I'm curious (not critical), why the objection to hwclock?
(Does it relate to:)
Is there anyway to get the actual, the raw, BIOS h/w clock time from the CLI? In other words to verify that it is set to UTC as I intend & have told hwclock?
I have read the hwclock man page & I don't see any way to do this. If I am reading it correctly, I tell hwclock which I think it, the BIOS clock, is set to, but there is no way to verify that my intentions have been carried out (& not changed), short of rebooting & checking the BIOS Setup.