- “Well, no wonder you're late! Why this clock is EXACTLY two days slow!”
- ―The Mad Hatter examining the watch
Role in the film
Throughout the film, the White Rabbit always carries his watch to let him know about the time he should be to arrive for the Queen of Hearts whenever the White Rabbit appears on screen worried that he is constantly late in many scenes,
When the Rabbit rushes through the tea party, the watch is taken from him by the Mad Hatter, who deems the watch as being two days slow (as well as the reason the rabbit's late), and proceeds to remove several of the watch's parts with a fork. The March Hare then provides the Hatter with condiments to fill it with such as butter, tea, 2 spoons of sugar, jam, mustard (which was rejected), and the juice of a lemon wedge.
As a result, the watch goes mad and begins to lay waste to the tea table. The March Hare then does the only thing that can stop a mad watch: he grabs a mallet and smashes the watch completely, resulting in the Mad Hatter declaring that the watch was just two days slow before returning what's left of the White Rabbit's watch to its owner, much to his dismay.
- The watch's numbers change from regular to roman numbers just before the Mad Hatter takes it and tries to "fix" it.
- In the original novel, it is the Mad Hatter's watch that is broken, not the White Rabbit's. It is broken because the March Hare has put butter in it with a bread knife. The Hatter's watch is also stated to tell the day of the month instead of the time.