John Borin created his first clock some thirty years ago, and has
been building clocks ever since. In 1990, Mr. Borin opened his
studio and workshop dedicated to building fine investment quality clocks
— by hand — using solid woods, old fashioned joinery, and exceptional
His work can be found in some of the finest homes, offices, corporate
lobbies, hotel lobbies, and galleries across America.
The steel dial clock is an offshoot of John Borin's reproduction of
the classic English dial clock. As collecting old clock faces
has become more popular, many have requested that Mr. Borin sell just
the steel dials from his classic English dial clocks. As a result
of these requests, Mr. Borin is now offering these steel dials and hands
as clocks by themselves.
The dial designs are John Borin originals inspired by and, when possible,
using the line art of the 1800s. The designs are reminiscent of
those created for a clock found in a commercial establishment one hundred
years ago or more. Each design is individually silk-screened
onto a steel dial.
The dial is enamel on steel, not printed paper on particle
board. There are four coats of enamel on each dial. A special
aging process is used that provides this steel clock face with
the distinctive patina of a centuries-old dial. With this
aging process, no two dials are the same. Each is unique.
Rusted Ivory English Dial with English
White French Dial with French Hands
Rusted Ivory Western Dial with Western
Each design is individually silk-screened onto the steel
dial using enamel inks.
Clocks are available in 12”, 16”, and 24”
offer three dial designs:
- The English Dial,
- The French dial,
The Western Dial.
The dials are available in white or rusted ivory.
In order to duplicate the look of the old clocks which used
heavy-gauge steel hands, the artist has reproduced the old hand
styles using the same material. These elegant hands are
individually cut from heavy-gauge steel giving each a unique
character that simply cannot be reproduced in hands stamped from
three styles of hands:
Please see samples to the right. Any combination
of dials styles, dial colors, and hands styles can be accommodated.
The movement is a special high torque precision quartz movement.
Because we use custom-made heavy-gauge steel hands, not the standard
thin aluminum hands usually used with quartz movements, the special
high torque movement is required. It is highly accurate and will
provide many years of maintenance-free life.
To authenticate the clock, Mr. Borin signs and dates each upon completion.