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Analog clocks may be classic but they are a little boring, hack an analog clock to display the time in a different way.
By adding rotating numerical dials to the hour, minute and second hand the time is read by where the dials fall along a vertical point on the clock face, rather than reading the position of each hand against a printed backing.

I chose the time reading position on my clock to be read at 12 o'clock, but you can put the mark anywhere on the plastic face and reset the clock's time for that position. 12 o'clock seemed like the easiest, most natural way to read the time.

The trickiest part of this build was creating a new clock face template, luckily I've provided you with the template I created. Feel free to modify it and use it on your own clock.

Here's a quick video of the reconstructed clock in action:

This confusing clock is a fun take on a boring analog time piece. Best of all, it can be constructed in an afternoon with minimal supplies.

Enough talk, let's disassemble!

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Step 1: Tools + materials

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  • scissors
  • glue
  • printer
  • cardstock
  • paper
  • analog desk clock

Step 2: Break down clock

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I got this analog clock from the Dollar Store, it comes apart very easily.

Dismantle your analog clock until you get to the clock hands and the numerical face plate.
Then, pull of hands and peel off the paper faceplate. You should now have a stripped clock.

Measure the dimensions of your clock, then measure the radius from axle to closest edge. You will need these dimensions later.
ncoleman23 years ago
Do you think it would work with a watch?
mikeasaurus (author)  ncoleman23 years ago
Great question!
I definitely think this would work with a watch and it's where my idea originated, this version was larger and easier to work with for a first prototype.

Think you can make it into watch form? If you do I'll give you a 1-year Pro membership!
All right! I will try that as soon as I can!
Finally finished! It looks really good. I had a little trouble, because the discs were rubbing together too much, but it was an easy fix. I'm exited to try more Instructables from mikeasauras and am looking forward to them!
mdwfg ncoleman22 years ago these could be handy at times!
mikeasaurus (author)  ncoleman22 years ago
Wow, that is pretty great you made it into a wrist watch!

I've awarded you a 1-year Pro Membership and a digital patch. Thanks for sharing! (and, I'm sorry I didn't even see this comment until just now)
All right. I liked the first watch, but it was kind of plain. I decided to make a new one. I found a cheap watch at Target and made a new face template. The original face was blue, so I kept that idea.
Hello? Mike? Um, when am I going to get that Pro membership?
mdwfg2 years ago
for those into clocks and that,
æmäžíñg!!!! Lol
wilgubeast3 years ago
That's awesome. Like one of those crazy watches from Tokyoflash. You ARE the envy of your coworkers.
Yup That website has loads of CRAZY!!! watches!
Fjsygcbk3 years ago
It didn't work
kostica13 years ago
The moment I saw this ible I knew I had to make one. Here it is, with the gears, but without the second pointer, as the clock doen't have one.
mikeasaurus (author)  kostica13 years ago
awesome, thanks for sharing!

You've been patched! Enjoy the 3-month Pro Membership!
WhiteTech3 years ago
Love the simplicity and effect of it!
iuliuseq3 years ago
Love it :)
ehudwill3 years ago
Great idea!