This really does have a traditional feel to it as well as looks. It is nice and heavy and feels very solid and well made. The powerful magnet on the back is perfectly capable of holding the weight.
I seem to buy kitchen timers on a very regular basis; some only lasting a couple of months, and never really expect them to last more than a year. I have high hopes of this one, though.
I was very glad I read the reviews by other customers; I, too, thought I had a faulty one until I realised you have to turn the dial right round before you set the time.
This, by the way, is the second one of these that I have bought. I had difficulty finding a suitable surface to place my timer, and stuck it on the side of the AGA. Don't do that; it melted the plastic bits! I blame it on my age.