Colgate Clock discussion
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The Colgate Clock is an octagonal clock in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States, promoted as being the largest clock in the entire world. It is situated in front of the (former) headquarters of consumer products conglomerate Colgate-Palmolive, which until the 1980s was based out of Jersey City. It is fifty feet in diameter (the original clock was thirty-eight feet in diameter), faces the Hudson river harbor, and is clearly visible from Manhattan's west side.
The current Colgate Clock was built in 1924 to replace an earlier, smaller clock designed by Colgate engineer Warren Day and constructed by the Seth Thomas Company for the centennial of the Colgate Company in 1906.
As of 2005, the Colgate Clock stands on an otherwise empty lot; all of the other old buildings in the complex were razed in 1985, when Colgate left New Jersey. There are currently plans to tear the clock down in order to use the lot it stands upon for other purposes.