Analog Chess Clock!

BrooklynBrown
In my opinion, an analog chess clock is the best: low price, no time delay, batteries are NOT required. Let me hear your thoughts. ;)
IMBacon

I miss the days of analog clocks.  

BrooklynBrown
I swear by my cheap analog chess clock. Nothing worse than losing $100 digital clock or breaking it. laugh out loud
IMBacon

"Back in the day" When we would be playing speed chess on an analog clock, we would hit the thing so hard trying to get that red flag to drop!

BrooklynBrown
Hehe! Yes those dirty tricks never get old. ;)
TundraMike

I used to love the sound of the ticking when the TD announced start white's clock. Was a soothing sound. Well, we all know it's ancient history and now a collector's item for the much older ones. 

IMBacon
wiscmike wrote:

I used to love the sound of the ticking when the TD announced start white's clock. Was a soothing sound. Well, we all know it's ancient history and now a collector's item for the much older ones. 

Analog clocks are like LP's, while digital clocks are like CD's.  I miss the hissing, and popping of an LP, just like i miss that "tick...tick...tick" of an analog clock.

FrankHelwig

I have a large collection of analog chess clocks and appreciate them as collectible aesthetic objects, but I consider them functionally inferior to digital clocks - the ticking is annoying, you don't have precision that can be crucial in tight time controls, you don't have move counts or time control options like increments/delays, and analog clocks are overall not as reliable/robust as well-made digital clocks... I have a approx. 25 year old Chronos that still functions flawlessly, while old analog clocks break down and/or need expensive fixes to the clock mechanism very frequently in comparison.

IMBacon
FrankHelwig wrote:

I have a large collection of analog chess clocks and appreciate them as collectible aesthetic objects, but I consider them functionally inferior to digital clocks - the ticking is annoying, you don't have precision that can be crucial in tight time controls, you don't have move counts or time control options like increments/delays, and analog clocks are overall not as reliable/robust as well-made digital clocks... I have a approx. 25 year old Chronos that still functions flawlessly, while old analog clocks break down and/or need expensive fixes to the clock mechanism very frequently in comparison.

All valid points, but i also think they are part of the problem with chess today.  Everyone wants everything done for them.  

"the ticking is annoying"  This i dont get?  I find it soothing.

 "you don't have precision that can be crucial in tight time controls"  Of course you have precison.  If that little red flag falls, you lose.  back in the day, we could manage a time scramble, and keep an eye on the flag.  I honestly dont think people could do it now.  They need the clock to tell them when the game is over.

"you don't have move counts..."  Again...part of what im saying.  This is why you have a score sheet, and why you need to keep accurate record of the game.  But now all we have to do is stare at the clock, and it lets me know.

I see this as an extension to modern technonolgy and an over dependence on it.  Its like the cell phone.  People expect it to do everything.  No one remembers anyones phone numbers anymore.  Too much technonlogy makes us lazy and stupid.

Just my opinion...

FrankHelwig
IMBacon wrote:

 "you don't have precision that can be crucial in tight time controls"  Of course you have precison.  If that little red flag falls, you lose. 

Sure. But when setting up Blitz time controls, I can probably give myself an extra 15 secs w/out you even noticing just by how I position the minute hand. And that's assuming both clocks are running at the same speed...

Probably not an issue when at a tournament and you're ranked high enough for a TD to be setting the clock, but if you're hustling at a public space, this matters...happy.png

IMBacon
FrankHelwig wrote:
IMBacon wrote:

 "you don't have precision that can be crucial in tight time controls"  Of course you have precison.  If that little red flag falls, you lose. 

Sure. But when setting up Blitz time controls, I can probably give myself an extra 15 secs w/out you even noticing just by how I position the minute hand. And that's assuming both clocks are running at the same speed...

Yea...but hitting a digital clock hard doesnt have the same effect :-)

FrankHelwig
IMBacon wrote:

Yea...but hitting a digital clock hard doesnt have the same effect :-)

I'll agree w/ that. happy.png

RussBell

Ironically, just looked at my emails a moment ago and saw one from USCF announcing - Mechanical Chess Clock Flash Sale....not sure how long it will last...

https://www.uscfsales.com/regulation-wooden-mechanical-chess-clock.html?utm_source=USCF+sales&utm_campaign=f429da7ee3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_12_01_56_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_417a5eb136-f429da7ee3-237314325&mc_cid=f429da7ee3&mc_eid=31cfee45fb

 

IMBacon
FrankHelwig wrote:
IMBacon wrote:

Yea...but hitting a digital clock hard doesnt have the same effect :-)

I'll agree w/ that.

I love my Chronos touch sensor clock, and maybe its the old guy in me talking, but i would take a good 'ole BHB, and i know there was German made clock whos name escapes me.  

SeniorPatzer
IMBacon wrote:
FrankHelwig wrote:
IMBacon wrote:

Yea...but hitting a digital clock hard doesnt have the same effect :-)

I'll agree w/ that.

I love my Chronos touch sensor clock, and maybe its the old guy in me talking, but i would take a good 'ole BHB, and i know there was German made clock whos name escapes me.  

 

Heh, heh.  I still have my old analog chess clock.  Made in Germany too.  Here's a picture.  And I still have the box too!

 

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IMBacon
SeniorPatzer wrote:
IMBacon wrote:
FrankHelwig wrote:
IMBacon wrote:

Yea...but hitting a digital clock hard doesnt have the same effect :-)

I'll agree w/ that.

I love my Chronos touch sensor clock, and maybe its the old guy in me talking, but i would take a good 'ole BHB, and i know there was German made clock whos name escapes me.  

 

Heh, heh.  I still have my old analog chess clock.  Made in Germany too.  Here's a picture.  And I still have the box too!

 

 

Now thats a chess clock!

verylate

I still have my old Koopman, at my apartment in China. I loved that clock, and trusted it a lot more than I ever trusted any shiny plastic toy

 

BrooklynBrown

A couple weeks ago, one of my chess buddies expensive digital chess clock stopped working. He had damaged it in some kind of way. Luckily for him, I went into the trunk of my car, and then gave him one of my OLD analog chess clocks.  I told him "Christmas came early this year for you!" We must respect the analog chess clock: inexpensive and reliable.

madratter7
FrankHelwig wrote:

I have a large collection of analog chess clocks and appreciate them as collectible aesthetic objects, but I consider them functionally inferior to digital clocks - the ticking is annoying, you don't have precision that can be crucial in tight time controls, you don't have move counts or time control options like increments/delays, and analog clocks are overall not as reliable/robust as well-made digital clocks... I have a approx. 25 year old Chronos that still functions flawlessly, while old analog clocks break down and/or need expensive fixes to the clock mechanism very frequently in comparison.

 

+1

I'm an older guy, and I just don't get the attraction of analog clocks (I do own one), or LPs (I still have some of those wretched things as well).

Sometimes progress really is progress. I know people are averse to change and that explains much of this.

BrooklynBrown
madratter7 wrote:
FrankHelwig wrote:

I have a large collection of analog chess clocks and appreciate them as collectible aesthetic objects, but I consider them functionally inferior to digital clocks - the ticking is annoying, you don't have precision that can be crucial in tight time controls, you don't have move counts or time control options like increments/delays, and analog clocks are overall not as reliable/robust as well-made digital clocks... I have a approx. 25 year old Chronos that still functions flawlessly, while old analog clocks break down and/or need expensive fixes to the clock mechanism very frequently in comparison.

 

+1

I'm an older guy, and I just don't get the attraction of analog clocks (I do own one), or LPs (I still have some of those wretched things as well).

Sometimes progress really is progress. I know people are averse to change and that explains much of this.

I have an analog  chess clock that's about 34 years old. Since I was 15 years old, it has been my favorite chess clock. It has been my companion all over NYC, and all of my chess battles along the east coast of America. Many years ago, I wanted to "upgrade" to digital. I bought a black Game Timer from the U.S. chess museum. They both work beautifully but nothing makes me feel at home at the chess board like an analog chess clock. I guess it helps me summon Capablanca, Nimzowitsch, Tarrasch...