and sync
Or in the Fitbit App, App settings, Location     

One format if country is US
another format for other countries

  • There are four stats shown, with 3 fixed stats and one configurable
  • The 3 fixed stats:
Heart rate [red]
Battery [green, or low warning orange or red]
Steps [cyan]

  • The top right stats is configurable [by default is Floors]

Double tap top right value - it will flash
While flashing each tap will advance to the next value of the following items:

Floors [yellow]
Calories [turquoise]
Distance [orange]
Active Zone minutes [pink]

Additional language support

German - mehrsprachige deutsche Kurzdaten
Spanish - fechas abreviadas multilingües en español
French - dates multilingues français abrégées
Italian - italiano multilingue date abbreviate
Dutch - meertalige Nederlandse verkorte data
Norway - flerspråklige norske forkortede datoer
Swedish - flerspråkiga svenska förkortade datum

Switching to SwissRail mode

Tap on the Hour to see the SwissRail Analog view

Analog - insert window [optional]

Even though it doesn't respect the beauty of the original clock it is possible to display a window
To show the inserted window with date or time, double tap on the 12 position
Repetitive tapping will toggle it on/off and change the data type shown


Adding/removing hidden stats in Analog mode

    From version Vx.1.20 this feature is removed,
tapping the background and Digital hour provides better visibility on demand.

To toggle the hidden stats
Quick double tap the left bottom corner, half way between 7 and 8 o'clock position

(about where heart rate is in Digital mode)
Allow the watch to blank for 4 seconds.
It may require a few attempts to get the change to stick.

Restart & Version

    To see the Version and watch Language briefly
Switch to the Digital view [tap on the Analog background]

  • Restart the clock face*, swipe the watch face to the left and click on Settings, then press the button
  • Each time the clock face starts with the Digital view it will briefly show the version and language

* A change of clock face or watch restart is required for a Versa 4 or Sense 2


    If data values don't change - check the clock face permissions

SwissRail releases
V4 - Versa's, V5 - Versa 3, Sense, V6 - Versa 4 & Sense 2)

Vx.1.21 - 2024-01-03

  • Correction to date display in Digital view
  • Added better switching support for Miles/Kms

Vx.1.20 - 2023-12-30

  • Improved date display in Digital view
  • Improved switching views
  • Improved performance and battery level
  • Quick Analog stats removed

Vx.1.19 - 2023-01-03

  • Optional date/time window added

Vx.1.17 - 2022-11-01

    • Initial release