For years, Timex emphasised 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 vapour-resistant mechanisms and a shatterproof screw-on cover. At 18kg 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 $US1200 it could be the perfect accessory for a modern home filled with destructive toddlers.