Rubik's Clock

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The front face of a solved original Rubik's clock

Rubik's Clock is a mechanical puzzle invented and patented by Christopher C. Wiggs and Christopher J. Taylor.[1] The Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik bought the patent from them to market the product under his name. It was first marketed in 1988.

Rubik's Clock is a two-sided puzzle, each side presenting nine clocks to the puzzler. There are four wheels, one at each corner of the puzzle, each allowing the corresponding corner clock to be rotated directly. (The corner clocks, unlike the other clocks, rotate on both sides of the puzzle simultaneously and can never be operated independently. Thus the puzzle contains only 14 independent clocks.)

There are also four buttons which span both sides of the puzzle; each button arranged such that if it is "in" on one side it is "out" on the other. The state of each button (in or out) determines whether the adjacent corner clock is mechanically connected to the three other adjacent clocks on the front side or on the back side: thus the configuration of the buttons determines which sets of clocks can be turned simultaneously by rotating a suitable wheel.

The aim of the puzzle is to set all nine clocks to 12 o'clock (straight up) on both sides of the puzzle simultaneously.


Since there are 14 independent clocks, with 12 settings each, there are a total of =1,283,918,464,548,864 possible combinations for the clock faces. This does not count for the number of pin positions.


The world record for a single solve is 3.29 seconds, set by Suen Ming Chi (孫銘志) of Hong Kong on 23 March 2019 at GDSY Open 2019 in Guangzhou, China.[2]

The world record average of 5 (excluding fastest and slowest) is 4.38 seconds, set by Yunhao Lou (娄云皓) of China on 9 November 2019 at Hangzhou Autumn 2019 in Hangzhou, China, with the times of 4.16, 4.81, (5.12), (3.85) and 4.17 seconds.[2]

Top 5 solvers by single solve[3][edit]

Name Fastest solve Competition
Suen Ming Chi (孫銘志) 3.29s GDSY Open 2019
Dmitry Gundin 3.34s MPEI Open 2019
Yunhao Lou (娄云皓) 3.40s Shenzhen Open 2018
Evan Liu 3.51s George School Open 2019
Tairan Zhong (钟泰然) 3.64s WCA Asian Championship 2018

Top 5 solvers by average of 5 solves[4][edit]

Name Fastest average Competition
Yunhao Lou (娄云皓) 4.38s Hangzhou Autumn 2019
Tairan Zhong (钟泰然) 4.53s China Championship 2019
Dmitry Gundin 4.99s MPEI Open 2019
Suen Ming Chi (孫銘志) 5.04s GDSY Open 2019
Wojciech Knott 5.14s Polish Championship 2018


External links[edit]

  • Rubik's Clock Solution An illustrated description of the solution.
  • Unofficial Records's page of unofficial records for many puzzles including Rubik's Clock
  • Real Genius Computer game implementation of Rubik's Clock for the Commodore Amiga, released in 1989