Announcing The First Ever StockX Watch IPO With Shinola

Announcing The First Ever StockX Watch IPO With Shinola

Fellow Detroit brand Shinola is venturing into new territory this week with the release of their first mechanical wristwatch, the Lake Erie Monster. Shinola is offering five unnumbered ‘000/500’ prototype samples of the Lake Erie Monster in an initial public offering (IPO) right here on StockX Watches. The StockX Watch IPO with Shinola is the first time a watch unavailable to the public will be offered directly on the StockX platform. The five highest Bidders will receive the ‘000/500’ prototype sample Lake Erie Monster watches, with funds raised going to The Empowerment Plan, the Detroit Children’s Fund, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Project ACT. Full details on the IPO and the watch itself below.

The StockX Watch IPO with Shinola

The StockX Watch IPO with Shinola allows buyers to place bids on the Lake Erie Monster at Bidding starts at $2,250.00 (the watch retail price) and runs from November 7, 2017, at 10 am EST to November 12, 2017, at 10 pm EST. Once the bidding period has ended, the watch will be sold to the five highest bidders who can either take possession of the watch or choose to resell on the StockX platform where trading can continue, uninterrupted. All proceeds from the StockX IPO of the Shinola Watch will be donated to The Empowerment Plan, the Detroit Children’s Fund and Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Project ACT, less applicable payment processing fees. Bidding is restricted to residents of the USA.

Place your Bid right here.

The Watch

The Lake Erie Monster is Shinola’s first-ever mechanical watch, and it comes in the form of a classic diver. Shinola has housed an Argomatic R-150 caliber within the Lake Erie Monster’s 43mm steel case. The automatic movement features 40 hours of power reserve, and a date complication situated at 4 o’clock on the dial. The 316L steel case is comprised of mostly brushed surfaces, with a polished curved edge that follows the length of the lug. The dial of the Lake Erie Monster is black enamel, a material that adds a unique foundation to the look and feel. Atop the glossy surface are applied large, lume filled hour makers; the Shinola marquee; and the caliber designation: Argomatic – R150. The bezel is brushed in texture with raised, ceramic numerals appearing at every ten-minute mark. The oversized hour and minute hands make for high legibility in nearly any environment. This is a crucial detail to get right when it comes to dive watches and Shinola has nailed it with the Lake Erie Monster.

The Lake Erie Monster takes its name from a bit of lore of the Great Lakes, and a fictional sea monster said to reside in Lake Erie. The monster is emblazoned on the caseback of the watch, with a blue gem set in the eye. Framing the monster is the serialized production number, and with these 5 examples, each will read “000/500” denoting their limited status.

These five “000/500″ watches will come packaged with a bespoke leather tech portfolio; a Princeton Tech diver’s flashlight; diver’s map of the Great Lakes; a stainless steel three-link bracelet; and an additional black rubber dive strap and black fabric strap. A numbered plate and unique Shinola + StockX authentication card will also be included.

Press Release

StockX & Shinola Partner to Launch World’s First Watch IPO Featuring the ‘Lake Erie Monster’ – Shinola’s First Mechanical Watch

– This is the third consumer goods Initial Product Offering (IPO) on the StockX platform and funds from the IPO will benefit The Empowerment Plan, the Detroit Children’s Fund, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Project ACT –

November 7, 2017 [DETROIT] – Detroit-based StockX, the world’s first online ‘stock market of things’ for high-demand consumer products, today announced a historic offering in conjunction with Shinola to IPO the brand’s first mechanical watch – the Lake Erie Monster – directly onto the StockX platform.  Shinola’s first serialized dive and self-winding timepiece is limited to just 500 individually numbered pieces. The StockX IPO is for five unnumbered ‘000/500’ Lake Erie Monsters, with a five-of-a-kind Lake Erie Monster Tech Portfolio and a special authenticity card, and is not otherwise available to the public or to be purchased at retail.

“StockX has been built, in every way, to replicate the functionality of the worlds’ stock markets” said Josh Luber, CEO and Co-Founder of StockX. “That functionality, on one hand, provides a more efficient secondary market, but it also facilitates a better way to release products into the market – i.e., the ‘IPO’ of consumer goods. For our first watch IPO, the opportunity to work with Shinola, another Detroit company, on their first mechanical watch was a perfect fit.”

Shinola, the six-year-old brand which has only ever produced quartz-movement watches, is taking a huge leap forward with its first-ever timepiece to utilize a fully automatic movement.  The Lake Erie Monster, named after an unidentified creature first spotted in 1783, celebrates the Great Lakes as well as the explorers, sailors, pioneers and divers who have spent centuries discovering the wonders of the nation’s largest freshwater lakes. The watch is machined from 316L stainless steel and the 43mm case is inspired by the elegant lines of classic sailing ships and is rated for depths of up to 1,000ft (30ATM). It is powered by the Argomatic R-150 automatic movement, which features 25 jewels and a 40-hour power reserve.

“We are thrilled to partner with StockX on their first watch IPO,” said Jacques Panis, President of Shinola.  “It’s a great opportunity to celebrate our first automatic timepiece and to raise money for three important Detroit charities – The Empowerment Plan (TEP), the Detroit Children’s Fund (DCF), and Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Project ACT.”

“We are very excited to be a part of Shinola’s entry into the world of mechanical watches,” said Reg Brack, GM, Watches at StockX. “The Lake Erie Monster combines a classic dive watch aesthetic with a unique enamel dial and automatic movement resulting in something truly special.”

This is the third IPO of limited-edition consumer product for StockX. The first IPO took place in August 2016, when the company partnered with Roc-A-Fella records to launch limited-edition merchandise to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Jay-Z’s first album, Reasonable Doubt. In January 2017, StockX partnered with Nike and the Cleveland Cavaliers on its second IPO, a package including LeBron James’ first retro sneakers, a commemorative sneaker box made from the Cavalier’s championship court, and a 2016 NBA championship ring.

How the Shinola IPO Works

The Shinola IPO allows buyers to place bids on the Lake Erie Monster at Bidding starts at $2,250.00 (the watch retail price) and runs from November 7, 2017 at 12pm EST to November 12, 2017 at 10pm EST. Once the bidding period has ended, the watch will be sold to the five highest bidders who can either take possession of the watch, or choose to resell on the StockX platform where trading can continue, uninterrupted. Funds raised from the bids will be distributed to The Empowerment Plan, the Detroit Children’s Fund, Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Project ACT.

The StockX process helps to establish the true market value of the product, and like the New York Stock Exchange, facilitates immediate secondary market trading after its initial release.

Each Shinola IPO Package Includes

  • “000” Prototype Mechanical Watch: One of just five prototype and serialized ‘000/500’ Shinola Lake Erie Monster automatic watches. With this limited-edition automatic timepiece, Shinola honors the natural beauty of the Great Lakes and confirms its commitment to quality, craftsmanship, design and innovation.
  • Bespoke Tech Portfolio: A commemorative ‘five of a kind’ leather tech portfolio featuring a hand cut Lake Erie Monster design that is cut and sewn in Shinola’s Detroit leather factory.   The Tech Portfolio is the perfect complement to watch as it features both functionality and timeless design.
  • Metal Watch Case: A metal watch case that includes a Princeton Tech diver’s flashlight, diver’s map of the Great Lakes, a stainless steel three-link bracelet, a black rubber dive strap and black fabric strap – all easily interchangeable with included tools.

Key Dates

  • Pre-IPO: Bidding opens Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. EST.
  • IPO Date: Bidding ends Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Winning bidders will be notified shortly thereafter.
  • Post IPO: Once all IPO purchases are confirmed, buyers will have the opportunity to resell their Shinola IPO Package on the StockX platform.

StockX, which was founded by Luber, StockX COO Greg Schwartz, and Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and majority owner of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, has many high profile investors including Eminem, Mark Wahlberg, Ted Leonsis, Tim Armstrong, Scooter Braun and Ron Conway.  The business launched in February of 2016, currently has more than 90 full time team members, and is expected to pass $200 million in GMV run rate by the end of 2017.

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About StockX

Detroit-based StockX launched in February 2016 and is the world’s first “Stock Market of Things.” StockX enables the buying and selling of high-demand consumer products, including sneakers, watches, handbags and streetwear. StockX connects buyers and sellers using similar protocols to the world’s stock markets – allowing anonymity and providing real-time market pricing. StockX participants can buy or sell with the full knowledge and transparency of a credible stock market.  In addition, all products bought and sold on the StockX platform are physically inspected and verified for authenticity by StockX. The StockX exchange also supplies in-depth market analysis, individual portfolio tracking, historical sales and volume metrics. StockX has achieved various milestones since its founding. In January of 2017, Nike released LeBron James’ first retro sneaker directly onto StockX, ahead of retail channels. StockX TV, the company’s ‘Mad Money for sneakers’ web series, began airing in April of 2017.  In September of 2017 StockX teamed with Eminem to raise almost $440K for hurricane relief.

About Shinola

Shinola was founded on the belief that products should be well-made and built to last. Across a growing number of categories, Shinola stands for skill at scale, the preservation of craft, and the beauty of industry.

Of all the things we make, the return of manufacturing jobs might just be the thing we’re most proud of.

About The Empowerment Plan

The Empowerment Plan (TEP) is a Detroit based nonprofit organization focused on permanently elevating families from the generational cycles of homelessness and poverty through employment. TEP hires single parents from local shelters and provides them with training and full-time employment as seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence. The individuals hired manufacture a coat designed to meet the needs of those in the homeless community. The durable EMPWR Coat can transform into a sleeping bag at night or an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use. Since 2012, the organization has provided employment to 45 homeless individuals—all of whom have now secured permanent housing for themselves and their families —and distributed over 25,000 coats to those in need across the world. For more information, visit: http://var/app/current/

About the Detroit Children’s Fund

Detroit Children’s Fund (DCF) is dedicated to dramatically increasing quality school options for families across Detroit. DCF raises philanthropic funds to support the replication of successful Detroit schools, the recruitment of proven school networks not currently in Detroit, and the development of Detroit’s teachers and school leaders. DCF’s coherent, coordinated strategy will create 25,000 quality school seats – spots in life-changing schools – or more by 2025. We know this is a bold goal, but DCF believes that if we approach this work with ambition, urgency, strategy, community, and resources then we can achieve great results for our children and our city. Visit ‪ for more information.

About Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Project ACT

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Project ACT provides direct support services to Cleveland’s children suffering from loss of housing. A comprehensive approach is taken to deliver instructional and support services necessary to facilitate the homeless child’s transition into school, and to ensure the child’s continued success within the educational system. Support services include everything necessary to accomplish the goal of meeting students’ physical, social and emotional needs. All qualifying resources from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are used to achieve this goal. For more information, visit

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