WATCHCLOCK indicates whether the household has access to a timepiece, either a watch or a clock. The related variable CLOCKONLY indicates whether the household has a clock. See Comparability.
The information in WATCHCLOCK is taken from the household record and applies to regular household residents, not temporary visitors. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2") when women, children, or births are the unit of analysis, and using the HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis.