Our Company


Banneker, Inc. is a watch and clock company founded in 2003 by Derrick Holmes. The watch and clock offerings of the company are differentiated in the marketplace by virtue of a unique design feature that connects us to our legendary namesake. Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) was a free African American astronomer, inventor, mathematician, surveyor, almanac author, and farmer. The historic contribution that aligns us with this man of genius is outlined below.

banneker-bust.pngAt the age of twenty-one, Benjamin met a man named Josef Levi who showed him a pocket watch. Banneker was so fascinated that Levi gave him the watch. He studied how it worked, drew a picture of it, and made mathematical calculations for the parts. He worked on building a clock for two years. In 1753, it was completed. It was made entirely of wood and he had carved the gears by hand. This was the first working clock built in the United States. For more than forty years, the clock struck every hour until it was destroyed in a mysterious fire.

The company pays homage to Benjamin Banneker by Integrating luxury woods into every watch and clock design.  It is one of the only minority owned watch and clock companies in the world today and the first company to produce timepieces with the Banneker name in over 200 years.  Benjamin Banneker timepieces are original and unique while remaining on the cutting edge of style and fashion.  All of the products include information about Benjamin Banneker’s historic accomplishments as a way of educating and informing. Banneker was an inspiration and did so many great things besides his work on the clock.  Banneker also never stopped pushing himself to learn new things and new skills.  He was on a never-ending quest for knowledge that continued right up until the end of his life.  Our Banneker watches are designed to inspire pride and provoke conversation while providing a chance to help spread the story of Benjamin Banneker. Wear the History...Share the History

As a company we have been inspired by what Benjamin Banneker achieved given the time period in which he lived.  What would someone like that be capable of achieving today?  What are we all capable of achieving if we only dare to dream and aren't afraid to fail while trying?

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Listen to Banneker Founder Derrick Holmes tell the story about starting Banneker Watches & Clocks on the Joe Madison Show: