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it does'nt have to . the alrm still will ring on thw hour if you put it on the number of the hour you want it to ring at. if you want it to ring 15 minutes after the hour you but the alarm hand on the notch after the hour for instance if you want it to ring at 10:15 you put the alarm hand on the notch just after the ten and so on. it's a great little clock you just have use the notches when setting it.
My 90 y.o. Dad can no longer hear electronic 'BEEPER' type alarms. Do the bells on top of this clock actually 'RING', or are they MERELY DECORATION? Nov 27, 2013
Yes they ring and ring loud enough to wake China and the dead
This is a "retro" alarm clock that is modified to run on batteries as opposed to winding it up. However, the other features are still "retro", meaning it is only a 12-hour clock. In the old days, you would set your clock for the time to wake up, such as 6:00am. You would turn the dial on the back to 6:00. Then pull out the pin or turn the switch to set it. The next time 6:00 comes around is in the morning. You turn off the alarm to stop ringing. The next evening, you repeat the process. If you leave the alarm turned on, it will ring the next time 6:00 comes around ... that would be 6:00PM ... 12 hours too early. So, just like the old days, this clock does not distinguish between AM or PM. Such is the quaint charm of a retro alarm clock. (I only bought it because I tend to sleep through the buzz of my digital alarm and the retro bells are much louder.) I hope this helps.
It's quite small. The type of button Sharp used is a small, rectangular lever you have to push up and down.
This alarm clock does not need to be wound daily the battery keeps it running. alarm clock is super loud, recommend it highly for heavy sleepers