Retro & Recycled Clocks

Retro & Recycled Clocks

Colleen Quinn
Feb 25, 2011

Because it can be hard sometimes to marry a love of stylish living with a love of technology, we are always delighted to come across functional pieces that can inject a little bit of inner geek into any room. Clocks are an excellent way to achieve this dual purpose because they are essential elements of modern living and offer the chance for easy customization to personal tastes. For anyone with a love of all things retro tech and a committment to the principle of reducing, reusing and recycling, this collection of timepieces created by repurposing outdated technology may be hard to resist.

  1. Donkey Kong Atari 2600 Cartridge Desk Clock: This desk clock is made from a repurposed Atari 2600 Donkey Kong cartridge which has been hollowed out to make room for the clock movements. Custom clocks are available if you have a favorite game you want to celebrate; those too young to remember Atari might want to check out the Nintendo cartidge clock from the same seller. The clock is accurate +/- 3 minutes per year, and will run for two years on one AA battery. ($25 from Etsy store CantAffordEmClocks)
  2. Hotel California Wall Clock: If LPs are your vintage tech of choice, then this website of products made from recycled records is the place for you. If none of the ready made clocks appeal, browse though the list of available LPs to create a custom clock just for you. Prices vary depending on embellishments, but seem to average out around $35.
  3. Computer Circuit Board Desk Clock: Manufactured out of 100% recycled computer parts, this clock stands at approximately 7 1/2 inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide. The circuit board was recycled from an old CD-ROM Drive and the face from a laser etched DVD; even the desk stand is made from recycled acrylic. ($30 from Etsy store GeekGear)
  4. LED Hard Drive Clock: If you want to build your own clock from a computer harddrive, then you can't beat this step by step instruction manual from Ian Smith. According to Ian: "The clock works by removing the top of the hard drive and cutting a slot into the platter. Then lights are mounted underneath and flashed as it spins. By timing it right you can create the illusion of clock hands, color bars or other designs."
  5. Apple G3 Wall Clock: This bright aqua wall clock was created from the front cover of an old Apple G3 computer. It features a new quartz drive movement and an operating cd drive door; it runs on one AA battery. This clock is definitely a conversation started for any Mac lover. ($42 from Etsy store PixelThis)
  6. Cool CD Clock: Another DIY project for the tinkerers among us, this fun option from Instructables has a twist- it uses LightScribe to burn the numbers onto the clock face. This is a quick and easy project if you have the necessary technology, and the end result does indeed look cool!

Image: Photos as linked above.

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