How does an analog alarm clock work

What is an analog alarm clock?

While (unfortunately) digital alarm clocks are much more common these days than their analog forefathers, the analog clocks still have a place in the market, and are still used by those who fear power outages, the harm of blue light or unreliability in their digital clock.

These are the granddaddy of alarm clocks. Analog alarm clocks date clear back to the 1500s, although they were not patented and put into widespread use until the late 19th century. Most analog alarm clocks feature a couple of metal bells atop the fixture, and a small hammer between them, which strikes the bells to produce the sound which wakens the sleeper. Because of the acoustic properties of the alarm, most analog alarm clocks are louder than their digital counterparts, making them ideal for the deep sleeper. Our clocks though, have a gentle sound alarm so you wake up in a better mood. 

How does an analog alarm clock work?

Inside the analog alarm clock are a series of gears, powered by battery or wall electricity. These gears move the hands of the clock about, using an oscillating wheel to keep the time consistent. On the alarm clock will be an extra hand, typically shorter than the hour hand of the clock.

 

 

Types of alarm clock movements / mechanisms

There are three types of movement:

  1. Quartz – the movement causes the second hand to move (traditionally in individual ticks but no necessarily today). Powered by a battery. 
  2. Mechanical – the movement will cause the second hand to move in a smooth sweeping motion. The watch requires manual winding to operate.
  3. Automatic – kinetic energy from the wearer's wrist is transferred automatically to drive the mechanism inside the watch.

Our alarm-clock are all digital-free, analog, silent (no disturbing ticking sounds) and have a Sweep quartz movement. Thanks to the quartz movement, our clocks are highly accurate at keeping time, too. 

Benefits Of Quartz Movement

  • Accurate Time: A quartz mechanism barely veers from the exact time, ensuring superior accuracy.
  • Ease Of Use: Quartz watches are battery-powered and do not require human intervention to keep ticking.
  • Low Maintenance: The low number of moving parts and the presence of a battery ensure that quartz watches are lower maintenance.
  • Affordability: Mechanical and automatic watches require more watchmaking hours and skill and cost goes often above $500.
  • Durability: A quartz timepiece has fewer moving parts that may require repairing, making it more durable than a mechanical watch.

 


Why our alarm clocks (being Quartz movement) are fully silent?


History and evolution of time keeping technology is fascinating. Sweeping second hand movements are mesmerizing to look at and have always been associated with mechanical watches. It would seem unnatural for a Quartz watch to have a sweeping hand.

However, this challenge, did intrigue many watch makers in 70s. Especially engineers at Seiko where it introduced the first Quartz watch in late 60s. The result is a series of finely crafted masterpieces that combine Quartz technology with the smooth passage of time - denoted by a sweeping second hand. 

So, although traditionally Quartz movement (the movement causes the second hand to move in individual ticks and it's powered by a battery) had always a step movement (ticking noise), today Quartz mechanism can be silent. 

Step movement – the movement causes the second hand to move in individual ticks. 

Sweep movement - the movement moves the second hand in a smooth, continuous motion. This continuous motion eliminates the ticking sound traditional clock motors make.

All our clocks uses Sweep Quartz movement which makes our clocks fully silent,  sleep-friendly as well as affordable, accurate, durable and easy to use (The best of both worlds). 

How to set up the time in an analog of alarm clock?

Step 1: Look for the Control knobs
Look for the respective knobs on the rear side of the clock. Hold the clock face down and you'll find knobs or keys for both, setting the time and setting the alarm. There are usually three knobs in all: one for the hour hand, one for the minute hand and the third for setting the alarm.
Analog alarm clock controls
Step 2: Set the Correct Time
Turn back the clock. Find the time knob and rotate it to set the time. What you truly control is the hour hand as the minutes hand moves along and the seconds hand moves in a continuous motion. 
Analog clock silent
Step 3: Set the Alarm
You'll find that there are 4 small dots or markings between the subsequent numbers on the clock, each representing an interval of 12 minutes. Pull the alarm knob and turn it to set the alarm hand to the exact time.

LET'S SEE SOME EXAMPLES

Set time in alarm clock
SOLUTION
Time: 1:03 (Almost 1:05 which will be both time hands in number 1)
Alarm: 8:00
How to set the time in an analog alarm clock
SOLUTION
Time: 1:25
Alarm: 8:30 (Remember you'll find that there are 4 small dots or markings between the subsequent numbers on the clock, each representing an interval of 12 minutes. Here you are in between the second and third mark which means literally half way between 8 and 9).
How to set the time in an analog alarm clock
SOLUTION
Time: 11:09 (Number 2 means 10 minutes).
Alarm: 7:45  (Remember you'll find that there are 4 small dots or markings between the subsequent numbers on the clock, each representing an interval of 12 minutes. Here you are in between the third and fourth mark = 45min)

 

If you use an analogue alarm clock on your bed instead of your smartphone, you sleep better, wake up more relaxed and set the course for a successful start to the day. Now, it's your turn.