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Retro Flip Watch Puts the 1970s on Your Wrist

by Paul Strauss

If you grew up in the 1970s, you probably remember one of the most popular types of bedside alarm clocks had those little mechanical numbers which flipped over when the minutes changed.

I still think they were a marvel of engineering, and kind of miss the old clicking sound they used to make so you knew another minute had past. A few companies are actually making them again, and if this concept is ever produced, you could be wearing a flip clock on your wrist.

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Designed by a guy named Gordon (sorry, I don’t know your last name Gordon, feel free to let us know), the Retro Flip watch is the perfect thing for those of you with retro design sensibilities.

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The watch would contain a miniature version of that 1970s flip clock, set into a cylindrical oval watch body with a curved face. While Gordon has offered up the concept in a variety of modern finishes, I personally love the one with the burled wood finish. I would actually buy and wear this watch if it were produced. Though I wouldn’t look forward to “falling back” this week when daylight savings time ends and you have to flip through all of the numbers again to set the watch back one hour.

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While I’m not sure of the practicality of manufacturing a flip clock in miniature, show your support for the Flip Clock over at the TokyoFlash Design Blog, and maybe if it gets enough votes, they’ll actually produce it. For now, just look at the pretty pictures.

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Comments (4):

  1. Gordon Lardi says:

    Its Gordon Lardi by the way, and thanks for the kind words and recognition. By all means go to Tokyo Flash and vote often, its not there typical style of watch but who knows if enough people like it then I think they have the know how to make it happen. Those guys at TF are pretty crafty.

  2. jane says:

    Hi, is this being made, i really want one!

  3. D.G says:

    Those watches were crafted ages ago ( not this design of course)
    http://www.electric-watches.co.uk/make/derby/derby.php

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