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Awesome Clocks

Making a Pigeon Gear Clock

Making a Pigeon Gear Clock

Artist Uri Tuchman had a wacky idea – to make a metal gear with teeth shaped like little pigeons. After cutting dozens of tiny birds using a pantograph for tracing, he cut a matching gear and assembled them with a pendulum and other parts to create an analog “clock” mechanism. It doesn’t accurately tell time, but it’s a cool piece of kinetic art.

Hexaclock LED Hexagon Wall Clock

Hexaclock LED Hexagon Wall Clock

This unique clock by Bulduper displays the time on a hexagonal grid filled with 127 RGB LED hex-shaped pixels. It can also display colorful animations. Want one for your own wall? He posted a detailed build guide on Instructables, including the 3D models for its parts. The code repository is up on GitHub.

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Urwerk SpaceTime Blade Nixie Clock

Urwerk SpaceTime Blade Nixie Clock

This 5.5-foot-tall glass clock from Urwerk and Nixie expert Dalibor Farny contains eight large Nixie tubes and a total of 1445 parts. In addition to displaying the time and date, it can show how many kilometers the Earth has revolved around the Sun on a given day or year-to-date. Just 33 clocks will be produced, with a retail price of 55,000 CHF (~ USD 60,700).

Dakota Digital Clip Watch

Dakota Digital Clip Watch
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This clip-on Dakota watch puts the time where you need it. Its carabiner-style alloy clip attaches to your belt loop or backpack and offers time, stopwatch, alarm, and calendar functions on its reverse LCD screen. The watch is water-resistant to 100 feet and has a stainless steel back. It also has a built-in compass and is available with a standard LCD.

Seiko Mai Alarm Clock

Seiko Mai Alarm Clock
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These battery-powered tabletop alarm clocks from Seiko feature a face and bezel design inspired by the Japanese brand’s iconic dive watches. They measure about 3.7″ across and feature a backlight and snooze functions. Choose from Blue, Green, White, Black, Black/Gray, Blue/Red, and Black/Gold color schemes.

Exposed Circuit Nixie Tube Clock

Exposed Circuit Nixie Tube Clock
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This unique desk clock combines vintage tech with natural looks. At its center is an exposed circuit board with vintage IV-9 Nixie tubes. A hardwood frame complements the warm orange glow of its tubes. Its circuitry includes a DS3231 clock chip and an ESP8266 wi-fi module to maintain accurate time via the internet. It measures 4.92″ x 4.92″ x 2.12″.

LunaKron 2.1 Moon Phase Clock

LunaKron 2.1 Moon Phase Clock
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Instead of telling time, Digital Horology’s LunaKron 2.1 clock displays the current moon phase. It uses GPS data to calculate the date and which phase to show. It’s made from acrylic and fiberboard, and the photographic moon is backlit by 256 LEDs. They also make the LunaKron 1, which has backlit cutouts representing each of the moon’s eight phases.

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Fixing the Marble Machine Clock

Fixing the Marble Machine Clock

A little while back, maker Ivan Miranda engineered a very cool clock that tells time using marbles. But his kinetic sculpture is too slow to tell the time accurately. He’s since made numerous refinements to the design of his clock, and it’s now faster and smoother, so it can properly update its digits once per minute. It’s totally awesome but ridiculously loud.

Retro Analog Gauge Clock

Retro Analog Gauge Clock
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This unique tabletop clock from Iain Gellatly’s Retro Gear Laboratories displays the time on a pair of backlit analog gauges, accented with a bright Nixie tube pilot light. The Industrial version has a wood case and a steel front panel, while the Steampunk version has a vintage wine case with a brass face. It even automatically sets its time with a Wi-Fi connection.

Ugears Aero Clock

Ugears Aero Clock

This unique wall clock is made up of more than 300 components, which come together to accurately tell time. It features numerous wood gears, and a hot air balloon that rapidly descends at the top of each hour then rises as each minute ticks by. Designed for advanced builders, with an estimated 11-hour build time.

3D-Printed Roller Coaster Clock

3D-Printed Roller Coaster Clock

For his latest build, JBV Creative combined elements of a roller coaster with one of those rolling ball clocks. His enormous tabletop clock tells time using wooden balls that roll into multiple tracks representing hours, 10-minute increments, and minutes. It took weeks of designing, planning, and fabrication, but the finished piece is a true work of art.

Building a Giant Marble Machine Clock

Building a Giant Marble Machine Clock

Maker Ivan Miranda wanted to build a mechanical clock that uses marbles to show the time. He created an elevator that lifts marbles and drops them into a track. He used light sensors to detect white marbles and solenoids to release the right ones to display dot-matrix digits. It’s a work in progress, but it’s already impressive. Watch part one of the build here.

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Rantoge Mechanical Digital Clock

Rantoge Mechanical Digital Clock

Digital clocks typically use LCD or LED screens to display the time. The Rantoge clock uses electro-mechanical components instead. Each digit on the clock is made from a set of flat metal segments, flipped into place using motorized levers. The DIY clock kit blew through its funding goal on Japan’s Machi-Ya crowdfunding site and is heading into production now.

Divoom Times Gate Digital Display + Clock

Divoom Times Gate Digital Display + Clock
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Divoom’s funky-looking Times Gate gadget puts five tiny, programmable displays on your desktop. Each 128×128 resolution screen can display widgets like news, stock information, social media follower counts, and pixel art animations. It also offers a multi-screen digital clock.

Song Title Clock

Song Title Clock

This clever online clock by The Pudding automatically plays songs with the current time in the title. While we’ve heard of 12:51 by The Strokes and 10:15 Saturday Night by The Cure, we had no idea there were so many other time-titled tunes out there. The album art on the turntable is a neat idea, too.

Blackwell Mid-Century Modern Wood Clocks

Blackwell Mid-Century Modern Wood Clocks
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Artist Eric Blackwell makes unique home decorations, mostly using upcycled scraps from a guitar factory. His collection includes these cool wooden clocks that incorporate mid-century modern aesthetics, including starbursts, satellites, and abstract shapes inspired by Googie architecture. In his Etsy Shop, you’ll find a mix of tabletop, mantel, and wall clocks.

100 Cuckoo Clocks in 100 Seconds

100 Cuckoo Clocks in 100 Seconds

Most of us rely on our phones or watches to tell us the time. But there’s something just so magical about using letting a mechanical bird announce the time instead. Clock Shop posted this video of a roomful of cuckoo clocks sounding off in sequence. We like to imagine they’re all saying “Here!” like an avian roll call.

Billion-Year LEGO Clock

Billion-Year LEGO Clock

Brick Technology built this unique LEGO clock with dials that can display much more than hours, minutes, and seconds. It also keeps track of days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, millennia, mega-annum, and galactic years. Unfortunately, we’ll never know if it works beyond the 21st century.

NixieX Nixie Alarm Clock + Speaker

NixieX Nixie Alarm Clock + Speaker

This unique tabletop alarm clock features a vintage IN-12 nixie tube display and a built-in Bluetooth speaker. Adding to its retro look is a glowing analog VU meter that shows the audio level. Its case is made from aluminum alloy, and it comes with a clear cover to protect its tubes.

Servo-powered Word Clock

Servo-powered Word Clock

These days, it’s pretty easy to find a clock that tells time with words. But this clock from Twisted&Tinned is the coolest variant we’ve seen. Behind each of its 114 letters is an individual servo motor that moves the letters into focus as they light up, adding a sense of depth to the display. A DIY kit is available on Tindie.

Transparent VFD Tube Clock

Transparent VFD Tube Clock
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This retro-modern table clock from Vintage Tube Clocks incorporates a new old stock IV-18 vacuum fluorescent tube at its center, displaying the time or date in a cool blue-green hue. It’s built into a see-through acrylic enclosure, exposing its circuitry from both front and rear and wrapped in a stainless steel frame.

Time Twister 5 Electromechanical Digital Clock

Time Twister 5 Electromechanical Digital Clock

We’ve seen a couple of Hans Andersson’s unique digital clocks in the past. Now he’s back with another intriguing design that uses servo-powered layers and colored dots to tell the time. Each layer needs just three faces to form all 10 digits. As the digits rotate into view, all we can think of was how it looks like a Rubik’s Cube.

ZIN-70 Giant Nixie Tube Clock

ZIN-70 Giant Nixie Tube Clock

If you love the warm orange glow of nixie tube clocks, Millclock makes a variety of them. In addition to their more accessible models, they now sell the ZIN-70 series, which has the largest nixie tubes available, with each of its handmade tubes measuring 4″ tall. Techmoan got to test out this impressive timepiece.

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