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On an unrelated note, I wish there was a wall clock with the real Swiss stop-to-go[1] action...

Edit: and [2] would make for a great 11.5" laptop sticker

[1] http://www.3quarks.com/en/StationClock/index.html

[2] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b2/SBB-CFF-FFS.sv...




Wow, cool site! I'm obsessed with these clocks now.

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I'm pretty sure you can buy them from inside the SBB ticket centers, but you can at least buy wrist watches from mondaine:

http://www.mondaine.com/mondaine/

edit: Looks like you can buy the wall clocks online from SBB itself http://www.sbbshop.ch/pub/index.php?page=goods&c=8&s...

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They do not start/stop.

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I'm certain I've seen clocks which pause on the minute like the stop-to-go ones sold in rail enthusiast magazines, railway museum gift shops etc. many years ago. Obviously, they don't include an actual stop-to-go master/slave system, they just fake it.

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They used to make stoptogo versions back in 2001 but discontinued them because it loose or gain 20s a day.

The real ones get a pulse over the power line from a master clock every minute setting the time. The rotation of the seconds is just a motor using the electric grid's 50 Hz.

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Dealbreaker :(

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As a Swiss I'm amazed to find this all over the news today. I didn't even know that this train station clock design is that famous.

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You can get master clocks and slave clocks on eBay, antique or not, with lots of character or not. But they're a pain, since you need to connect the slave to the master with a cable.

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Actually - you can get a little circuit board to drive the slave clock without needing a master clock. It mounts to the back of the clock. See here (in German):

http://nebenuhrsteuerung.de/

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The 3quarks.com page is exhaustive in detail about the station clock, with a customizable working clock well worth a look.

At the end the author, RĂ¼diger Appel, points to his free iOS clock app: http://itunes.apple.com/en/app/clockmaker/id493255256?mt=8

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I meant a physical wall clock, not an app. I suppose I could mount and iPad on my wall and run the app, but I don't want to spend several hundred dollars on a clock that will sue me.

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