Saturn Sundial Pendants - Shepherd's Watch

By: Shepherds Watch  09-12-2011

Our Saturn sundials are the only ones we make and sell that are not based on an older design. We admit it.. They're a bit clunky, they're a bit more fun, but they do have their eccentric charm. They look like something Buck Rogers might wear, or something a character in an H.G. Wells novel might use. They are Steampunk (also check out our Nocturnal stardials and other models for more Steampunk). And we'll even admit they're not as accurate as our other sundial models, although they do really work.
They're available with a center stone that comes in three colors: Red, black and blue.

Educational Note:

Saturn is the second largest planet and was the most distant planet known to the ancients. It is also one of the most beautiful sites in the Solar System: even if we know now that the rings of Saturn are not unique, they are spectacular and much more elaborate than those of any other planets. The term planet originally meant “wanderer”. In these times, people could observe 7 lights wander, changing position with respect to the background stars. Saturn was one of the 7 wanderers.


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