Instead of tick-tock, it’s splish-splash.

Here is a wild and wacky clock invented by a Muslim inventor named Al-Jazari. 100_3115-11

The elephant clock in a manuscript by Al-Jazari (1206 AD) from The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices.

The elephant clock was a medieval invention by Al-Jazari (1136–1206), a muslim engineer and inventor of various clocks including the Elephant clock which consisted of a weight powered water clock in the form of an Asian elephant. This horological technology was derived from earlier Indian clocks that were in turn derived from even earlier Han Chinese clock techology that was originally invented by the Han Chinese polymath Su Song. It is known from his own book that Su Song had utilized even earlier ancient Han Chinese technologies such as the clock escapement mechanismthat was invented by the polymath and buddhist monk Yi Xing as well as the hydraulic powered waterwheel and water clock in the mechanically-driven and rotated equatorial armillary sphere of the Han Chinese polymaths Zhang Heng and Ma Jun. The Elephant clock had some design differences compared to earlier Indian and Han Chinese clocks and the various elements of the clock are in the housing (howdah) on top of the elephant. They were designed to move and make a sound each half-hour.

Al-Jazari upon finishing the development and construction of his Elephant clock wrote: “The elephant represents the Indian and African cultures, the two dragons represents ancient Chinese culture, the phoenix represents Persian culture, the water work represents ancient Greek culture, and the turban represents Islamic culture” signifying the multicultural mentality of the intellectual Al-Jazari.

A modern full-size working reproduction can be found as a centerpiece in the Ibn Battuta Mall, a shopping mall in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. Another working reproduction can be seen outside the Musée d’Horlogerie du Locle, Château des Monts, in Le LocleSwitzerland.


I think its just a little big to be made into a wrist watch.

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