Clocks and Watches

Where would we be without our clocks and watches? We'll explore the inner-workings of timepieces as well as look at some specifics, such as smart watches, Indiglo, digital watches and pendulum clocks.


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Inside Clocky Pictures

The Clocky, the rolling alarm clock presents an edge on traditional alarm clocks. If you hit the snooze bar more than once, it rolls off your nightstand and moves around your room. Take a look inside this gadget.

How the 10,000 Year Clock Works

Some people feel you should live for today. Others believe you should think about your part in the seeming never-endingness of time. But how do you measure that?

Image Gallery: Amazing Timepieces

These amazing timepiece pictures explore unusual and exotic time gadgets. Learn more and explore timepiece pictures.

How did ancient civilizations use sundials to tell time?

The ability to tell time has been around for centuries. What began as a fairly simple practice has evolved into a complex system of time, daylight savings and leap years. But where did it all start, and what was the role of sundials?

How Smart Watches Work

The trend in technology is to get more and more "connectivity" into smaller and smaller packages. Find out how it's possible to access news, weather, sports, stocks, horoscopes, e-mail and more from a wristwatch.

How Clocks Work

Clocks come in many different forms, from quartz watches to atomic clocks. Take a peek inside and learn what makes each kind tick.

How do radio-controlled clocks set themselves to the atomic clock in Colorado?

Many radio-controlled clocks automatically sync their time with the atomic clock in Boulder, Colorado. How do they do it?

How does a self-winding watch work?

Curious about how a self-winding watch works? Take a look at the mechanics inside a self-winding watch.

How does an Indiglo watch work?

Indiglo watches convert electricity directly into light through the very efficient process of electroluminescence. Find out how it works!

How Pendulum Clocks Work

Have you ever looked inside a grandfather clock or a small mechanical alarm clock? Pendulum clocks are fairly complicated, but they rely on simple forces. Find out how pendulum clocks keep accurate time.

How Digital Clocks Work

When you need to know the time, there's about a 50-50 chance you'll turn to some LEDs to find out. Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a digital clock or watch?

Inside a Wind-up Alarm Clock

Wind-up alarm clocks have been around a long time, but they are still fun to explore. See what's inside this classic ticker!

How Quartz Watches Work

Quartz watches actually use quartz crystals to keep time. How can they be so accurate? Find out why quartz makes such a great time keeper.