Chelsea Shipstrike Quartz Clock, 4.5" Brass
The Chelsea Shipstrike Quartz Clock features a forged solid brass case with screw bezel. Aluminum dial, screened numerals. German quartz movement. Strikes the traditional ship’s bell code – one bell for each half hour on a four hour watch.
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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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