CHESS CLOCK and a Mistery!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1


    Let me be clear: I do not like official chess clocks (FIDE chess-DGT) which are expensive and with plenty of plastic.

    I always liked German chess clocks like Rolland and Garde,  and Garde has always been the favorite chess clock.

    Let’s us look to the pictures:

    1 - Garde Chess Clock analog

    2 - Current Chess Clock digital Garde


    Well, it happens that I have a very rare Garde chess clock, if I am not mistaken the 1st digital German brand. This watch was on sale very shortly: Nº. of units reduced and then disappeared forever. Even on Ebay it is very difficult to find one . My clock have the number 36.


    It is an analog and digital clock at same time, that works simultaneously on three functions: it has clockwise and normal arrow,  time digits and a time bar - Pointers in clock display. When the arrow falls, digits and bar indicate the loss of time in exactly the same time. The time sets automatically and pointers rotate freely until the desired cadence!

    Let's play a Blitz game 5m ? Okay


    The clock is seting! Look to the bar, The digits and to the Clockwise.


    Once,  yDo you see the Time in three "fronts" ?


     have ... the tic-tac of a clock characteristic old times chess clocks!

    Perfectly suited and slow and blitz games, I use it many times in training sessions.


    I Love My Garde Chess Clock, but the Mistery....

    Does anyone know why this watch is no longer manufactured?

    Thanks for the answer!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #2


    actually, you can find this clock fairly frequently on, and pretty cheap too. Right now, someone is selling a lot of 8 such clocks here:

    And there's at least 2 more available from another seller.

    I have an old pre 1989 Garde and it still works great. Not as pretty as as some of the other vintage analogue wooden clocks like Koopman or Posingis, but very reliable. However, this electronic model seems very compromised and half-hearted in terms of design, and I'm not surprised in was quickly replaced by a full digital model.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #3


    The sets on ebay are of a chess club. The seller dont sell outside Germany.

    Frankhelwig, Garde had a digital one -look at the pictures. I had never a problem with this clock. He works great. Garde was the trademark of some WCC.  To be honest, DGT is powerful in marketing and so on.

    I think that Garde never approches to marketing and to FIFA "generals" ! And his chess clocks despite the enormous quality was surpassed by other interests not chess.

    Chess pieces yes, but I'm not an expert in chess clocks. I adore my Giant Russian chess clock, my rolland, and my hungarian Mom and that's all.

    Thanks for the reply.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #4


    Yes, the Hungarian Mom is very lovely too. The Russian one you mentioned is probably a copy of an old German HAC clock. Hard to find those...

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #5


    Why is it always 5:55?

    Can't tell if it is AM or PM tho.

    I prefer the DGT tbh.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #6


    A video of this mysterious clock in action:

    Thank me later. :-*

    > My clock have the number 36.

    Pfft. This one has the serial number 3.


  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7



    The minute hand is not accurate at all, it only clicks over when a minute is up... and it can't go backwards, so if it clicks over when a minute is up, and the player plays fast enough to add another minute to the clock, the minute hand will be way off.

    Seriously, what is the point in having the analogue clock component if it is not accurate??

    Way prefer the DGT.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #8


    There is a reason this clock did not make it on the market. The rumor is they sold a couple of hundred only.

    This clock is not suitable for serious competitive play as it severely lacks flexibility at adjusting time controls for modern FIDE tournament play.

    A game in the park? A wonderful clock! Oldtimers first hate it then love it as it sets itself up automagically, no need to fetch the reading glasses between games. No cheating at setting times. The flag falls audibly with a click. Accurate. Wood. Stainless steel lever. Germany. Quality.

    Have you ever pushed a button on a Garde clock? Soooooo satisfying ...


  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9


    Ok... to me, satisfying is when you come back from a very hard position to win against a player rated higher than you... not pushing a button on a clock.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #10


    Oh, so true, ...

    But why are you slumming here, the righteous one? This is the Chess Books & Equipment Forum, no?


  • 4 years ago · Quote · #11


    What, so just because this is forum such and such, we are to just admire any piece of hardware?  Sorry but no... if a clock is lame then it should be called out as such, should it not?!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #12


    You can find Garde digital chess clocks and analog chess clocks at a new Canadian site I have the new digital clock and it is great.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #13


    They aren't made cause it is a new generation and they're trying to improve everything.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #14


    Also, mystery is spelled with a y, not an i.

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