Tick, tock? Shinola clock in Midtown unreliable at telling time

Update: Wayne State University students accidentally cut off electricity to the clock, which is now fixed.

You might not want to depend on Shinola’s vintage-style clock in Midtown for the time.

At least not yet.

The 13-foot,┬ádouble-sided clock at Cass and Canfield has been having trouble keeping time since it was erected on March 7. The clock read “8:20” at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

We called Detroit’s watchmaker to see what the problem is, and a spokeswoman told us an electrician was sent out this morning to take a look.

The clock, which was tagged with graffiti last month, is one of four erected around Detroit. The other clocks are at Cobo Center, Eastern Market and the College for Creative Studies.

The stainless steel-encased clocks are a large-scale replica of a Shinola pocket watch that will be available later this year.


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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • tt

    Blame mince

  • Dvs

    Maybe it’s on Detroit time.

  • DetroitArtSEEN

    Today it seemed to be showing correct time when I rode by!

  • Guest

    Should have got an Omega instead.

  • Batman

    Should have got an Omega instead!

  • Billy Blake

    I wonder if the other three clocks give correct time hummm

  • DetroitArtSEEN

    As an optimist it is still right twice a day!