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What Time Is It?There is a new concept in town – an optical illusion watch concept, and it comes directly from Tokyoflash design studios. As they claim: this design is perfect for those who are into challenges. Time it displays is a hidden optical illusion stereogram of some sort.

Getting used to it requires training your eyes first. Only then you will be able to see the hidden numbers embedded in some kind of a greenish maze. On the other hand, if you have trouble seeing the time on the standard display, just touch the main button, and it outlines the individual digits.

In my knowledge this is only a concept, and hasn’t entered the manufacturing process yet. Perhaps it could be an interesting toy, at least before you get bored by it. So what do you think? Would you buy this watch if it was available for purchase? Me? I’m not really sure I would… always had trouble seeing stereograms.

What Time Is It?
What Time Is It?
What Time Is It?


112 Responses
  1. patko0770 says:

    i saw O5:36 by my own

  2. Chris says:

    i cant see anything. can anyone else see it?

  3. hmmm I might be buying it..
    I like the green lines..and at my view it’s like some sort of spy gear :)

  4. Roland says:

    Cool :-) I like it. I can even see it with one eye! So it’s not a true stereogram, but it feels more or less the same.

  5. Trish says:

    I can only see it with my left eye. Using just my right or both just gives me a headache…

  6. Lee says:

    @Chris: How it works is the numbers are formed by the lines going in the same direction, ie; the numbers are formed by diagonal lines going up-left. It’s actually much easier to see in the smaller pic.

  7. AO says:

    I would buy it, but I don’t think it’s a stereogram either.

  8. Badslats says:

    Look at your screen in an angle of 150° from the right and you will see it immediately ;-)

  9. rd says:

    Cannot see the numbers so far, but if you stare at the middle square in the big image, the background (with diagonal lines) seems to move by itself.

  10. Pendragon says:

    That would be a waste of money that I would love to spend. I had to shake my screen up and down with the scroll bar to see it.

  11. Jane says:

    Great idea, a watch like that. It is just that my eyes hurt by looking at it. I could barely see it with both eyes, with one eye it was a piece of cake. Great illusion!

  12. ali says:


    I thought I just saw a big 11 but when I saw the small image that gave the solution, I could see it in the big one, if I concentrated. It would take me 30 seconds to tell the time though. “Excuse me, do you know what time it is?” “Hmm, let me see. 0…… 5…… 3……6!”

  13. Aeros says:

    Took a while to see. Best if squinting and looking at it from the right side at an angle.

  14. A Snail says:

    I like it :)

    It depends on what else the watch did as to if I would buy it.

    Its much easier to see from a distance, up close on a large monitor was very difficult for me to see. It would make a nice screen saver.

  15. popesantaxiv says:

    WOW the 05 36 totally just popped out at me when I closed my right eye.

  16. Barbarella says:

    Not easy to see but very cool.

  17. Bree says:

    It took me a few minutes, but I felt so accomplished when I did see it! =]

  18. I could only see it if I crossed my eyes, and then not too clearly at that…I guess I should give it more time to get used to the illusion, but that kind of beats the concept of keeping track of time to stay on time!

  19. Fred says:

    Imagine trying to see the time while driving.

  20. Care Bear says:

    It’s Howdy Doody Time!

  21. Hering says:

    It helps to move your head a little. No stereogram.

  22. Qbee37 says:

    Roland is correct, it’s not a true stereogram (which I can normally pop out in 1 or 2 seconds. I also could resolve the 0 and sometimes the 3 with one eye. But all in all, since it’s not a stereogram, one is never going to get this to resolve to a nice obvious time.

  23. PeterBT says:

    cool! where can I get one? :o)

  24. Danny Dulai says:

    if it was red and not green, i would buy it

  25. Ember Mclain says:


  26. Ena says:

    That was cool, after focusing on it for a while, I could faintly see the numbers in the big picture.

  27. Kiddo says:

    I saw it, that’s creepy. It took me a minute but there it was slightly faded and a popping out affect.
    It’s amazing

  28. anon. says:

    This is really cool, although I had to go cross-eyed to see it.

  29. Brad says:

    OUCH my eyes lol! it took me a while to see/get it but i finally got there once i zoomed in!:) HEh, nice stuff.

  30. Antoine Lowray says:

    I saw it. complicated but effective

  31. josephine says:

    I think I wouldn’t use it as a real watch, but I would buy it as a functional toy

  32. nicole says:

    took me a while but saw it in the end – cant really look at it for long – i think its quite clever! :)

  33. Aydin says:

    Awesome, took a while, but stare blankly enough and you can see it.

  34. Rosalie Wanderscheid says:

    I was also able to see it on my own with no help. It took a couple of minutes, but once I figured it out, it’s pretty easy to see. Interesting concept. Might consider buying one just for fun. ;-)

  35. Tullip says:

    601pm where i live…

  36. Palmino says:

    I’d buy it for 50$ or less :-)

  37. Shana Schroeder says:

    Wow…I didn’t find it until I looked at the layout when the cheat button was pushed.

  38. KreexRamoo says:

    I actualy enjoy it. I dont wear a watch but if it was a pocket watch Id sure go for it! I dont even have to squint to see it anymore. super fun and easy

  39. Abril says:

    i found rhem, just a little complicated

  40. Muncher23 says:

    Maybe the hardest illusion I’ve seen here yet.. I like this.. Reminds me of those old illusions that made a 3-D image when you crossed your eyes..

  41. whoami says:

    Not a stereogram, but, I would like to own one of these watches :-) And I found that I could see it easily by tilting my head to the left, by ~30 degrees.. :-P

  42. jules says:

    if you cross your eyes and look at it kinda squinting but trying to focus it starts to become clear! =]

  43. Johnny Jack Pompolla says:

    I can see it well… but this is not a stereogram is it?

  44. Seal says:

    What if someone ask for the time ? would look at the watch for quite sometimes n they already know the time xD

  45. ahdaunti says:

    I’m usually pretty good at seeing stereograms, but this one gives me a headache! No sale on the watch…

  46. Alyse says:

    I love it. It looks 3D like the magic eye posters. :-D I <3 nostalgia

  47. Janelle McDermott says:

    Can only see it if I look at each number individually and needed to look at the cheats too, lol

  48. Slammer says:

    THAT IS FREAKIN AWESOME!!! They just change the line direction to create a line effect. It’s easier to see if you move it farther back (or make it smaller somehow) The numbers are made up of lines facing this way /// like in the example where they are revealed. So if you just train yourself to see “only” the lines facing this way /// you can easily see it, because none of the other lines matter. The change in direction is only to create a line effect. Awesome effect. :)

  49. Natasha Eckenbach-Ventresca says:

    cant see the 5 but i would buy it…just because its somethign else to keep my mind busy

  50. Mystery says:

    All I saw was the 05…

    • julie says:

      I like these types of illusions,..But would’nt want a watch thats like that,..the only reason i can think anyone would where it,..an not for any long length of time, would be to wear out as just a conversation peice,..or something!! They use to have really pretty framed posters, that usely you found at mall,..that was like this,…I had a few,..would like more,..but you never see them anymore,..an i dont know where to find any!! =0)

    • Charlie says:

      The image has to be viewed from the side. You can see the 0 in the top left, the 5 in the top right, the 3 in the bottom left and the 6 in the bottom right.

  51. Valerie says:

    No can’t see it, just gave me a headache and it’s making me a litle dizzy!

  52. peace-angel says:

    I would have better luck telling the time from looking at the sun, don’t think my eyes would hurt as mush either :)

  53. ohmygosh says:

    WOAH that is hard. I saw it in the last picture…I hate stereograms they make you dizzy!

  54. anomo says:

    I can barely see some faint numbers, but no way if I can see what numbers they are :P

  55. ohmygosh says:

    its a nice optical product, but I don’t think many people would buy it. People just want to glance down at their watch and know the time straightaway…not strain their eyes to figure out what the lines mean. Anyway, I think staring at this watch would soon give you a headache.

  56. Engywuck says:

    It’s not very handy. I wouldn’t by this watch.
    For those with problems seeing it, try to move your browser window around diagonally. On my TFT the stripes orthogonal to the movement became a little blurry and easier to distinguish from he rest.

  57. Jen Steffen says:

    I saw the numbers without help. But after a while this watch would give me a headache.

  58. I want one! I saw it on my own and I usually can’t see things like that. I noticed the center of the 0 in 05 first, then the rest followed. Cool.

  59. t says:

    That’s a nightmare. I’ll stick with my Tag Hauer.

  60. Neil says:

    I NEEED one of these watches! It’s so cool!

    • anon says:

      Ditto!!! :DDDD

    • Jan says:

      you don’t “NEED” it .. you “WANT” it … you *need* water and food … you *want* shiny, trinkets & baubles for personal amusement or to impress others with your shiny trinkets & toys …

  61. Selma Cahtarevic says:

    Saw it, very cool id buy it :D

  62. ThePaperGangsta says:

    I WANT ONE!!! Only IIIII would know the time!!!! MUHAAAAAA

  63. Dave says:

    But but but – its not a stereogram effect at all – why call it that?

  64. BlackLight says:

    I first saw the 0 and 3 clearly but got confused seeing the 5 & 6

  65. James Smith says:

    Interesting, but definately not a stereogram.

  66. Annabell says:

    I can see the time, lol… this is the ony stereogram I can solve

  67. hardeep says:

    new technology is made to make life easier, this would just waste ur time right? although it is quite interesting

    • Jan says:

      agree 110% why spend your pay to make it difficult to tell the time … that’s like buying a car with square tires … just total dumbness

  68. SorbetKiss says:

    Just look up diagonal line

    this one:
    look from bottom left corner to top right corner

  69. DetectiveKitty says:

    i saw it after a bit but it took quite a bit of work and eye crossing.
    I personally would not buy it, because I’m a time-freak and I’m also impatient so these watches would no doubt drive me crazy…

  70. Daron says:

    It’s not a stereo gram… Just 2 sets of diagonals going opposite directions.

  71. MIR says:

    Yeah as someone up there said, ignore all other lines and just concentrate on the lines running from the lower left to upper top side. That is 45° degrees with x-axis. It might take a moment but you would be able to pinpoint the digits out of the mess easily later.
    I won’t want this watch for real purposes. However for a crazy gadget it would come in handy.

  72. holly says:


    LOL!By the time I figured out the time it would be a different time :)

  73. aijaz rahi says:

    i very very conpused but hi is nice watch i neeeeeeeeeeeed this watch i love u confusd watch

  74. kugkug says:

    0 5
    3 6

  75. goblin says:

    yeah you have to blur your vision a bit, at least that’s what i did, brilliant!

  76. usman khan says:

    05.36 but it is so much difficult which require a seperate attention for each digit.cannot be seen all 4 digit at same time

  77. Anonymous says:

    I did it! I had to squint for a while, but I did it! hehe

  78. U says:

    … i … i failed… NOT!

  79. getting married soon says:

    omg wow that is so cool… and i could see the numbers, i would buy it

  80. firestar620 says:

    when i look at the middle rectangle the rest starts shimmering then turns into dots!

  81. Andrew says:

    All the lines going like this: / are part of the numbers. All the lines going like this: \ are outlining it. If you can train your eyes to push out the the / lines, then it’s easy to see.

  82. Maxeen Rhio says:

    It’s freakin me out

  83. Makeymakeyyy says:

    I can’t see it..WHY?!! DAMN IT ALL!!!!!!

  84. leo says:

    i seen it right away n the green makes it look so cool, i want one!!!

  85. Abisso says:

    I’m not sure that it’s a stereogram… I didn’t have to cross my eyes, nor get near and then recede from the screen. I just saw the numbers by looking at the image and spending some seconds to recognize them properly.

    If I was one who usually wears watches (and I’m not) I’d definitely wear this one. I also love acid green vs. black.

  86. aaron alan says:

    any1 no if u can get tis i want it so badly T^T

  87. Jag says:

    So cool. Took me about 15 seconds to see all 4 numbers. :D

  88. pepe says:

    this isnt a stereogram. its just obfuscated letters. theres no 3d here.

  89. eee efff geee says:

    5:36 or 5:35

  90. Charlie says:

    Look at the whole panel from the side. You can see the 0 in the top left, the 5 in the top right, the 3 in the bottom left and the 6 in the bottom right.

  91. alice says:

    woah that’s sooo weird!!!!!!

  92. Charles D says:

    lol I was staring soo intently at the green and black squiggles… then noticed in the bottom right corner it says “05:36″ and I felt stupid for not seeing it sooner. Duh! quit looking at the squiggly lines and notice that the time is listed right there!

  93. anon says:

    If you look closly enough, you would notice the lines that make up the numbers are going in opposite directions. When you find that out, it wouldn’t be as hard to read the time (srry if this is confusing, but i have never been good at explaining stuff)

  94. samantha says:

    i’d buy one as a gift
    and disable the display button

  95. dylan says:

    i would enjoy this watch so much definitely a sweet investment

  96. cool froggy says:

    i was lookin at it for ages and i can still se little fuzzy green this and i feel so dissy :#

    my brother wud like this tho :P

  97. Justin Bieber says:

    Hey men! I got this watch,It is so damn cool!

  98. Poop man says:

    Its ahrd to see but it hink after a while youll be able to see it fine, just know that the horizontal lines(for number) have diagonals lines and the vertical lines(for number) have zig zag lines up and down then you just join the lines kind of

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