Two others in poorer condition are offered for ,540 and ,450 respectively.13.76 U. A 5th aperture is a small button which covers the openings when not in use.
The mechanism is Chelsea’s finest quality 11 jewel movement with solid brass components featuring a bi-metallic balance and lever escapement.
Classic World War I era gimbaled ship’s timekeeper made by the highly respected American makers Elgin National Watch Co., as marked on the perfect porcelain dial. The hairspring is “free sprung” meaning it was factory-adjusted for optimal time keeping with no provision for further correction.
The solid mahogany box is of splined joint construction with all brass fittings. What’s more it comes complete with its original Elgin-marked outer box with leather strap and original skeleton keys! The black composition dial is signed “MARK I DECK CLOCK, U. A knurled thumbscrew on the right secures the back to the mounting flange on a watertight O-ring.
Condition is very good, noting expected wear from actual use at sea. The serial number on the movement dates this deck watch to 1918 -- nearly 100 years old! Back to Top At this writing an Elgin deck watch of the same vintage in a mismatched box is currently being offered on e Bay for $3825. Genuine World War II vintage ship’s clock made for the U. The clock body opens forward on a bronze hinge exposing the back which has 5 apertures. This latter feature is unique in that it actually allows the clock to be set to the exact second without stopping the movement -- necessary in coordinating fleet movements, shore bombardment and amphibious assaults.
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None of the major passages around Scotland were marked. In 1900, the Lighthouse Board started converting lighthouses to electric service. The open face provides an interesting aspect of the high quality movement within. NY” as marked on the bottom of the silvered brass dial.