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Chelsea Andover Classic Limited Edition Ship's Bell Clock

Chelsea Andover Classic Limited Edition Ship's Bell Clock

  • $4,900.00


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The Chelsea Andover Classic Limited Edition Ship's Bell Clock 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 Limited Edition Ship's Bell Clock 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.

The identical design in non-striking movement Chelsea Concord is also available here.

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
• 8.5" Dial
• Dimensions: 12 3/4"H x 14"W x 5 3/4"D
• Weight: 27 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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