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The presence of clocks and watches in the Back to the Future trilogy show what time a particular event took place:

Friday, October 25, 1985

Time of Day Event at that time Source of time in the film
08:18 The film opens and Marty McFly arrives at Doc Brown's garage. The clocks all read 7:53 when the movie opens, but Doc's experiment has made them all 25 minutes slow.
08:25 Marty realizes he's late for school, When all the clocks strike 8, and Doc says that they're 25 minutes slow.
08:35 Marty passes through Courthouse Square. The clock outside of Goodwill Industries can be seen as Marty skates around the corner.
16:20 Marty and Jennifer Parker walk through Courthouse Square after school . The clock outside of Goodwill Industries again.
19:15 Marty and his family eat dinner. George McFly is in the foreground, working on Biff Tannen's reports, and his watch is visible.

Saturday, October 26, 1985

Time of Day Event at that day Source of time in the film
00:28 Doc calls Marty Marty's clock radio.
01:15 Marty arrives at Twin Pines Mall. (the clock changes to 1:16 as he descends the hill). Twin Pines Mall clock
01:19 Doc observes that his watch and Einstein's are in precise synchronization as the time changes from 1:18 to 1:19.
01:20 World's first temporal displacement experiment (according to Doc's watch which occurs at precisely "1:20 a.m. and zero seconds!").
01:21 After the temporal displacement experiment, Einstein returns in the car. Doc displays his stopwatch advancing from 1:21 to 1:22 while Einstein's was shown to be still ticking and exactly one minute slow.
01:24 Doc is showing Marty how the time machine works and how he invented time travel, while Marty videotapes the scene. (In Timeline 2, while Doc and Marty are having this discussion at the mall, Marty from Timeline 1 is arriving in Courthouse Square after having spent a week in 1955.)
01:35 Marty flees from the Libyan terrorists and, upon hitting 88 miles an hour, travels nearly 30 years into the past to…

Saturday, November 5, 1955

Time of day Event at that day Source of time in the film
06:00 Marty crashes into the Peabodys' barn. The "6" and the AM light are visible in time machine.
08:30 Marty hears the clock at the clock tower striking the half hour. Hill Valley Courthouse
20:35 Marty is eating supper at the Baines residence. The clock is visible behind Sam and Stella Baines.

Sunday, November 6, 1955

Time of Day Event at that day Source of time in the film
00:20 Doc and Marty are watching the videotape from the JVC recorder. The clock is visible on Doc's wall

Tuesday, November 8, 1955

Time of Day Event at that day Source of time in the film
01:22 Marty wakes up George in his bedroom as "Darth Vader". The camera focuses on the alarm clock in George's bedroom.
15:20 Biff and his gang chase Marty around Courthouse Square. The clock tower is briefly visible as they drive after him.
15:55 Doc demonstrates his plan to send Marty back to 1985 (there's a closeup of Doc's right hand as he prepares to clip a jumper cable on the scale model to "simulate the lightning", and his wristwatch shows that it's "five minutes until four").

Saturday, November 12, 1955

Time of Day Event at that time Source of time in the film
19:55 The weather report is broadcast on the radio, with no indication that a storm will happen. Marty writes the letter to Doc, then drives Doc's car to take Lorraine to the dance. Hill Valley Courthouse clock tower
20:59 At the dance, George sees the clock and realizes that he's late for his fake fight with Marty. School auditorium clock
21:31 The first rumbling of thunder can be heard while Doc is working. Meanwhile, Marty realizes that he needs to get the Starlighters back to the dance. Hill Valley Courthouse clock tower
21:56 Doc checks his watches, wondering where Marty is with only 8 minutes left until the lightning strike. Hill Valley Courthouse clock tower
21:58 The cables are disconnected when struck by a falling tree.
21:59 Doc climbs out on the ledge.
22:00 The clock strikes ten just as Marty is trying to warn Doc.
22:01 Marty changes the minutes backward on the DeLorean's destination time from 1:35 to 1:24.
22:02 Doc hangs from the broken ledge.
22:03 Marty floors the accelerator while Doc works on connecting the cables.
22:04 The Hill Valley Courthouse clock tower is struck by lightning and Marty goes back to the future.

Saturday, October 26, 1985

Time of Day Event at that time Source of time in the film
01:23 Marty arrives early in 1985 to save Doc. The clock on the Bank of America advances from 1:23 to 1:24.
01:33 Marty arrives at Lone Pine Mall, too late to stop the terrorists from shooting Doc, and watches himself from a distance. Twin Pines Mall Clock
10:28 Marty is woken up by his clock radio. Clock Radio

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Time of Day Event at that time Source of time in the film
16:29 Marty, Doc and Jennifer arrive from 1985. Doc says that the time is "4:29 p.m."
19:28 Marty, Doc, Jennifer and Einstein leave 2015. Time circuits

Saturday, October 26, 1985A

Marty, Doc, Jennifer and Einstein arrive from 2015. Time circuits

Sunday, October 27, 1985A

Time of Day Event at that time Source of time in the film
2:42 Doc and Marty leave for 1955. Time circuits

Saturday, November 12, 1955

Time of Day Event at that time Source of time in the film
6:00 Doc and Marty arrive from 1985A. Time circuits
21:28 Doc takes off from the Lyon Estates and heads to the school. Time circuits
22:04 Marty arrives at courthouse square and confronts 1955 Doc. The clock tower was struck by lightning at 10:04 p.m.

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