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Chelsea Ship's Bell Clock & Barometer Set, 4.5" Brass

Chelsea Ship's Bell Clock & Barometer Set, 4.5" Brass

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The Chelsea Ship's Bell Clock and Barometer Set - a timeless classic.

Chelsea Ship's Bell Clock featuring a Forged solid brass case, hinge bezel, deeply etched hand silvered dial. Hand-crafted Ship's Bell mechanism, consisting of 364 brass and gold plated parts with an 11-jewel clock movement. Strikes the traditional ship's bell code - one bell for each half hour on a four hour watch. Handmade in Chelsea MA.

Matching Ship's Bell Barometer/Thermometer featuring double bellows holosteric movement, thermometer tube (mercury free).

The Chelsea Ship's Bell Clock and Barometer Set includes the Double base in Solid Mahogany.

Chelsea Luxury Blue Presentation Gift Box included.

Engraving and Customizing information available here.




• Five-year warranty
• Deeply etched hand silvered dial
• 11-jewel movement
• 364 brass and gold plated parts
• Clock strikes traditional ship's bell code


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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