My only loss was to Charles Hibbert by time in a position I was leading a lot and thought I still had 20-30 seconds left (I’d played the first 14 of the 15 in 5 minutes overtime stones in about 3.5 minutes) but it was only a couple of seconds as these two situations are hard to distinguish on the simple analog clocks. That was very annoying and I was tempted to quit the tournament but in the end went and bought a better clock and continued.
Apparently in the British Challengers’ 2017 you could just go out and buy your own game clock.
Analog clocks are very nice to look at so long as one is appreciating their aesthetic value and not trying to extract any information from them…
Then again, there are many people who dislike Ing clocks.
“The Ing timer is a device imported from the far east which bears a superficial resemblance to a chess clock, but its main function is that after the game is finished a subtle random element can be introduced to the results: each player has to press a button on the timer, and if it responds by going “beep” more than seventy-three times then that player has lost, regardless of the position on the board.” – Macfadyen, BGA #80 (1990)
A nice, clear digital chess clock would be my choice.
It also seems to me that analog clocks handicap players who can’t usually attend tournaments, since digital numbers are obviously the only display online. So an infrequent tournament player has to not only play the game but, at the same time, accustom himself to interpreting the clock.