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Chelsea Centennial Limited Edition Ship's Bell Clock

Chelsea Centennial Limited Edition Ship's Bell Clock

  • $3,950.00


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The Chelsea Centennial Clock is one of a kind. Created to celebrate Chelsea Clock’s 100th year of fine American clock making (1897-1997), the Centennial features a handsome forged solid brass case and hinged bezel set atop a hand-finished American walnut and brass base.

The Centennial Clock's 6” silvered brass dial features elegant gold-plated numerals and an intricate gold-plated reveal centerpiece.

The precision mechanical (wind-up) Chelsea ship's bell movement chimes the traditional Ship’s Bell code.

Each Centennial is individually numbered and registered in Chelsea’s manufacturing log book.

Please note: This Limited Edition may require additional time to produce - please inquire if time is of the essence.

Engraving and Customizing information available here.

 

FEATURES

• 5 Year Warranty
• Ship's Bell Mechanical Movement
• 6" Dial
• Dimensions: 9 1/2"H x 8 3/4"W x 3 3/4"D
• Weight: 11 lbs.
• Packaged in our luxurious blue presentation box

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.

First Watch 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Mid-Watch (also Black Watch) 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Morning Watch 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Forenoon Watch 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Watch 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Evening Watch 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
   
The watch officer struck the ship's bell every half hour to apprise the crew of the time. A single bell denoted the end of the first half hour and one bell was added each half-hour. Eight bells therefore signaled the end of each four-hour watch. Like centuries of seafarers, you'll soon know the time when the clock chimes, even if you cannot see it.
 
  8 bells 12:00 4:00 8:00
  1 bell 12:30 4:30 8:30
  2 bells 1:00 5:00 9:00
  3 bells 1:30 5:30 9:30
  4 bells 2:00 6:00 10:00
  5 bells 2:30 6:30 10:30
  6 bells 3:00 7:00 11:00
  7 bells 3:30 7:30 11:30

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