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  • The Knowing Flip Clock

    The Knowing Flip Clock

    The Knowing Flip Clock
    As appears in the 2009 Nicholas Cage Movie "Knowing"

    Movie Synopsis: Fifty years after it was buried in a elementary school time capsule, a schoolgirl's number filled sheet of paper, written under the influence of mysterious, whispering beings, finds it way into the hands of Caleb Koestler, the son of M.I.T. professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage). John comes to realize that the encoded message accurately lists every major disaster with significant deaths, from the past five decades, and predicts three future catastrophes. The most horrific being the end of the world. After the first two of the last three predicted events...

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  • Making a new orange neon glow flip clock bulb assembly

    Making a new orange neon glow flip clock bulb assembly

    Making a new orange neon glow flip clock bulb assembly.
    - is it worth it?

    Anyone who has ever opened up one of the older, vintage flip clocks has seen them. The orange neon glow bulbs (or lamps as many call them). Unfortunately, if you're opening up a flip clock to restore or repair it, that "orange" lamp is probably no longer lit, and likely, the bulb is blackened. So, one of the most common questions among flip clock fans is ... "where do I get one of those orange bulbs?"

    Neon Bulb Alternatives?
    As many of you know ... it's not just a matter of getting a bulb. It's understanding what voltage is involved and what resistor is needed. A reply from some of our novice flip clock fans is frequently, "well, then what kind of LED can I just throw in there?"

    Well, unless you're Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, there'll be no throwing anything in or around flip clocks.

    LED replacements can actually be even more complicated as you will have to get a source of DC current, possibly off the circuit board, or you'll have to insert a converter inside the cabinet. Then, you'll still need to know the proper resistor to use. It ain't easy kid.

    But then again, it's not above your abilities grasshopper. So let's just consider.

    Why not go LED? They last longer. - Maybe they do, and maybe they don't. The idea that LEDs last forever is a fallacy. Besides, why restore a flip clock if you're going to let modern technology invade the scene. Additionally, pulling current off the clock/radio's board often has unforeseen consequences (like making the radio not sound as good). A better choice would be to use the current that was meant to light your clock. So, for the orange neon glow lamps, you'll need a bulb for use with 110-120 volts. That's just straight household current for those in most of North America. So, you can cut through that old clear plastic covering, slice through that black tube stuff and maybe soldier in a bulb and get it all back together again. It'll work ... but it'll look like ... well, let's just hope n...
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  • How to properly pronounce "Solari Udine Cifra 3"

    How to properly pronounce "Solari Udine Cifra 3"

    Collectors of flip clocks world wide may run in to a little difficulty in trying to pronounce the name of the "Holy Grail of Flip Clocks" - the Solari Udine Cifra 3. In an effort to help us out, a native Italian speaker was hired (see below). Honestly, no matter how you say it, the Cifra 3 remains one of the world's most appreciated flip clocks. Take the time to try to pronounce "Solari Udine Cifra 3" then test yourself against the following. How to properly pronounce Solari Undine Cifra 3 The pronunciation is something like: "So-lar-ee Oo-deen-ay Chee-fra Tray" If you don't see the above audio player, the direct link follows: pronunciation of Cifra 3 Flip Clockus Giganticus (ok I made that up)One of the interesting historical facts I uncovered regards the city of Pesariis, in the province of Udine, were the Solari name became established in 1725. Clocks manufactured by the local factory of the Fratelli Solari (Solari Brothers), can be found worldwide in bell towers, town halls and railway stations. Pesariis is known for it's clocks throughout the town - bell tower clocks, water clocks and striking clocks, sun dials, pendulum clocks, and others. Some have taken to call Pesariis the "Village of the clocks." The town boasts what can be called an open-air museum or a walking tour of clocks. Fascinating to me on this tour is the “Orologio a palette giganti”, which translates to "Giant Flip Clock." It's been there for years but this is the first time I've ever heard o...
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  • The Sopranos Flip Clock

    The Sopranos Flip Clock

    Fans of flip clocks in movies and on TV and fans of "The Sopranos" alike often seek what can be called The Sopranos Flip Clock. The Sopranos is a crime saga television series which premiered on HBO on January 10, 1999, and ran until June 10, 2007. Consisting of six seasons with a total of 86 episodes, the series spotlights the fictional Italian American mobster, Anthony "Tony" Soprano (James Gandolfini) in New Jersey. The series features Tony's family members, his rivals, mafia colleagues including Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri, with prominent roles from his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and protégé Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). Season 2, Episode 9, "From Where to Eternity" written by Michael Imperioli, directed by Henry J. Bronchte, first aired on March 12, 2000 and is the twenty-second episode of The Sopranos. In this installment, Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri is obsessed with a supernatural message purportedly from hell (as told by Christopher Moltisantifrom af...
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  • The Fringe Flip Clock

    The Fringe Flip Clock

    The mystery has been solved. Those who collect flip clocks that have appeared in the movies or on TV now can put a model number to an obscure TV flip clock that appeared on "Fringe" in 2011. Fringe is a TV series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci that premiered on September 9, 2008, and lasted 5 seasons, concluding on January 18, 2013 after 100 episodes. The series revolves around Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and Walter Bishop (John Noble), who are part of the "Fringe Division" of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The trio and their cohorts investigate and seek to find the underlying cause of an endless string of strange to downright disgusting mysterious happenings, which are eventually discovered to be related to a parallel universe. Interestingly, the parallel version of Walter Bishop comes to be known as "Walternate." In episode 15 of season 3 entitled "Subject 13" of Fringe, which aired February 25, 2011, at 30 mins 45 seconds into the show, if you don't blink, you can spot a period flip clock. The episode, "Subject 13" is a flashback to 1985 with scenes set in both the prime and the parallel universe. In this episode "Walternate" in...
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  • How many scenes did the flip clock appear in the Movie Groundhog Day?

    How many scenes did the flip clock appear in the Movie Groundhog Day?

    How many scenes did the flip clock appear in the Movie Groundhog Day? and other factoids.

    Flip clock fans world wide are well acquainted with the famous "Grounghog Day" flip clock. The Panasonic RC-6025. This simple, white, AM-FM radio alarm flip clock was Panasonic's budget clock. This lowest price flip clock now fetches prices from 150 to 300 US dollars on eBay and remains the most sought after clock due to it's prominence in one of the most beloved of Bill Murray's movies,...
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  • Choosing the right converter or transformer for your flip clock

    Choosing the right converter or transformer for your flip clock

    While the fascination with flip clocks may have had its beginning in North America, flip clock fans can now be found the world over. The problem for collectors of these clocks outside of the United States and Canada is that many of these clocks will not work properly in their countries because of the differences in the electrical systems. You see, while the United States uses an electrical system consisting of 110 to 120 volts running at 60 hertz, most of the world uses a higher voltage, 220 to 240 running at 50 hertz. Because of the nature of the motors in vintage flip clocks, simply decreasing the voltage will not work ... a clock designed to run at 60 hertz will run slow at 50 hertz. The mistake many newcomers to flip clocks make, is that they intend to get a "cheap" electric transformer to power their clocks. Unfortunately, this is always a bad idea. Not only do most transformers or converters not even change the frequency of the current, the ones that do, often do not do it properly. That's why FlipClockFans.com presents this instructional article on flip clock voltage and frequency and gives you our recommendation for the best company to supply your electrical transformation needs. The first possible mistake a new flip clock owner can make is to simply get a plug adapter. Just getting an adapter does nothing to make a US clock work with a different electrical system. Yes, you'll be able to plug it in, then immediately, you'll smell the internal clock’s transformer burning up. Oops! The voltage first has to be stepped down from the higher voltage to around 110 to 120 volts. But what's this about frequency? Household current is alternating current. That means the current changes direction, or polarity, rapidly. The rate of direction or polarity change is called the frequency. 60 hertz simply means 60 cycles per second. When alternating current changes direction it does so in a particular pattern. On a device that displays or graphs this change over time, an oscilloscope, the output is a smooth sine wave. Vintage flip clocks are run by synchronous motors. A synchronous motor has a speed exactly proportional to the frequency. The flip clock is geared specifically to the motor, and the motor of clocks intended for u...
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  • The World's Premier Flip Clock

    The World's Premier Flip Clock

    The World's Premier Flip Clock FlipClockFans.com has searched the world to present to you what may be the pinnacle of Flip Clock design. The brick series flip clock by Leff amsterdam. Many who appreciate mechanical design have come to enjoy vintage flip clocks. The collection and restoration of vintage flip clocks is known as Horopalettology. Horopalettologist know that the age of the flip clock began in earnest at the onset of the space age, the late 1960s. That's when Solari Udine of Italy released the award winning Cifra 3. Throughout the 70s and early 80s the United States market was subsequently flooded with alarm flip clocks and clock radios, primarily from Japanese makers like Panasonic, Sony and others. However, as electronic LED digital clocks took over the market in the 80s, it seemed that the flip clock fascination was over. Yet, as children of the 60s 70s and 80s came into their own, that is, started making money, some began to seek out these relics of their youth. Others were introduced to these clocks through the movies and internet and sought out flip clocks for retro decor. The movie, Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell and released in 1993, reawakened interest like no other film, due to the prominent featuring of the Panasonic RC-6025 radio-alarm flip clock. In the early 2000s and beyond, many many flip clocks were manufactured by China and sold throughout the world. These flip clocks seem to lean towards the unusual, and at times bizarre, and are really, no more than novelty clocks of low to medium quality (see video at bottom for details). In addition, modern manufacturers like Fartech, Twemco and Solari, to this day manufacture flip clocks of good to very good quality, including a fabulous re-release of the famous Cifra 3 by Solari Udine. So, who would dare re-invent the flip clock? And why? Our quest to discover these answers took us to Amsterdam, capital of The Netherlands. Some people simply refer to this area of the world as Holland. However, the province of North Holland where Amsterdam resides, makes up just a portion of the country known as the Kingdom of The Netherlands. The Netherlands is situated in Western Europe, with Belgium to the south and Germany on the east, and the North Sea to the northwest. The people of The Netherlands, often referred to as The Dutch or Netherlanders, predominantly speak the Dutch language, with most citizens demonstrating a familiarity or fluency in English as well. This makes our visit there very comfortable. Amsterdam shines as a world famous tourist Mecca with 3.5 million foreign visitors a year. This world class city is well known for its expansive system of canals and narrow houses with gabled facades, its Red Light District and its marijuana-dispensing coffee shops. But Amsterdam and the Netherlands are much more than this. The Dutch gave the world the famous arti...
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  • Strange Flip Clocks

    Strange Flip Clocks

    Many people in the United States have caught the retro flip clock bug - a phenomenon clearly evident by high vintage flip clock prices on eBay and Etsy.com. Yet in the background, a resurgence of flip clock mania has been unleashed upon the world, primarily from Chinese manufacturers, with a lean towards the wacky. We'll just call them, 'Strange Flip Clocks!' There are vehicle flip clocks - cars and bicycles; Aeronautical flip clocks - a plane and helicopter; Many heavy equipment flip clocks - a bulldozer, steamroller, an excavator; And just wacked out flip clocks (bare bones clocks on top of strange legs; and my favorite a bull flip clock (moo). There's not much else to be said about these clocks, you just have to see them to appreciate them. S...
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  • Horopalettology - The study, collection and repair of flip clocks

    Horopalettology - The study, collection and repair of flip clocks

    March 8, 2016 - The birthday of a new word for the study, collection and repair of flip clocks. Horopalettology. And what a better place for the word to begin, than - FlipClockFans.com! I was shocked and dismayed to find that there existed no word, in this whole world wide web, for the flip clock collector. Oh, we have the word horology. But when I looked at sites related to horology (the study and measurement of time), there I found a large hole in the type of clocks that many seemed to see fit to study. Particularly, the 1970s Flip Clocks are routinely left out of the history of clocks. This is understandable. I get it that when the newfangled digital clocks came on the scene in the late 1960s to early 1970s, teachers everywhere were afraid children would forget how to tell time with the big and little hands of the traditional clock. And yes, back in the day, they were first described as "Digital Clocks." In fact, there exist flip clocks with "digital" actually printed on the clock and many more original boxes and printed material referring to these clocks as digital clocks. When the electronic digital clocks with their LCD (liquid crystal display) and later the LEDs, came on the scene, people began to more commonly distinguish th...
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  • The Knowing Flip Clock
    Mackey
    The Knowing Flip Clock
    As appears in the 2009 Nicholas Cage Movie "Knowing"

    Movie Synopsis: Fifty years after it was buried in a elementary school time capsule, a schoolgirl's number filled sheet of paper, written under the influence of mysterious, whispering beings, finds it way into the hands of Caleb Koestler, the son of M.I.T. professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage). John comes to realize that the encoded message accurately lists every major disaster with significant deaths, from the past five decades, and predicts three future catastrophes. The most horrific being the end of the world. After the first two of the last three predicted events...

    1 week ago
  • Making a new orange neon glow flip clock bulb assembly
    Mackey
    Making a new orange neon glow flip clock bulb assembly.
    - is it worth it?

    Anyone who has ever opened up one of the older, vintage flip clocks has seen them. The orange neon glow bulbs (or lamps as many call them). Unfortunately, if you're opening up a flip clock to restore or repair it, that "orange" lamp is probably no longer lit, and likely, the bulb is blackened. So, one of the most common questions among flip clock fans is ... "where do I get one of those orange bulbs?"

    Neon Bulb Alternatives?
    As many of you know ... it's not just a matter of getting a bulb. It's understanding what voltage is involved and what resistor is needed. A reply from some of our novice flip clock fans is frequently, "well, then what kind of LED can I just throw in there?"

    Well, unless you're Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day, there'll be no throwing anything in or around flip clocks.

    LED replacements can actually be even more complicated as you will have to get a source of DC current, possibly off the circuit board, or you'll have to insert a converter inside the cabinet. Then, you'll still need to know the proper resistor to use. It ain't easy kid.

    But then again, it's not above your abilities grasshopper. So let's just consider.

    Why not go LED? They last longer. - Maybe they do, and maybe they don't. The idea that LEDs last forever is a fallacy. Besides, why restore a flip clock if you're going to let modern technology invade the scene. Additionally, pulling current off the clock/radio's board often has unforeseen consequences (like making the radio not sound as good). A better choice would be to use the current that was meant to light your clock. So, for the orange neon glow lamps, you'll need a bulb for use with 110-120 volts. That's just straight household current for those in most of North America. So, you can cut through that old clear plastic covering, slice through that black tube stuff and maybe soldier in a bulb and get it all back together again. It'll work ... but it'll look like ... well, let's just hope n...
    4 weeks ago
  • How to properly pronounce "Solari Udine Cifra 3"
    Mackey
    Collectors of flip clocks world wide may run in to a little difficulty in trying to pronounce the name of the "Holy Grail of Flip Clocks" - the Solari Udine Cifra 3. In an effort to help us out, a native Italian speaker was hired (see below). Honestly, no matter how you say it, the Cifra 3 remains one of the world's most appreciated flip clocks. Take the time to try to pronounce "Solari Udine Cifra 3" then test yourself against the following. How to properly pronounce Solari Undine Cifra 3 The pronunciation is something like: "So-lar-ee Oo-deen-ay Chee-fra Tray" If you don't see the above audio player, the direct link follows: pronunciation of Cifra 3 Flip Clockus Giganticus (ok I made that up)One of the interesting historical facts I uncovered regards the city of Pesariis, in the province of Udine, were the Solari name became established in 1725. Clocks manufactured by the local factory of the Fratelli Solari (Solari Brothers), can be found worldwide in bell towers, town halls and railway stations. Pesariis is known for it's clocks throughout the town - bell tower clocks, water clocks and striking clocks, sun dials, pendulum clocks, and others. Some have taken to call Pesariis the "Village of the clocks." The town boasts what can be called an open-air museum or a walking tour of clocks. Fascinating to me on this tour is the “Orologio a palette giganti”, which translates to "Giant Flip Clock." It's been there for years but this is the first time I've ever heard o...
    February 26th, 2017, 11:16 PM
  • The Sopranos Flip Clock
    Mackey
    Fans of flip clocks in movies and on TV and fans of "The Sopranos" alike often seek what can be called The Sopranos Flip Clock. The Sopranos is a crime saga television series which premiered on HBO on January 10, 1999, and ran until June 10, 2007. Consisting of six seasons with a total of 86 episodes, the series spotlights the fictional Italian American mobster, Anthony "Tony" Soprano (James Gandolfini) in New Jersey. The series features Tony's family members, his rivals, mafia colleagues including Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri, with prominent roles from his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and protégé Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). Season 2, Episode 9, "From Where to Eternity" written by Michael Imperioli, directed by Henry J. Bronchte, first aired on March 12, 2000 and is the twenty-second episode of The Sopranos. In this installment, Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri is obsessed with a supernatural message purportedly from hell (as told by Christopher Moltisantifrom af...
    February 7th, 2017, 12:05 AM
  • The Fringe Flip Clock
    Mackey
    The mystery has been solved. Those who collect flip clocks that have appeared in the movies or on TV now can put a model number to an obscure TV flip clock that appeared on "Fringe" in 2011. Fringe is a TV series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci that premiered on September 9, 2008, and lasted 5 seasons, concluding on January 18, 2013 after 100 episodes. The series revolves around Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and Walter Bishop (John Noble), who are part of the "Fringe Division" of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The trio and their cohorts investigate and seek to find the underlying cause of an endless string of strange to downright disgusting mysterious happenings, which are eventually discovered to be related to a parallel universe. Interestingly, the parallel version of Walter Bishop comes to be known as "Walternate." In episode 15 of season 3 entitled "Subject 13" of Fringe, which aired February 25, 2011, at 30 mins 45 seconds into the show, if you don't blink, you can spot a period flip clock. The episode, "Subject 13" is a flashback to 1985 with scenes set in both the prime and the parallel universe. In this episode "Walternate" in...
    February 6th, 2017, 07:57 PM
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