Best Desk Clock Styles for 2021

Chelsea Clock is America’s foremost clockmaker. We’ve been building tasteful mechanical and quartz custom clocks since way back in the day (since 1897, in fact) for American presidents, dignitaries and other people of note.

Yet our hand-finished pieces aren’t only for those who breathe rarefied air. If you’re wondering when and how you can find the best desk clock, 2021 is definitely your year. Our desktop timepieces make for considerate, engravable gifts for loved ones, business partners and, of course, anyone who owns a boat or loves the wild sea. Our nautical clocks are among our most commonly purchased for their handcrafted elegance.

The Best Desk Clocks: 2021

When you’re not out on the water, you can always dream about the lapping waves and a strong breeze by glancing over at your custom-built desk clock sitting on your desk. Here is just a small sampling of some of the best desk clocks (2021 and beyond) our loyal customers can browse or purchase:

Presidential Clock in Brass
Presidential Clock in Brass

Presidential Clock in Brass

This prestigious-looking desk clock is brimming over with sophistication and a timeless design (although it tells time extremely accurately) that is both dignified and pleasing to the eye. With German-crafted quartz movement, striking dark Roman numerals and a body fashioned out of brass mounted on a gorgeous mahogany base, Chelsea Clock’s Presidential Clock, with its 4 1/2”, dial is one of the best office desk clocks you’ll ever encounter. Add an engraving to make this timepiece uniquely your own or as a gift to a colleague or loved one.

Embassy Clock in Nickel with Roman Dial
Embassy Clock in Nickel with Roman Dial

Embassy Clock in Nickel with Roman Dial

Our German quartz-moment Embassy Nickel Desk Clock with Roman Dial (also available in brass or with Arabic numerals) is a stately piece that will stand out in any room — on land or in a boat at sea. Large Roman numerals mark the hour, half-hour, plus 15-minute intervals. The numbers are set against a bright white dial background. If offering up this clock as a gift, you can opt for a customized engraved message as well, to demonstrate that this is a present from the heart.

Chatham on Black Marble Base
Chatham on Black Marble Base

Chatham on Black Marble Base

This lovely desk clock is hauntingly beautiful in both its craftsmanship and artistic presentation, and it can similarly be personalized with a meaningful phrase or date. The brass finish and German quartz movement are only the beginning of what this timepiece has to offer in terms of charm. The glimmering forged brass swivel case, contrasted against the glossy black marble base, is tremendously enjoyable to gaze upon in your spare time. Whenever you check the time, your eyes will probably linger for a few moments more as you admire this clock’s graceful splendor.

Regardless of the type of design you fancy, if you’re searching for the best desk clock you can acquire, Chelsea Clock — building bespoke timepieces since 1897 — likely carries a desk clock that you’ll fall in love with and hand down to future generations.