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.

  • patko0770

    i saw O5:36 by my own

    • Dariil

      I want to buy it

  • Chris

    i cant see anything. can anyone else see it?

    • Gman

      I can c it but i cant c the 6. That is the only number in the “stereogram” that i can c. :-)

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

  • Roland

    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.

  • Trish

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

  • Lee

    @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.

  • AO

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

  • Badslats

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

  • rd

    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.

  • Pendragon

    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.

  • Jane

    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!

  • ali


    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!”

  • Aeros

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

  • A Snail

    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.

  • popesantaxiv

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

  • Barbarella

    Not easy to see but very cool.

  • Bree

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

  • awesome

  • 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!

  • Fred

    Imagine trying to see the time while driving.

  • Care Bear

    It’s Howdy Doody Time!

  • Hering

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

  • Qbee37

    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.

  • PeterBT

    cool! where can I get one? :o)

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

  • Ember Mclain


  • Ena

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

  • Kiddo

    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

  • anon.

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

  • Brad

    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.

  • Antoine Lowray

    I saw it. complicated but effective

  • josephine

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

  • nicole

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

  • Aydin

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

  • Rosalie Wanderscheid

    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. ;-)

  • Tullip

    601pm where i live…

  • I’d buy it for 50$ or less :-)

  • Shana Schroeder

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

  • KreexRamoo

    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

  • Abril

    i found rhem, just a little complicated

  • Muncher23

    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..

  • whoami

    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

  • jules

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

  • Johnny Jack Pompolla

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

  • Seal

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

  • ahdaunti

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

  • Alyse

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

  • Janelle McDermott

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

  • Slammer

    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. :)

  • Natasha Eckenbach-Ventresca

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

  • Mystery

    All I saw was the 05…

    • julie

      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

      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.

  • Valerie

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

  • peace-angel

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

  • Davide


  • ohmygosh

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

  • anomo

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

  • ohmygosh

    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.

  • Engywuck

    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.

    • anomo

      @ engywuck
      Thanks man, as soon as I did that, I could see the numbers all the time :) Even when not moving the window :P

    • Gman

      It also helps if u blur ur vision a little. :-)

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

  • 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.

  • t

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

  • Neil

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

    • anon

      Ditto!!! :DDDD

    • Jan

      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 …

  • Selma Cahtarevic

    Saw it, very cool id buy it :D

  • ThePaperGangsta

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

  • Dave

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

  • BlackLight

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

  • Interesting, but definately not a stereogram.

  • Annabell

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

  • hardeep

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

    • Jan

      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

  • SorbetKiss

    Just look up diagonal line

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

  • DetectiveKitty

    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…

  • Daron

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

  • MIR

    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.

  • holly


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

  • aijaz rahi

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

  • kugkug

    0 5
    3 6

  • goblin

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

  • usman khan

    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

  • Anonymous

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

  • U

    … i … i failed… NOT!

  • getting married soon

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

    • Harveen


  • firestar620

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

  • Andrew

    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.

  • Maxeen Rhio

    It’s freakin me out

    • Maxeen Rhio

      But wen you saw it, it wold be easier to see it again

  • Makeymakeyyy

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

  • leo

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

  • 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.

  • aaron alan

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

  • Yes

    0 5
    3 6

  • Jag

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

  • pepe

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

  • eee efff geee

    5:36 or 5:35

  • Charlie

    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.

  • alice

    woah that’s sooo weird!!!!!!

  • Charles D

    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!

  • anon

    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)

  • samantha

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

  • dylan

    i would enjoy this watch so much definitely a sweet investment

  • cool froggy

    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

  • Justin Bieber

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

  • Poop man

    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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