Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. 1960s IBM 13.5-inch Standard Issue Clock
Have a funny feeling that you've seen this face before? Well, you almost certainly have. The 1960s IBM 13.5-inch Standard Issue Clock is an accurate reproduction of the once-ubiquitous wall clock hanging around in offices, factories, and nearly every institutional building across the country. Portland, Oregon-based Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. partnered with IBM for the exclusive right to reproduce the company's iconic piece for a new generation. "I grew up seeing them all over as a kid – at school, at my dad's office," says Schoolhouse Electric owner Brian Faherty. "I always liked the color, the font – the simplicity. To me, it defined what a clock should be in its purest form and function."
Faherty approached the computing giant with the idea of a faithful reproduction to celebrate its 100-year anniversary in 2011. "Despite the size of the company, they were very gracious and cooperative," says Faherty of IBM. "They knew of our reputation for quality and their guidelines were rigorous but fair." The clock is hand-assembled in Schoolhouse Electric's Portland factory and is constructed with a spun steel case, domed glass lens, and the original graphic hands and faceplate design. Likewise, its quartz movement is true to the original, not to mention the hallmark red, continuous-sweep second hand. "Having grown up with these clocks in various environments, it remains a constant and consistent window through my life in transition," says Faherty. [$235; schoolhouseelectric.com]