Binary 01 Watch

I call this one the Binary 01, because the number sequences that tell the time are simply two horizontal rows of either 0 or 1.  The dial (two are shown at bottom of page) is extremely minimalistic, and time-telling requires the wearer to be familiar with the binary–or base-two–number system from powers (exponents) 0-5.  But please. do not become intimidated!!  It is much simpler than it appears.  The horizontal number sequences read from right to left, as follows:

Although base-ten is the number system we commonly use, for our purposes here, forget base-ten!! Let’s get back to base-two, and the horizontal sequences of 0’s and 1’s on the watch dials below.  First, keep in mind that the number values in each sequence add to get the time or date. Second, a “0” means add zero, and a “1” means add the base-two number value as indicated in the base-two sequence above (*).

ex.  1   0   0   1   0   1  means  32 + 0 + 0 + 4 + 0 + 1 = 37

0   1   0   0   1   0  means   0 + 16 + 0 + 0 + 2 + 0 = 18            Isn’t this FUN?!!!

The upper horizontal sequence of numbers represent hours in the time mode and month of the year in the date mode.  The lower horizontal sequence represents minutes in the time mode, and day of the month in the date mode.

That’s it.  All you really need to know to read the time easily is the number values for base-two, powers 0-5:  32-16-8-4-2-1.  As you can see, it reads (and adds) from right to left!

The dial, case and band can be done in a variety of colors.  The case size can have a larger (48-50 mm) and smaller (42-44mm ) version.  The display can be LCD and constantly on, or LED (which uses more power) and on when a button is pressed. I prefer constantly on.  It intrigues onlookers and passersby, and allows time for calculating  There is no AM/PM indicator, since there is no alarm function.

A dot at the outer edge of the dial moves around clockwise in the time mode, indicating seconds as a second hand would.


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