So the apocalypse has hit. Electronic devices are unreliable, batteries are a hot commodity, how in the world will we tell time? You may answer with “Why would we need to tell time?” to which I would quickly and happily reply “You don’t”.
But, how will you know when sundown is coming closer, when ghouls and looters alike will be gunning for you? Or how much time has really passed since the last time you’ve dipped into your rations? Self control isn’t easy when you are so hungry your stomach acids are eating away the lining to supplement what it perceives to be necessary nutrition. So yes, having some semblance of time will be important.
This is a sundial ring that was found at ThinkGeek. Operation is fairly simple, you align the dot to the current month, let it hang freely from a chain or cord in the sunlight, and look for the beam of light shining through. It is made to look antiqued, and has intricate knot-work laid into the side opposite the months. I love it as both a time piece and a conversation piece, but for the price ($34.99) I would expect something that looks a little less mass produced, or that more care was putting into inspecting it. The moveable brass ring feels as though I could break it off by the handle fairly easily and the pewter casting for the outer ring is splotchy and uneven in spots. Most people don’t notice, I have showed it off numerous times and it has been played with by many hands.
Amazing concept, the Shepard’s Watch (The company that manufactures it) founder, Harris Morrison dedicates 20% of his profits to charity, which makes me happy. I would gladly see a price increase on this to see better production quality.