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At that time the company was producing C1 type cargo ships for the U. The yard also produced minesweepers and many other specialty vessels. The front of the box bears the brass maker’s tag reading “HAMILTON WATCH CO. The chronometer itself is just under 5 inches in diameter.
In additional, commercial and private vessels originally built by the company were also converted for wartime use. An added important value of this offering is the fact that this chronometer is housed in its original hardwood outer carrying box with padded green felt lining in perfect original condition and bearing the identical Hamilton brass maker’s plaque.
The wind and set function are made from the back with the original double-ended brass key. For ease of winding and setting it is equipped with a hinged bezel opening and closing on an elaborate brass button latch. PAT OFF.” The dial has bold Arabic numerals and a minute chapter swept by Breguet-type “moon” hands.
The middle instrument consists of a lovely mercury thermometer with large bulb reading from 20 to 152 degrees Fahrenheit. The bezel contains its original old wavy glass held in by traditional plaster of Paris. Here is an original American ship’s clock well over 100 years old! The movement is Chelsea’s earliest time only jeweled brass movement with decoratively-engraved balance cocks. It is housed in its original handsome solid bronze steam gauge-type case 10 inches in diameter by 2 ¾ inches deep and weighs a hefty 9 pounds!
As World War II approached, government contracts increased. All of this is slung in gimbals having a knurled gimbal lock.
At its peak Pusey & Jones employed more than 3,600 workers. Pusey & Jones launched one of the very first Liberty Ships. The assembly is contained in Hamilton’s classic 3-tier mahogany box, fully brass-bound with button latches, lid stays and folding drop handles. A.” The inner box measures slightly over 7 ½ inches cubed.
The Hamilton Watch Company deserves a special place in American horological history.
The early form silvered, pressed copper dial has bold Roman numerals swept by blued steel Breguet moon hands with a hand-painted minute chapter and subsidiary seconds bit below XII. PHILADELPHIA.” The early style Fast/Slow adjustment lever is near the II. The 4 inch dial, complete with silvered reflector ring, is in lovely original condition as is the high polished 5 ½ inch case. The hinged brass bezel opens and closes with a press fit affording easy access for winding and setting.
The inscription above the winding arbor is also hand-painted, “J. The high quality jeweled movement is Chelsea’s standard for the time period with floral-decorated balance cock, signed “Chelsea Clock Co. This is an excellent time keeper, complete with period winding key. This state-of-the-art timekeeper was issued to Navy PT Boats and other ocean-going craft requiring accurate "over the horizon" coastal navigation. SHIPS-1942." It is contained within its original base metal case marked "KEYSTONE" with protective snap fit inner dust cover and outer screw-on cover engraved "BUREAU OF SHIPS U. NAVY (N)5569-1942 CHRONOMETER WATCH." This deck watch is housed in its original padded solid mahogany 2-tier chronometer watch box with viewing port and button latch. A." This box measures 9 inches wide by 8 1/4 inches deep and 3 3/4 inches high. The all brass 8-day movement is stamped "Ansonia Clock Co., U. A." and keeps good time, having just been professionally serviced.
Long known as a producer of fine quality pocket and wrist watches from the 1800’s into the early 20th century, the climate changed with the onset of WWII.
To their credit, Hamilton, which had never produced a chronometer before, stepped up to design and ultimately manufacture over 12,000 of its exquisite Model 21 chronometers. In doing so, the company drew heavily on the advances of its European competitor Ulysee Nardin.
The yard produced 19 ships before closing at War’s end. The movement is contained within its solid brass tub with spring-loaded dust cover protecting the winding arbor.