Wall Clocks Through Time

When you think of decorating a home, you think of many things: the colour of the walls, the furniture, designs on the walls, any art pieces, lights, floor, and much more. You end up with hundreds and thousands of combinations for each room. However, one piece, which used to be absolutely necessary for any home till just a few years back is often late to come to mind. The wall clock, or the wanduhr.

Receding in The Background

When we say wall clocks, we don’t just mean the traditional wall clocks. We mean any kind of clock that fits the description, be it traditional, modern, digital, antique, Rolex wanduhr etc. If you go back a decade and a half, wall clocks were essential for any household. They were responsible for keeping everyone on time, helping your mom remember when to switch the channel from your cartoons to her daily soaps, and much more. Then mobile phones started taking away the spotlight and once smartphones came into our lives; wall clocks became quite obsolete.

Nobody has time to look up and check the time anymore. They can see it on their notification bar. But, even after their functionality has been reduced to a fraction of what it was, they still provide an aesthetic feel to any room they are in. Rooms still feel incomplete without a digital wall of some sort.

Evolution of Wall Clocks

Wall clocks weren’t always as diverse as they are today. Today you can find a Rolex wanduhr, animal-themed wanduhrs, and much more. But earlier, it often used to be just a few designs.

  • Grandfather clocks: These were big, bulky clocks which used to adorn the living rooms of houses. There big size suited the big sizes of the homes that were prevalent during those times. They were often made of very sturdy wood and were made to last more than a lifetime, as is evident by the number of clocks still in working condition today. Nowadays, they are much more of a collectible item, though many still use them to connect with their heritage.
  • Traditional clocks: These are the clocks you think of when you think of wall clocks. These are analog clocks which were much less bulky and very convenient for slightly smaller homes, or different rooms. The pendulums were removed in favour of batteries. These are the clocks which many of us still use today.
  • Modern clocks: Distinguishing these clocks from traditional clocks is a bit difficult because they are both generally analog. However, these clocks are distinctively modern in their design. Moreover, they have a lot of designs to choose from like ones with no numbers, or ones with less spokes, etc. It’s these clocks which paved the way for designer clocks like the Rolex wanduhr and more.
  • Digital clocks: These clocks are self-explanatory. They show time in the digital format instead of analog. Their design can be booth traditional and modern, because it’s their mode of display which separates them from other clocks.
  • Designer clocks: While a case can be made that most old clocks were designed on demand, these clocks are different because of their unique designs. Like the Rolex wanduhr we have mentioned quite a few times, these clocks have a niche market for themselves.


While these nifty little machines might find themselves on the wrong side of the evolution of technology, they are still here for quite some time. Even today, with all our phones and other gadgets, we still find ourselves looking up quite a few times to see the time. Whether this will phase out in the next few generations is something that remains to be seen.

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