Chess clocks are a creation of the 19th century, when timing chess games via sand clocks was considered to be of little practical use. The first chess clocks were made by watchmakers combining two mechanisms on a balanced lever – Fattorini in London. Later, more standard designs came about in order to respond more adequately to practical play. The end of technical clocks is in sight, enforced by varied time rhythms imposed by FIDE.

King of Aires

A Buenos Aires “King” clock. The most significant part of the entrails are the three massive lead slugs meant to stabilise this high and narrow clock. Chinese clockwork. 


Sutton Coldfield

By publisher of Chess Magazine B.H. Wood. Push lever action. First versions were composed of two alarm clocks. The later model in a  plastic case. 


Czech Kienzle
Made in 1940s in the Kienzle factory in Chomutov/ Komotau, Czechoslovakia. A massive base provide excellent stability. Ingenious changeover mechanism, with a stop-all bottom. Source: