St. Peter’s Basilica watch

I was going through some things and found an old watch I haven’t used for a while.

You might find it interesting.

Closer.  Note the appropriate roman numerals.

It wants a battery, but it remains amusing…. and exact twice a day!


I was out on errands and got a new battery put in.  It runs just fine!

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  1. dimsum says:

    Made in China?

  2. dimsum: I don’t think so. It doesn’t say anything on the back. It was made for the Vatican Museum by Art Age.

  3. Thomas G. says:

    Gosh, I want one! Where do I get it?

  4. I got it in Rome many years ago. I suspect you are not going to find one.

    I could probably be convinced eventually to part with it.

  5. Jack007 says:

    Fr. Z’s auctions?

    That’s one way to clean out your house Father. :-)

    Jack in KC

  6. AMDeiG says:

    Must have been the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 that put the kabosh on the watch.

    “On October 17, 1989, at 5:04:15 pm (Pdt) a magnitude 7.1 earthquake severely shook the greater San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas”

  7. AMG: I don’t get that… but… that’s okay.

    The watch runs very well. I put a new battery in it today.

  8. AMG:…. oooohhhh… I get it now.

  9. Rob Cartusciello says:

    I will see your St. Peter’s watch and raise you one Pope John Paul II bottle opener.

    Get it now before the canonization raises the price.

  10. Rob: Does your bottle opener also have a watch?

  11. dimsum says:

    Fr. Z, Would you trade it for either my Chairman Mao or my Chinese numerals watches? :)

  12. An American Mother says:

    How about my official, autographed, Lester Maddox Wake Up America alarm clock?

  13. dimsum: Would you trade it for either my Chairman Mao

    How to put this delicately, so that I don’t have to throw myself out of the combox….



  14. Actually, folks, I remember involving this watch in Z-Chat once and a participant got very excited about it.

    Maybe that Z-Bay idea isn’t so bad after all!

  15. Rob Cartusciello says:

    The JPII (1990 edition) bottle opener does not have a clock.

    I should clarify that it is a “church key” bottle opener – and intended to open soda & beer bottles, not wine bottles.

    A truly enterprising individual would release a JPII Santo Subito edition.

    Perhaps the folks at Holy Whapping might be interested. (Hope you’re reading this, Matt.)

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