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Are clocks passé? Just because everyone has a smartphone doesn’t mean a dedicated time piece is unnecessary. On the contrary, now that clocks and watches are not really needed to tell the time, you can use them for other means as well.

While watches are getting smarter Should You Buy A Smartwatch Now, Or Wait? Should You Buy A Smartwatch Now, Or Wait? Everyone is talking about smartwatches and other wearables as "the next big thing." So, should you buy a smartwatch today, or wait for the smartwatches to come? Read More and smarter, wall clocks generally remain their old stupid self. But they no longer have to be circles with plain numbers. Whether you’re actually a geek or not, you won’t be able to withstand these unique clocks.

Super Mario Bros 3 Clock ($9.99)

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Who said geeky clocks need to be expensive? icentre9 is an Etsy shop that offers hundreds of clocks to choose from, ranging from my favorite Super Mario clock you see above, to beer clocks, Star Trek clocks, sports clock, and pretty much anything else you can come with. You can even order a customized clock with the picture of your choosing.

For $9.99, I don’t expect these to be of exceptional quality, but hey, it’s not like you need the clock to actually tell the time, right?

Equation Clock ($25)

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I have no idea what this clock says, but Math geeks are bound to enjoy a clock only they can read. Other than its unusual numbers, this clock offers a simple design that will appeal to almost anyone. There is a key to all those weird symbols on the website, so you may enjoy this one even if you’re not a Math geek. Just to spite everyone else who can’t read it.

If you’re more into black, you can check out this clock’s sibling which comes with different equations, and costs $30. There’s also another version of this clock over at ThinkGeek for $25.

LED Binary Clock ($25)

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I already mentioned this clock when discussing geeky toys for students Spruce Up Your College Dorm Room With These 8 Geeky Gadgets Spruce Up Your College Dorm Room With These 8 Geeky Gadgets Ready for yet another boring school year? Okay, school doesn't have to be boring, what with new friends, old friends, being away from home and learning loads of new things. But after the novelty wears... Read More , but no geeky clock collection is complete without it: the LED binary clock. Joining the group of clocks most people can’t read, this is another way to decorate your room while confusing the enemy. In fact, many people might not even realize it’s a clock, wondering what this weird contraption on your desk might be.

If you’re into this stuff, you’d be happy to know the clock can display the time in true binary as well as in powers of two binary mode. Yay!

Tetris Animated Alarm Clock ($30)

A Tetris game that also tells the time? It’s all coming together in this Tetris-themed animated alarm clock. While you can’t actually play with it, watching those numbers change brick by Tetris brick is pretty mesmerizing. To top it all off, it can even wake you up to the sounds of the Tetris theme. What more could you want?

Customizable Zazzle Clock ($21-$32)

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If you have something specific in mind for your clock, and can’t find it online or in any store, Zazzle lets you create your own clock design in one of three different shapes and sizes (small round, large round and square). If creating a design from scratch is too much, Zazzle also offers quite a collection of geeky designs, such as the 404 clock you see above.

The cool thing about these ready-made designs is that they are customizable too. For some designs, you can actually go in and move elements around. Others are not as customizable. Just click the “Customize it!” button on your favorite design to find out what you can do.

Carbon Fiber Bike Chain Clock ($44)

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There is such a thing as bike geeks, and for them, this is the perfect clock. Made of an actual bike chain, the clock can serve as a constant reminder of your favorite vehicle, even when you’re stationary in your room or office. Other than the bike chain, the clock is made from carbon fiber, and can be either hung on a wall or placed on a desk using the included stand.

If you look around the LedonGifts Etsy shop, you’ll find this clock in several more colors, as well as other interesting bike and car themed clocks you might like.

Recycled Computer Clock ($35-$56)

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Can a recycled motherboard, a hard drive or a circuit board become a clock? Apparently they can, with a little help from an Etsy store called ReComputing. What you see above is only an example — the store offers dozens of different clocks to choose from, all made from recycled computer parts.

If you’re interested, the store also offers other items made from recycled computers, such as jewelry, belt buckles, keychains, and more.

Star Wars and Star Trek Clocks ($99-$130)

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This gorgeous Star Trek clock, as well as the Star Wars version you see below, are sold on Etsy by YOUgNeek. According to the descriptions, these clocks are handmade and unique, so the order of ships you get is different for every clock. You can also mention some of your favorite ships if you want to make sure they’re included. The Star Wars version can include all sorts of elements from the famous movie series — not just ships.

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While these clocks are much more expensive than other options, they’re made of brushed aluminum and glass, as opposed to plastic, so you definitely get some better quality for you money. At least on paper.

Are you convinced that you need a clock? I can see where you’re coming from. If you came all this way to find a geeky gift but you’re not convinced, here are some more geeky gift options Holiday Shopping List: For The Geeks Who Never Grew Up Holiday Shopping List: For The Geeks Who Never Grew Up It's with pleasure I present you with this list of super gifts for the geek who never grew up. Mum, I hope you're reading this. Read More that are not clocks.

Do you own a geeky clock? Dreaming of getting a specific one? Tell us about it in the comments.

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  1. Guy M
    April 29, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I've always been fascinated by clockworks and am just getting into learning how to make them. The British Horological Society has a distance ed. course to become a clock and watch technician. First lesson is free, so you can learn some basic terminology and such.
    Computers are just an extension of clocks in so many ways. Love'm!

  2. vinod
    April 29, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I wouldn't take them, even if they were free. They are all ugly looking

  3. Martin
    April 28, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    How about a Clayton Boyer clock like this one:

    http://www.lisaboyer.com/Claytonsite/marblestrikepage1.htm

    • Yaara L
      April 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Awesome!!!

  4. Brian L.
    April 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    As long as smartphones can get lost and batteries that can die, clocks will always be necessary. In any case, I'd take a SMB3 clock.

  5. geo
    April 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Consider the "Salvadore Dali Melting clock" . Should appeal to geeks and the artsy crowd as well.

    http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Home-Salvador-Inspired-Melting/dp/B00EKUV942/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1398701029&sr=8-15&keywords=dali+clocks

  6. John D. Mueller
    April 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I purchased an Atmos clock off of craigslist after learning about them. They are amazing! They are designed to have very low friction and run purely off of temperature and atmospheric pressure changes--"A temperature variation of only one degree in the range between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius, or a pressure variation of 3 mmHg, is sufficient for two days' operation."

    • Yaara L
      April 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Wow, that sounds crazy.. I've never heard of these clocks before. Thanks for sharing!

  7. R Good
    April 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I have a collection of radio-controlled clocks. They receive the NIST (aka National Bureau of Standards) 60 KHz signal from Fort Collins, CO. They synchronize every night and therefore are quite accurate. I use them to verify that my phone clock is "close enough".

    Both LCD and analog clocks are readily available.

  8. London Boy
    April 28, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I have a clock that goes counter-clockwise! So the 3 marker is on the left, and 9 on the right of the face.
    It ALWAYS gets a comment when people see it for the first time - and my guests always try to read the time when the pop round!

    • Yaara L
      April 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      That's pretty cool!

  9. Saikat B
    April 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    The Equation Clock is best of the list IMO. It's neat. DIY-ers really build some of their own.

  10. Ian H.
    April 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Missed opportunity on the Star Wars one by not having the hands be lightsabers...

  11. ReadandShare
    April 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    May I add the ultra entertaining, mesmerizing (and geeky) Time Machine Ball Bearing clock?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svGiLfZWEcs

    • Yaara L
      April 27, 2014 at 11:50 am

      That's awesome!! Love it! Thanks for sharing that. :)

  12. Gagan Jaiswal
    April 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    i love recycled motherboard

  13. Scott K.
    April 25, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    My geeky clock is the one that has a dome over a clock with bent hands, when you turn the light on inside the dome, the shadow of the clock hands are in the circle of light shining on the wall. The dome is held on by 4 pegs that demark the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions on the wall. I also like my projection clock that shows the time and outside temperature on the ceiling. Then there is my kitchen clock that is a ceramic breakfast (eggs, bacon and toast) with the hands being a fork and a knife. You guessed it, I like odd clocks.

    • Yaara L
      April 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Wow, these sound awesome! Especially the first one you described. Does it have a name? Can I find it online?

    • Scott K.
      April 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      I bought it a few years ago from a closeout website, one of those deal a day sites. The full name of it is "New Time Vision Shadow Wall Clock" and a Google search does show a lot of entries, but they all seem old. Best part was that I only paid $5 for it...

  14. Jurmy C
    April 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Omg, I love them, will be one from above in a future giveaway or possible for points redeeming ?

    • Yaara L
      April 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

      That's an interesting idea! We'll definitely think about it. :)

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