The Geochron | The only Mechanical Geographic Chronometer

Found in the White House Situation Room, NASA, and upscale houses around the world; And it’s the only mechanical geographic chronometer made today.

It’s also a stunning display of the Earth in real-time on your wall…

At 2×3 ft. in size, the three hundred moving parts in the Geochron display global time and the sun’s daylight pattern on Earth as it continually rises and sets on a high quality lithographic map that is driven from left to right by mechanical servos in sync with the rotation of the earth. Like the Earth, the sun never sets on the Geochron.

At the same time, the Sun’s Terminator Line mechanically morphs minute by minute, showing the seasons passing through the Northern and Southern hemispheres at exactly the same aspect as the earth’s 23.4 degree axial tilt. It’s the only one

A precision work of art, the Geochron is entirely mechanical. No computers, no circuit boards and true to its original design for 50 years, the Geochron is – and always will be – a mechanical timepiece of over three hundred moving components to create the finest global clock in the world. It is the only mechanical geographic chronometer made today.

Geochron is located in Portland, Oregon, and all Geochron world clocks are handmade to order to deliver the high quality that is expected of the very same Geochrons installed at the White House, the European Space Agency, NASA, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and 135 installations in the Pentagon. Of course, Bill Nye the Science guy has one.

The Geochron’s 50 year history

In 1962, Mr. Kilburg was overseas visiting relatives in Luxembourg. Unable to make the trip to Europe, his wife Dorothy picked up the phone to call him and with the help of an international operator, she got the call through. Unfortunately for her husband, it happened to be 2:00 a.m. This gave Mr. Kilburg all the inspiration he needed to create the world’s first accurate global time machine. In 1965, the Geochron was born.

Until the Internet Age, only the Geochron could tell you the current location of the sunrise and sunset on Earth. The clock has a rich history with aviators, mariners, international business operations, and radio operators who need to know current terrestrial and celestial conditions. Now, the Geochron is a mark of old world craftsmanship, embodying a spirit no computer could replicate.

For decades the Geochron has been used as a signature executive gift too, even present at the most important events in world history… After the dramatic fall of the USSR, Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev visited President Ronald Reagan for the first time for a summit at the White House. President Reagan brought a gift representing American ingenuity and global strength: a Geochron. You’ll find Geochrons today in the White House Situation Room, the Pentagon, NASA, the European Space Agency, Museums, and in beautiful homes and business settings around the world. True to its original design for 50 years, the Geochron is – and will always be – a mechanical time piece of 300 moving components that create the finest global clock in the world, handmade in Portland, Oregon by four master craftsmen.

A visual feast of terrestrial movement

The fully mechanical Geochron shows in real time:

  • Legal time zones in 12 or 24 hour formats
  • Greenwich Mean time
  • Local Apparent time
  • Moment of sunrise
  • Moment of sunset
  • Duration of daylight
  • Sun’s meridian passage
  • Sun’s equation of time (Analemma)
  • Degrees of latitude and longitude
  • Month, Day, Hour, and Second in every time zone.

The three hundred moving parts in the Geochron display global time and the sun’s insolation pattern on the Earth in real time as it is continually rising and setting 24/7. Also known as the Terminator Line, this pattern is in sync with the earth’s 23.4 degree axial tilt. A Visual Feast, Handmade to Order

There are many ways to tell time, but none so beautiful – so notable as a statement of excellence and worldview as a Geochron. In addition to the 14 points of time and terrestrial movement tracked by the Geochron, the rich and colorful map is framed by a bespoke panel that is customized to the décor where it is displayed. In the U.S., Black Goatskin is the most popular, but in Europe – it’s Brushed Stainless. Panel options abound between solid Walnut locally sourced near the shop in Oregon, real wood laminated panels, anodized aluminum, or high quality vinyl samples to match.

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