What are retro flip clocks?
Retro flip clock or commonly known as an “analog flip clock“ is a kind of analog clock wherein it has a digital display but has an analog mechanism.
The flip clock is composed of “leaves” which is attached to a wheel. The “leaves” is made up of plastic with numbers printed on one side. As the wheel turns, the plastic “leaves” moves, thus displaying the time.
Flip clocks usually creates an audible sound when the “leaves” flip. But there is a distinction between the hour “leaf” and the minute “leaf” since the hour “leaf” is much louder when it flips. Retro flip clocks usually come in a 12-hour or a 24-hour notation.
The originator of the flip clock is an Italian architect named Gino Valle. He designed the first analog flip clock around 1950’s. Flip clocks only differ in appearance but the mechanism is still the same. The image below shows a Retro Flip Down Clock and the next image is a retro flip clock designed by Gino Valle.
Nowadays, it is hard to find flip clocks since it is considered obsolete. But there are specialty shops selling retro flip clocks for collectors or those who wants some unique clocks.
Online stores such as Barnes and Noble, Little Clock Shop, eBay, and Amazon offers different kinds of retro flip clocks from wall flip clocks to desk flip clocks.
Handling of Retro Flip Clocks
Retro flip clocks are fragile so it should be handled with care. Since it is composed of small parts inside its casing, it is important to see to it that it should not be moved frequently to avoid displacing the parts.
Before opening the casing of retro flip clocks, consider consulting an expert so as not to cause more damage to the clock. Consider placing your flip clock in a safe place to avoid accidentally breaking it.
Retro Flip Clocks repair
Since retro flip clocks are vintage pieces, there are only few people who can troubleshoot such clocks. When purchasing retro flip clocks, make sure that it comes with information as to where the buyer should go when he will encounter problems with the flip clock.
There may be online tutorials on how to fix flip clocks, it is still better to bring it to an expert.