The Chelsea Andover Classic is a superb timepiece in the Chelsea tradition of fine craftsmanship and distinctive clock making.
Featuring our signature mechanical key-wind Ship’s Bell chiming mechanism, this distinctive clock features a highly-polished solid forged brass case set atop a luxurious, hand-finished walnut and forged brass base.
Boasting a deeply etched hand-silvered brass dial, the Andover Classic features beautifully detailed decorative hands and hand-applied solid brass gold-plated numerals.
The Ship's Bell Mechanical Movement is handcrafted and signals the passing of time with gentle, rich-sounding chimes – eight bells at 4, 8 and 12 o’clock to mark the end of a mariner’s four-hour watch, with one bell the first half-hour after, plus one additional bell with each subsequent half-hour. This mechanical movement has 364 precision brass parts – many plated with gold – and an 11-jewel movement, all of which are made in Chelsea, Massachusetts, ensuring accuracy in time and enduring quality for years to come.
Since the first patented Ship’s Bell left our factory in 1900, it has been held as the standard by which all other Chelsea clocks are measured.
Please note: This Limited Edition may require additional time to produce - please inquire if time is of the essence.
Ship's Bell Story
Mariners have used a unique bell code to tell time at sea for hundreds of years. The code is based on the crew's typical workday routine while the vessel is under way. A ship at sea requires constant attention throughout the day's twenty-four hours. The day is therefore divided into six four-hour periods, each called a "watch." Similarly, the crew is segmented into three divisions. Division members then stand their individually assigned duties on two watches per day, with eight hours off duty between watches. To rotate each division's watch times, the Evening Watch is periodically divided into two watches. These are called Dog Watches because they "dog" the watch schedule for all divisions ahead by one watch period.
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