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  • i can't help myself, but it's cute!

    posted by flashin on 03/17/2009
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    well, like i daid, it's cute.

    much smaller than i expected at about half the size of the old wesclox big ben alarm clocks i grew up with.

    the size makes it easier to tote around, and the mechanical wind up movement means no batteries.

    the back side is actually the "bell" that gets struck for the alarm to ring.

    the two on top are ornimental.

    easy to set both the time and the alarm. with the alarm using a small red needle pointing at the set time, and fairly large hour and minute hands with a little glow on them makes reading the time easier when lookin' at it foggy headed after it scares the crap out of you when the alarm goes off.

    it sounds like a fire alarm..... only smaller.

    it rings until you shut it off or it winds all the way down.

    if that doesn't wake you up.... some one needs to check your pulse!

    it has a red sweep second hand which is a little rare on alarm clocks. i haven't seen one on a wind up clock.

    it has a loud tick tick tick tick that i happen to like.

    Cons:

    it has a plastic "lens", but thats not the problem, it's loose.

    and doesn't appear to be by accident.

    that's just the way it sits in the housing. it won't fall out.

    it also has a plastic drive train. [gears] although that really shouldn't matter because the "famous" wesclox big ben clocks did too.

    and they ran for years.

    OtherThoughts:

    i like the loud tick tick tick tick of this little clock.

    it reminds me of the ones my granny and grampaw had when i was growin' up.

    i could hear the tickin' all through the house because they had more than one.

    Bottomline:

    it's a neat little clock.

    it's reliable for setting it before you go to sleep when you travel away from home or visit relatives... whatever.

    it is not meant to be accurate for days of use on end. it will wear out.

    it is meant as a travel alarm clock, that's it.

    if you run it for long periods of time, it will not hold it's accuracy.

    the clock speed can be adjusted fast or slow, but mine is fine at the factory setting.

    it's worry free. no battery.

    wind it up, set the time, set the alarm, move the selctor lever to the "alarm" position.... done.

    i will be getting more of these just because i like them.

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