The traditional movement is clockwise “clockwise” is used to indicate the direction of circular motion.
Before the invention of mechanical clocks the main device by which the people determined the time was the sundial. They consist of a dial and a stem, the shadow of which, moving on the dial due to the movement of the Sun across the sky, indicates the true solar time. In the Northern hemisphere the shadows during the day are moved in the direction we call “clockwise”. By a logical intention of the inventors of the first mechanical clocks, mechanical clocks hands had to simulate the movement of the shadow in a sundial. If mechanical clocks were invented in the southern hemisphere, “clockwise” would be likely to opposite, informs Rus.Media.