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This analog clock MatsClock 1071 was designed to look as simple as possible without any other distraction to the viewer. But when I finished the design I felt I need to put something to attract attention of the viewer. So I bent the seconds needle a little bit here and there without losing its alignment. The plain white background analog clock looked fine. Yet I wanted to have some thing that would actually attract attention. That is why that small fly was put inside the analog clock.

What is an Analog Clock ?

Analog clock is a unique time keeping equipment that can actually provide time information using three simple needles. A human being can get the time by just looking at the position or the angle of the hour, minute and seconds needles. Once you are accustomed to seeing the analog clock, it takes just a single second or less to know the time. Analog clocks have no digits displayed. But some analog clocks do have digits written against the position where the digit corresponds to either the hour or minutes. Old analog clocks just used to have a tick like a small square or a circle or a rectangle instead of any numerals written on the analog clock dial.

Why is it called Analog Clock ?

In the old times a clock was called a clock which keeps time. But when digital clocks came in which showed no needles but only numerals which had to be read, the clock with needles came to be called as analog clock to differentiate it from other types of clocks and watches. It is something like a guitar being called acoustic guitar when we invented electric guitar.

When was Analog Clock Invented ?

The time of invention of analog clock is unknown. Probably we will never know for sure. But history has evidence of analog clocks being used as far back as 4000 BC. People used many types of analog clocks like sun dials where a simple stick is kept vertical in the center of a circle with marks on the periphery indicating time of the day. The sun dial always shows astronomical noon at mid day because that is when the sun is right on top of its travel from east to west anywhere in the world. Later people started using sand and even water flowing out of one container to another to measure time. Then the analog clock saw its ultimate invention. This invention was a pendulum. But a pendulum runs out of energy and slowly comes to a stop. So people started using stones and water wheels to run the pendulum. Later springs under tension was used. Mechanical spring powered pendulums lasted a long time and even today you still see analog clocks lovingly called grandfather clock at many homes and museums. In spite of all the development and invention of digital clocks which are highly accurate, analog clock continues to survive and mesmerise all of us even today.

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Analogue Clock

Often analog clocks were also refered and written as analogue clock in the old times.

 

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