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    Self-Winding Steering Wheel Clocks



    I was watching Jay Leno’s Garage on youtube. The subject was a 1958 Chrysler 300D Fuel Injected and it happened to have a "Self-Winding Steering Wheel Clock". Well in all my years I have never heard of them before. Have you?

    Keeping time in the obscure world of the steering wheel clock
    https://www.hagerty.com/articles-vid...ng-wheel-clock

    Self winding steering wheel clock / watch page
    http://www.roadkillontheweb.com/clocks.html


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    First I've heard about them, proper cool.

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    Very smart indeed. I was reading an article earlier in the week that mentioned en passant Alfred Dunhill was the originator of the dashboard clock... anyone know more about the history of vehicular time-telling?

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    “At 60 miles an hour the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock”

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    They don’t do advertising like that anymore, do they? “People who feel diffident about buying a Rolls Royce can buy a Bentley.”

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    Equipped with the 'Firepower 6.4litre Hemi' and only 35 built that year with fuel injection. Somewhat more exciting than most on offer in the UK that year perhaps. Living the dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGJG View Post
    ... anyone know more about the history of vehicular time-telling?
    I know that Sandoz-Vuille made some 8-Day dash clocks in the 1920s/30s and were eventually taken over by Doxa, who adopted the design. They were based on travel clocks like one I used to have.



    The first purpose-made ‘dashboard’ clocks might have been issued WW1 cockpit clocks I guess like the Mark IV. I don’t know if Edwardian cars had such a thing.

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    Smith's made a dashboard clock. Non hacking, not automatic, magnetic back. I have one keeps good time.

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    Smiths made the electric clocks (and the instruments) fitted in all the Jaguar MkII, S type, 420, Mk10, 420G and E-types along with supplying most of the British manufactured cars back in those days.

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    I have the one above too...


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    Sorry I couldn't resist.

    History of car clocks
    https://www.google.com/search?q=hist...32.2hKaYREdfEc

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    That self winding steering wheel clock is a simple but effective idea, surprised that other manufacturers didn't pick up on it. Wind as you drive.

    I remember valve radios in cars in the 50's and 60's. And I used to travel to Lincoln with a few Indian guys in a Zephyr that was fitted with a record player that played 45rpm singles, inserted into a slot in the dash - not good on a bumpy road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    That self winding steering wheel clock is a simple but effective idea, surprised that other manufacturers didn't pick up on it. Wind as you drive.

    I remember valve radios in cars in the 50's and 60's. And I used to travel to Lincoln with a few Indian guys in a Zephyr that was fitted with a record player that played 45rpm singles, inserted into a slot in the dash - not good on a bumpy road.
    Only in an old American car could you keep it fully wound driving in a straight line though.

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