Square it! – LED Watch Design

Design submitted by David from UK.

Looking for alternatives to the Twelve 5-9 format, David wanted a system that was simple to read if you know the code, but of course difficult if you don’t.

Time is read by reading the 4 rows from top to bottom, the first 2 are hours and the second 2 are minutes.  You square vertical lines so I = 1, II = 4, III = 9.  \ means -1 and / means +1.  So, \\III should equal to 7 and II// equals to 6.

This watch design should appeal to people who like codes or math.  It is a unique way of displaying the time and with practice it’s very easy.

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11 Responses to “Square it! – LED Watch Design”

  1. avatar Aphosno says:

    Strange looking display is cool. Nice code you invented there.

  2. avatar Samukun says:

    2,4,9 +-1 or 2. Wow that’s clever. Takes a bit calculating but yes, after some time it is easy. I wonder, if you can read such displays after one year just by looking at it, without calculating, because you get used to the little images. That would be cool to impress friends :) I think this is a more clever display than the predator ones we have in the blog. I looks alien but is is easier. My opinion. Good watch David!

    I I/ II/ II

    • avatar David says:

      Thanks for the comments. With a little practice you can read it very quickly. It also works with an inverted triangle slotted in between the slashes \\ // instead of the 3 verticle lines. One side lit =1, 2 sides lit = 4 and 3 sides lit =9.

      • avatar Hideki says:

        “With a little practice you can read it very quickly”.

        This is one of the reasons I love TokyoFlash. Nice job on this design.

        uh, 11:27 looks like it’s giving you the finger.

  3. avatar Gabriel Balas-Baconschi says:

    very interesting design. I like it, but it seems a little bit complicated to read the time. i like the case and the strap, looking as a whole concept.

  4. avatar Ace says:

    Meh, the Cubic Equation is a lot better as math themed watch.

  5. avatar Jerod says:

    like the bladerunner/cyber-punk design. might be hard to read, but could learn.

  6. avatar werwolf says:

    really dig the design: red display on black body – always a winner. :)
    time telling mechanic is easy enough to grasp. probably a bit counterintuitive the first few days, but will become routine after that, i could imagin. definitely going onto my “would buy” list.

  7. avatar DianDi says:

    too confusing

  8. avatar said says:

    I like the strap and the way to read the time! It kind of fit well!

  9. avatar Steve says:

    A nice watch design – My only concern is the use of a fourth “row” for hours 11-12. Why not just “III//” for 11? How about the outer most slash is -2/+2, the inner most slash is -1/+1? That way, you can keep the entire time in 3 rows without the extraneous need for a fourth row? Other then that, a nice watch.