“ Brand: Other Brands / Misc House Type: Clock „
About a week before christmas, well after I had finished buying presents, my boyfriend happened to mention he'd seen a mini dashboard clock in a small gift shop in town. Although he wasn't hinting that I should buy it for him, I went out and did it anyway (I like to spoil him if I can) as he's building rather a large collection of classic mini related items (including two actual cars, lots of metal plates and small models).
So what is this dashboard clock exactly? Well it's designed on the dashboard of a classic mini. In the centre you have the clock (the speedo in the car), to the left you have a temperature gauge (water temperature in the car) and on the right is relative humidity (oil pressure guage in the car). The clock is the largest dial and centrally positioned - the clock dial has a diameter of 2 inches and the 2 smaller dials are just over an inch each. They are black in colour with white and red text in an easy to read font and size. The hands/needles are a red for the 2 smaller dials and the second hand, silver for the hours and minutes - again this makes them easy to see, so this clock is handy to read quickly from a distance.
The base of the clock is an inch thick and angled slightly so the unit leans back slightly to give the proper dashboard feel to it and improve visibility. Despite this though, stability has not been compromised and this sits nicely on top of our mantle piece with no worry of tipping over. The overall unit dimensions are roughly 7 inches long by 3.5 inches high.
The dials themselves are set into silver coloured metallic surround which is then edged another high gloss finished material (from feeling it I can't tell if it's wood or high quality plastic, but it looks like wood). I've seen this in black online (as pictured above) but the one I bought has mahogany coloured edging which I prefer as the dashboard in my boyfriends morris mini 1000 is a mahogany one.
The clock runs off a single AA battery which simply slots into the casing on the back, next to which is situated a dial to adjust the hands for the time, as and when is necessary. The 2 other dials don't need to use any battery power to work as they are affected by the elements which they are measuring.
Price wise I paid £29.99 for this in an independant gift shop, which to me initially seemed quite expensive, but now that I've been living with it for a couple of weeks it does seem to me to be worth this amount. I thought that when I researched it online it would probably be significantly cheaper, however the first place I found it was advertising it for £29.95, so this seems the average/RRP price.
I would certainly recommend this clock - it's stylish, retro, well built, more than just a basic clock and will probably be appreciated by classic car and mini enthusiasts as well as those who like something a little different and quirky.