Use this clock to keep Byzantine Time, the canonical time of ancient Christianity. In Byzantine time, the time of day or night begins nominally at 6:00. (In the days before mechanical timepieces, the times were adjusted monthly to reflect the position of the sun.)
With the clock dial rotated as shown above, at any given time the hands will be in their familiar positions, but they will display the canonical hour of the day or night:
- First Hour/Prime (7:00)
- Third Hour/Terce (9:00)
- Sixth Hour/Sext (12:00)
- Ninth Hour/None (3:00)
This is helpful in tracking the liturgical day, and especially in reading the hours of the divine office.
If desired, you can also choose to have 12:00 at the top. In this case, the dial numbers will be in their familiar positions, but you will need to offset the hands by 6 hours to ensure the correct canonical hour is displayed.
- Dimensions: 11.25 x 1 .75 inches
- Lens: Glass
- Battery: 1 AA (not included)