For years, Timex emphasized the durability of its watches with the memorable slogan, 'takes a licking, and keeps on ticking.' But even the most rugged of its timepieces could not survive the hardships this explosion-proof wall clock was designed to endure.
Made by Crouse and Hinds (now Cooper Crouse-Hinds) in the 1950s, the clock was built with heavy-duty components like vapor-resistant mechanisms and a shatterproof screw-on cover. At 40 pounds it required extra care when mounted to a wall, but was promised to survive in the harshest environments—like mines or grain processing facilities. This particular clock was never put to the ultimate test, and for $1,200 it could be the perfect accessory for a modern home filled with destructive toddlers.