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There’s No Place Like Here: Sutton Clock Shop

Dec 27, 2011

by catherinestratton

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As the year winds down, we wanted to take a look at a place where time is of the essence. The Sutton Clock Shop on New York’s Upper East Side has been serving its customers for over 60 years and is truly a father-son business. Perched above the streets and filled to the brim with clocks of every shape and size, it’s a place where time continues to pass, and yet, simultaneously stand still.

Catherine Stratton is a filmmaker based in Maplewood, NJ. To see more of her work visit


  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Love it!!!

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 9 years ago

    So intricate. Love it.

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 9 years ago

    this is really nice. there is definitely charm in clock much like there is in anything old!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago

    Love it!

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique said 9 years ago

    Very nice video! It's so peaceful to hear the clocks ticking away the hours...

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino said 9 years ago

    How did humans ever figure this stuff out? The complicated mechanisms of clock work are incredible and fascinating!

  • picklehead

    picklehead said 9 years ago

    So cool! What a cool little shop, there is something soothing and at the same time maddening about the sounds of all those clocks ticking away -love it! :)

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 9 years ago


  • peshka

    peshka said 9 years ago


  • sizzlestrapz

    sizzlestrapz said 9 years ago

    reminds me of the movie " HUGO " . Lovely video :)

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Nice video!

  • VonlenskaVintage

    VonlenskaVintage said 9 years ago

    "we can't stop time from happening, if it's even happening. so that's why i feel a clock can run a little slow or run a little fast" :-)

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 9 years ago

    Brings me back to a little clock shop in the town where I grew up! Thanks for sharing!

  • pillowlink

    pillowlink said 9 years ago

    So cool! Thank you for sharing this story!!!

  • MadisonStreetBeauty

    MadisonStreetBeauty said 9 years ago

    Wow! Thanks for sharing!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful video Thank you for sharing !!!

  • StellarGrace

    StellarGrace said 9 years ago

    Love this! Having learned the art of being a clocksmith makes me appreciate the few people that have kept that going(:

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    Wow how neat! I just love the independent little shops. This is truly an art form and a trade passed down from one generation to the next . I love the way the shop sits up and how you can work and look at the busy outside with all of the people coming and going. Great film!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 9 years ago

    Tic tac, tic tac... Coool!!!!!!!

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U said 9 years ago

    I repaired and assembled new wind up, jeweled clocks for 16 years in an industrial environment. It can be very satisfying but repair work can also be frustrating. It takes a lot of patience. Sometimes I miss the delicate work of assembly. Changing technology has pretty much rendered the clocks I made obsolete. They were a fine well made product. Sometimes all an old clock really needs is a good cleaning, some fresh clock oil and to be balanced and leveled.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 9 years ago

    Great Video and post! Thank you!

  • ee333

    ee333 said 9 years ago

    The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once... ~Albert Einstein :)~

  • mamif

    mamif said 9 years ago

    wonderful video

  • markchiarello

    markchiarello said 9 years ago

    a simply beautiful profile.

  • whitevan

    whitevan said 9 years ago


  • shantyirish

    shantyirish said 9 years ago

    lovely article. loved the sounds of the clocks :)

  • Laughingdogstudio

    Laughingdogstudio said 9 years ago

    Clock repair, cobblers, tv repair shops, furniture repair are sadly rare these days. We still have one clock repair shop left in town where I still take the time to bring our older cloccks in for tune ups. Its the sound of the shop that stays with me long after I have left it. Thanks for sharing the video ; )

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier said 9 years ago

    Like so many oldtime trades, this is one that has been displaced by modernity....namely quartz! I love that time moves for these old clockmakers but ....... n o t s o f a s t ! Nice article!

  • COGnitivecreations

    COGnitivecreations said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful art form...

  • angelagstarks

    angelagstarks said 9 years ago

    incredible and fascinating

  • NalaniYarns

    NalaniYarns said 9 years ago

    So cool! My 8 year old was super inspired by this.

  • KrysPettitArtwork

    KrysPettitArtwork said 9 years ago

    Beautiful storytelling ... well done!

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry said 9 years ago

    Amazing, I alway like seeing trades passed on!

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 9 years ago


  • Melissababycreations

    Melissababycreations said 9 years ago

    Really interesting! Thank you for such a nice post!

  • chrysallis

    chrysallis said 9 years ago

    " a place where time continues to pass, and yet, simultaneously stand still" how elegant! Lovely post!

  • beadyiz

    beadyiz said 9 years ago

    Great tribute to traditional craftsmanship -- thank you!

  • cenirestardust

    cenirestardust said 9 years ago

    Great video! An art I always found fascinating! I'm glad that trades like these still continue.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Fascinating video!

  • WuzzysCreations

    WuzzysCreations said 9 years ago

    Interesting vid! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • marcgounard

    marcgounard said 9 years ago

    Great little film, time does not exist, just a man invention to put everyone to work!! so we do need clocks all the time...

  • marcgounard

    marcgounard said 9 years ago

    Great little video.

  • CharOuellette

    CharOuellette said 9 years ago

    There is something magical about a clock shop...

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC said 9 years ago

    Nice clock shop. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • UniqueAPeek

    UniqueAPeek said 9 years ago

    Love the clock shop! It sounds just like walking into my dads living room and hearing all his collection of key wound clocks chime at the same time.Makes me feel all warm inside.Home is where the heart is! Linda

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 9 years ago


  • giorgiejewelry

    giorgiejewelry said 9 years ago

    So cool !!!

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush said 9 years ago

    Perfect as the year winds down and up.

  • romantictreasures

    romantictreasures said 9 years ago


  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly said 9 years ago

    Great article and video, thanks for sharing

  • packmatthews

    packmatthews said 9 years ago

    Beautiful film! To have a clock maker muse that time may not even exist, what a treat!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful piece. Thanks.

  • cartelle

    cartelle said 9 years ago

    So fascinating, clock making still today holds a magical vibe!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 9 years ago

    great video

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    Quartz & batteries will never really be able to replace a "real" clock. One of my dearest friends was a third generation clockmaker (his nickname was Ticker!) and his workshop was one of the most wonderfully fascinating Aladdin's caves I've ever been inside.. the ticking & the chiming made the room feel literally alive!

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth said 9 years ago

    Tick tock, tick tock. Fascinated by the tiny interworkings...

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 9 years ago

    This is so fascinating! Now I'll have to check out their clocks, didn't know there were clock makers here in nyc.

  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum said 9 years ago

    Great little NYC clock shop. Reminds me that I should really dig out that old mantle clock that's been in storage and get it tuned up. Thanks for the interesting story and video.

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 9 years ago

    cool :)

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 9 years ago

    Love it!

  • EdwardsTreasures

    EdwardsTreasures said 9 years ago

    Wonderful video that conveys the emotional, personal side of craftsmanship. Catherine did a great job. I hope you have great success in the new year. Thank you.

  • brainfart

    brainfart said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the video. He is a true artist and a wonderful story teller about the clocks in his shop. I have a clock on my mantle and I love the sound of the chimes at each hour . Comfort, peaceful, Home!!! This blog is Timeless.

  • TinsAndThings

    TinsAndThings said 9 years ago

    I adore clocks. And have one in nearly every room as I find the ticking sound so soothing. Lovely video!

  • sandraberney

    sandraberney said 9 years ago


  • lindaalfred2000

    lindaalfred2000 said 9 years ago

    Very nice, always wanted to see what is made of clock.

  • tableclothpad

    tableclothpad said 9 years ago

    SO nice.

  • PrincesaAnastasia

    PrincesaAnastasia said 9 years ago


  • cathstrat

    cathstrat said 9 years ago

    Wow! I just wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful comments. It was such a joy to make and it is, indeed, a special place. xxoo

  • melindamenke

    Melinda Menke said 8 years ago

    The last time I went there 12 years ago, I went to see Mrs. Kay the original owner. She had passed away. My father was a collector of primarily European clocks which he could assemble and disassemble. When I used to go there with him, Mrs. Kay always handed him a bag of parts which eventually became a beautiful clock. She loved him and he her. I wonder if this father and son are related to her.

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