Vintage Ship’s Clock – Seiko Triangular Double-Sided Steel Finish

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All vintage double-sided clocks – round and triangular – are becoming increasingly hard to source. Where we would previously have bought in dozens, we are now finding less than a dozen of any particular design. If you have always coveted one, now may be the time.

A very unusual and large vintage double-sided triangular ship’s clock, manufactured circa 1980s. A substantial timepiece with a whiff of Art Deco about it, which would look amazing in any house, these have also been purchased by restaurants in the UK and abroad.

Just compare its size (see photograph) against those of our round double-sided and extra-wide round double-sided vintage ships’ clocks – which are already significantly larger than the average wall clock!

Some we have stripped and polished – there will be imperfections on all of these vintage clocks, having spent many years at sea – others, we have retained the original light blue-green enamel.

Our vintage ships’ clocks not only tell the time – they tell a story. A larger-than-life story, of oceans and inclement weather, of men and their machines, and the human compulsion always to be on time, whatever the journey.

A small knob on the longest side (the hypoteneuse, if we hark back to school maths) turns to allow both clock faces to open out, like a pair of wings, providing access to the clock mechanisms.

Originally run on nautical electrics, which are incompatible with domestic systems, the defunct original mechanisms have been replaced by two AA battery-powered versions.The batteries and time shown are thus easily changed.

The triangle sides measure 27 x 27 x 35 cm; the clock protrudes 32 cm from the wall; the backplate measures 23 x 18 cm; and each clock weighs 3.2 Kg.

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If the title says 'vintage' that item is guaranteed vintage (definition: more than 20 years old, though the vast majority of our vintage stock is circa 50 years old). Much of our vintage lighting is reclaimed from shipbreaker yards in South Asia, where vast cargo vessels and liners are decommissioned. We work with trusted suppliers to ship carefully selected lighting to our warehouse in Fowey, Cornwall, where it is fully refurbished and tested by our engineer, Clive (see Our Work tab).

There is a finite number of vintage nautical designs in circulation. We cherry-pick only the most eye-catching on your behalf. That's why so many people who come into our shop in Fowey exclaim, "It looks like an art gallery in here!" We only stock the best.

Most vintage lights were covered in layers of paint for protection. This we remove and the metal is polished to a professional finish. Given the age and original usage, there may be minor wear and tear - it will not look brand-new. That is the beauty, we feel, of buying vintage: the back-story.

As a rough guide, aluminium vintage lights are anything from 20-50 years old. Brass and bronze, nearer 40-70 years old. With plastic fittings and LED bulbs now in common use, all metallic vintage lighting is becoming harder and more expensive to source. Happily, your refurbished Any Old Lights vintage light should last a lifetime.

If you have any questions, please do contact our knowledgable and friendly staff who will be happy to help.

If the title states ’retro’ these are our own-brand Revivals lighting.

Genuine vintage lighting is typically 40-60 years old and the supply line is finite. In our lifetime, we have already noticed classic designs of vintage light disappear from circulation. Hence Revivals.

We recreate the best vintage lighting designs, with our own twist, in aluminium, brass and copper. We use only solid cast metals - our Revivals lighting feels like the real thing, it's not a lightweight tinny version that could fall apart at any moment. Our fittings are CE-rated and we use flex covered in woven fabric, to recreate the vintage vibe.

Obviously you can't beat the real thing, but if you're on a budget, Revivals lighting is the perfect choice. 

If you have any questions, please do contact our knowledgable and friendly staff who will be happy to help.

Our vintage clocks have been reclaimed from decommissioned cargo vessels and date generally circa 1980s.

So that every clock on a ship told the same time - fairly important! - they ran off a slave system powered by an onboard electrical generator. This being incompatible with domestic electrics, we remove the original mechanisms and replace them with reliable battery-powered quartz versions. (Beware being sold unrefurbished vintage nautical clocks.) With some clocks, we retain the original enamel paint, as customers prefer that; others we strip then polish the steel.  Personal preference.

Genuine vintage nautical clocks come in a limited range - fortunately all stunning! - from single-face to double-faced, round and triangular. Some are now so hard to find, they're on the verge of disappearance.

The same goes for the ever-popular, top-of-the-range vintage Russian submarine clocks. Years ago: plentiful. Now: rare as hen's teeth. The same will happen to all these vintage designs in time, so be sure to grab yours before it vanishes from the shelves.

If you have any questions, please do contact our knowledgable and friendly staff who will be happy to help.


our engineer clive at work Besides the stripping and polishing of vintage items, we also refurbish them, so you're guaranteed a fully tested purchase that will last.

We are extremely fortunate to have, mere seconds from our showroom in Fowey, Cornwall, the workshop and services of old-school engineer Clive. He has lathes, pillar drills, polishing wheels and more tools than you can shake a stick at - and, unlike most people, he knows where every one is.

Clive used to operate and maintain Fowey's steamboat, Gallant, which ferried tourists around the river. Now, he works with us, repairing damage, customising tripod fittings and replacing old light bulb holders with new (in 60-year-old lights, mind). If a missing or broken part is no longer available - he'll recreate it.

Any Old Lights has been family-run and winning awards since 2014. You're in good hands.