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Timepieces are stationary devices and timekeeping instruments which existed in the modern Stone Age and featured in the franchise of The Flintstones.

Background

Timepieces were used by cavepeople in the modern Stone Age that lacked a striking mechanism (including bells and chimes) to announce, measure or keep track of the passage of time (including seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years).

Clocks

Clocks were extremely common examples of timepieces used by cavepeople in society to know when things would occur or when they need to do something to prepare. They would track time and were incorporated into other devices that require things to happen at a certain time.

Cuckoo Clocks

Cuckoo Clocks were typically common examples of clocks that were used by Cuckoodactyls which they were equipped with birdhouses with beds and their own hourglasses and sundials (to remind them what time it is).

Types of Cuckoo Clocks

According to the book, The Flintstones' Wacky Inventions, they were three types of cuckoo clocks including:

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One earlier example of a cuckoo clock was a weight-driven double door cuckoo clock with a couple, including a caveman and cavewoman beating each other from two episodes, "Love Letters on the Rocks" and "The Long, Long Weekend".

Sports Bell Bird

A sports bell bird from "Heroes for Hire".

One of the most interesting examples is the Sports Bell Bird that was used during sporting events and school days with its' own sundial watch and beak to ring an alarm with a Turtlesaurus-shell.

Alarm Clocks

Alarm Clocks were another example of clocks that were designed and used by Cuckoodactyls that were commonly popular due to their catchier jingle and ability to also act as radios with their beaks and make loud sounds at a specific time. The primary use of these clocks were to awaken cavepeople from their sleep including Fred in order to start their days in the mornings.

Animal Alarm Clocks

A roostersaurus alarm clock from "The Bad Luck Genie".

A lizardsaurus alarm clock from "The Fugitives".

These alarm clocks were used by animals including Chickenasauruses, (or more specifically the male Roostersauruses) that were mainly kept and used as alarm clocks while larger ones were kept around neighborhoods to wake whole communities at once and Lizardsauruses with their arms as handles and their tongues sticking out to make rasping alarm sounds.

Flip Alarm Clocks

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Another example of an alarm clock was a Flip Alarm Clock with a split-flap stone display to display hours and minutes. One such example was only shown in The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!.

Sundials

Sundials were timepieces that told the time of day when there was sunlight by the apparent position of the Sun in the sky. In the narrowest sense of the word, it consisted of a flat plate (the dial) and a gnomon, which cast a shadow onto the dial.

Weekly Sundials

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A Weekly Sundial or a 7-Day Sundial was another, but extremely rare example of a sundial that cast a shadow for every day of every week, including one that was only shown in the episode, "This is Your Lifesaver".

Watches

A sundial wristwatch from "Love Letters on the Rocks".

A Sundial Watch (known as a Sundial Wristwatch) was a portable timepiece intended to be carried or worn by a caveperson. It was designed to keep a consistent movement despite the motions caused by the caveperson's activities and to be worn around the wrist, attached by a watch strap.

Pocket Watches

A pocket watch from "A Flintstones Christmas Carol".

A Pocket Watch was another type of a watch that was made to be carried in a pocket, as opposed to a wristwatch, which was strapped to the wrist including Fred's (as Ebonezer Scrooge's) that appeared from the special, A Flintstones Christmas Carol for example.

Digital Watches

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A Digital Watch (also called a Digital Wristwatch) was also another example of a watch in which a caveperson could push a wooden button that displayed Roman numerals including Wilma's that only appeared from the special, A Flintstone Christmas.

Other Timepieces

Hourglasses

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Hourglasses (known as Egg Timers) were timepieces that were used to measure the passage of time. It comprises two glass bulbs connected vertically by a narrow neck that allowed a regulated flow of sand from the upper bulb to the lower one. According to the book, The Flintstones' Wacky Inventions, a Monkeysaurus Hourglass Timer was used for timing either Dodo or Pterodactyl eggs for any number of either minutes or hours.

Year Glasses

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Year Glasses were extremely rare examples of hourglass-like timepieces which they were used by cavepeople in society to track the progress of their daily lives and behaviours. One year glass was only shown in the episode, "Rip Van Flintstone".

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