Antikythera mechanism in a wristwatch


34 Responses to “Antikythera mechanism in a wristwatch”

  1. slowtiger says:

    With all respect, but writing latin month names in greek letters is a Bad Idea.

    • Dave Jenkins says:

      Wow!  No doubt!  Look at “February”– I am reading it as “GSVRARPSI”, which is a pretty cool name for a band, IMHO.

  2. yri says:

    Too cool!

    I’ve been wanting to crochet a doily based on the antikythera mechanism, but I’ve decided I need new bifocals before I can manage all those gears…

  3. UrbanUndead says:

    The alethiometer industry has been having to do some work-arounds recently, due to the escalating price of gold.

  4. awillett says:

    Sigma-for-E and theta-for-O substitutions bug the hell out of me. It’s not clever and Greeky; it just shows you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  5. chaopoiesis says:

    ” – but why? ”

    A suffix applicable to a good 99.5% of Boing Boing.

  6. Grey Devil says:

    That looks really sexy ;)

  7. Actually, it’s closer to GSBRNLPS. Yes, I know, it’s petty. I blame all those years of Greek in my youth.

  8. Art says:

    Woah!  That’s wonderful!

  9. Art says:

    To the nit-picky comments.  Shall you show us what you’ve accomplished lately?

    • noah says:

      I’ve written in English using the correct characters for the language.

      • Spriggan_Prime says:

        I suppose nowadays on the internet this is considered to be an achievement. I shudder to think of the current generation raised on LOL cats, misspelled demotivational posters and L33t 5p34k, while their teachers were busy rallying to keep their meager salaries and health benefits.

    • kartwaffles says:

      The ability to read Greek, for a start?

  10. demidan says:

    I wonder if there is 2100 man hours in that design, one for each year since it was built.  Even at Chinese labour prices I know I can’t afford one,,,damn.

  11. noah says:

    That said, it looks like the picture above is a computer rendering. The actual watch can be seen here. Note that they used Latin characters for the Latin month names (which are in Latin, e.g. Iunius, Augustus, etc.). The Greek words on the inner ring are in Greek.

    A wise decision was made between the computer rendering and construction stages….

  12. scionofgrace says:

    ” – but why?”

    *looks at watch* You have to ask?

    Man, that’s gorgeous. Anybody got a fortune laying around they’re not using?

  13. Dave M. says:

    I hate to say it but that black detail over a plastic looking grey finish is terrible. (is that really the finished version?!)

    This would have been beautiful if it was simply made of brass/gold with steel/platinum details.

    Also, that pseudo Greek writing is the equivalent using Papyrus font on a recreation of an Egyptian relic

  14. hazdaz says:

    Will the English-language people of the world please, please, please realize that the capital letter sigma is NOT an “E”. 
    Its a damn “S” for Pete’s sake…. stop trying to directly substitute Greek letters for English ones just because they “look” right.

  15. Roy Trumbull says:

    Have you noticed that a major advertiser in magazines and newspapers are watch companies. That’s a sure sign of a soft market that has to be pumped, pumped, pumped.

  16. RJ says:

    Having an astrarium in a wristwatch would be cool, but wildly impractical. However, offer it in a spring-driven mantlepiece design? Oh lawd, yes.

    What’s that? Did someone think “orrery” just now? Because I sure did. God, how I’d love to build an orrery into the bedroom ceiling, using the ceiling fan as the sun. And in the midnight blue ceiling, tiny fiber optics would simulate the pinpoint lights of the stars. A simple arduino design could even ensure the stars fade in and out at dusk and dawn.

    Basically, don’t show me stuff like that watch. It makes me want to turn the entire house into a planetarium.

  17. rabidpotatochip says:

    RJ, if you’re seriously looking into a starfield ceiling this is the best example I’ve found:

    It’s very high on my list of crazy projects I’m totally going to do when my wife’s not looking.

    • RJ says:

      That one does look pretty good. I see he used fiber optics, too. The first place I saw the starfield effect done with fiber was on a concrete countertop done by Fu-Tung Cheng. It looked incredible, so it was just a short mental leap from Cheng’s design to the bedroom ceiling. If you like the ceiling effect, check out Cheng’s work. You’ll either end up with a really wild, cool interior design or… y’know. Divorced.

  18. echthroi says:

    Now this is something Watchismo should carry!

  19. Petzl says:

    I was going to buy one, but as soon as I saw the Greek-mangling, its: KΘξBAI.

  20. juepucta says:

    It’s Kojak o’clock!

  21. Peter Yard says:

    If you can afford it I am sure they will change the character set and words to your choosing. My oh my though, isn’t it a sight to behold? *sigh*

  22. Guest says:

    Why is October all bumped out like that? It puts my birthday in a very unique location. 

  23. kartwaffles says:

    The fake Greek is utterly retarded. If this is meant to be a sophisticated and intelligent watch, why did the designer go to such great lengths to demonstrate their illiteracy?

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