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For the Gentleman Geek

An age-old problem that has plagued the mathematical community for years: how can I show off what a genius I am and still look devilishly handsome?

Fear not my fellow geeks. With this old-school gold-plated brass pocket watch featuring the equivalent notations of all the numerals, you're sure to look smart and stylish.

Cheat Sheet (included with each watch):
12 - a radical
1 - Legendre's constant is a mathematical constant occurring in a formula conjectured by Adrien-Marie Legendre to capture the asymptotic behavior of the prime-counting function. Its value is now known to be exactly 1.
2 - A joke in the math world: An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders a beer. The second orders half a beer. The third, a quarter of a beer. The bartender says, "You're all idiots," and pours two beers.
3 - A unicode character XML "numeric character reference."
4 - Modular arithmetic, also known as clock arithmetic, is a system of arithmetic for integers, where numbers "wrap around" after they reach a certain value. The modular multiplicative inverse of 2 (mod 7) is the integer /a/ such that 2*/a/ is congruent to 1 modulo 7.
5 - The Golden Mean...reworked a little.
6 - Three factorial (3*2*1=6)
7 - A repeating decimal that is proven to be exactly equal to 7 with Cauchy's Convergence Test.
8 - Graphical representation of binary code.
9 - An example of a base-4 number, which uses the digits 0, 1, 2 and 3 to represent any real number.
10 - A Binomial Coefficient, also known as the choose function. 5 choose 2 is equal to 5! divided by (2!*(5-2)!)
11 A hexadecimal, or base-16, number.

Made in China. Standard watch battery included. Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

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Item ID
18823
Made from
brass
Measurements
Chain: 11.5" L, Dial: 1.75" dia.

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GEEK POCKET WATCH
 
3.7

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to read (6)
  • Stylish (5)
  • Good quality (4)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (5)
  • Formal (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Classic style (5), Practical (5), Stylish (4), Athletic (3), Modern (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (9), No (3)

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5.0

Nice watch for math enthusiasts

By 

from Florida

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about GEEK POCKET WATCH:

    My son, who wanted this watch for his birthday, was not disappointed. It is the ultimate and unique gift for math enthusiasts.

    Service and delivery comments:

    This product was back ordered, but still arrived before the estimated delivery date.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    Comment on this review

     
    4.0

    Fun watch for geeks

    By 

    from Upstate NY

    About Me Athletic, Classic

    Pros

    • Unique

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Difficult To Read

    Best Uses

      Comments about GEEK POCKET WATCH:

      This is definitely a fun watch - my family spent hours trying to explain all the different representations for the numbers - some we understood and some really took a bit of research (e.g., the "modular multiplicative inverse"). I collect pocket watches and I have to disagree with those who describe this one as a cheap gum-ball machine watch. It isn't a Swiss Army Watch, but it isn't cheap, either. I would say that it is overpriced for what you get. But my husband was happy to get it for me as a gift and I am happy to show it off to friends and family.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great gift, keep getting compliments!

      By 

      from Burlington, MA

      About Me Modern, Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Good Quality
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday
        • Formal
        • Travel

        Comments about GEEK POCKET WATCH:

        Great gift that can't be found anywhere else!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Completely satasfied!

        By 

        from Rhode Island

        Pros

        • Easy To Read
        • Fantastic shipping
        • Good Quality
        • Quick delivery
        • Reliable
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Formal

          Comments about GEEK POCKET WATCH:

          This is going to a Christmas gift for my boyfriend! He loves math and has been hinting towards wanting a pocket watch for awhile now. I stumbled across this site by accident, but I'm so happy I found it! I hope I can hold out until Christmas to give it to him! I know he's going to love it. Despite the other reviews of a "gumball" product, I was pleasantly surprised. The heft is good. Not too bulky.. the coloring isn't really my taste, but I'm sure my boyfriend will get a lot of use out of it.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was quick and easy! I got an email the same day as ordering it, telling me it had shipped. And I received it about a day and a half later. I am completely satisfied with all aspects of this site and the people that work for it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

           
          3.0

          Great Novelty, Feels cheep for the Cost

          By 

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Classic, Modern, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Watch Mechanics
          • Looks great

          Cons

          • Feels Cheap thin

          Best Uses

          • Novelty Gift

          Comments about GEEK POCKET WATCH:

          My boyfriend loved the Geek Pocket Watch, but would have prefered it in silver. I thought it was a great idea but was a bit dissappointed with the percieved quality upon receiving it. The watch feels "light" and "cheap" and in retrospect I wouldn't have spend [$] on it. I feel it's a great idea, and great piece, but is not worth [$].

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Love it, great idea!

          By 

          from Ottawa CANADA

          About Me Classic, Modern, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Reliable
          • Stylish

          Cons

          • Smaller then expected

          Best Uses

          • Formal

          Comments about GEEK POCKET WATCH:

          Love it!

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was good, but extremely expensive for the small product I ordered.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Great gift for a math geek!

          By 

          from Forest Hills, NY

          About Me Athletic, Classic, High End Shopper, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Read
          • Reliable
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday

            Comments about GEEK POCKET WATCH:

            This was a great gift. I got it as graduation gift for someone who was a math major, and he LOVED it! But, the case was very cheaply made and almost looked like those toys you get from a candy ball machine. I was disappointed in its quality. But the idea of it was great and the person totally loved getting it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            For a brilliant and classy person

            By 

            from Massachusetts

            About Me Not like any other

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • A class of its own
            • Easy To Read

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Formal
              • Travel

              Comments about GEEK POCKET WATCH:

              I bought the watch for my nephew's college graduation present. It is much like him; quiet, non-conformist, very smart, reliable, quite good looking, ...

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

               
              3.0

              Geek Pocket Watch

              By 

              from Tucson , AZ

              About Me Athletic, Classic, Practical, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Read
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about GEEK POCKET WATCH:

                  I collect pocket watches. This was a unique product however the outer casing is of common design. Disappointing. I enjoy the conversational comments when showing this piece to fellow mathematicians. We all chuckle about it, and some comment "what a nifty little piece." All in all, it's an OK little pocket watch.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Perfect Gift

                  By 

                  from Tri-Cities, WA

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about GEEK POCKET WATCH:

                    I purchased this product as a gift for my husband, a physical chemist at a research lab. He doesn't have a cell phone and hates wearing a wrist watch. He carried his last pocket watch in his pants pocket with his keys and change. The glass cover on the face was quickly so scratched that it wasn't possible to read the time; the new watch had to have a cover that wasn't ornate. We'll see how this watch weathers the pocket abrasion. The price seemed a bit steep - guess you have to pay more to get 'functional' without 'fancy', but the gift made him smile. I can't figure out the significance of the bell on the cover. You'd think it would be a math-related symbol...

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