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Antique Waltham U.S. Navy Boxed Chronometer Mint
 

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ANTIQUE WALTHAM U.S. NAVY WW I BOXED CHRONOMETER 
8 Days ~ 15 Jewels
 

 

Galley view of Waltahm military-spec chronometer image

A classic U.S. Navy WW I & II ships boxed deck chronometer watch which keeps excellent time, and is in collector quality condition!

DIMENSIONS:

        Diameter of Dial   2 9/16"                  Depth  2 11/16" 
        Diameter of gimbals   4"                   Weight 2 lbs 14 oz

 
Presented is a very rare WW I U.S. Navy Waltham chronometer watch which served with distinction through the early days of WW II until the Hamilton M 22 production took its place. It is mounted in a fine furniture quality three tier Mahogany case whose varnish has taken on a patina that only comes with natural aging. There are other Waltham chronometers of a similar type. but they do not have the special features of this mil-spec example. For instance, the face has Roman numerals, not Arabic, and a special 8 day count down indicator showing it was made to military specifications. It is losing 15 seconds per day in comparison with a quartz time standard watch and runs continuously for over nine days.
 
The first mounted chronometer watch purchased by the Naval Observatory was made by Waltham in 1907. The first was serial number 16628051 . Over the period of 29 years, ending in 1936, Waltham made 16,000 of these clocks with the final serial number being 28,924,500. Few of them have survived and fewer still in this near new condition. This one is serial number 190428xx  which dates the clock to 1910. Waltham "Military Spec" clocks are prized for their accurate timekeeping and the high quality of their cases.
 
Movement of the Waltham chronommeter image
                8 Day 15 Jewel movement. The serial number is at the 9 o'clock position
 
 
MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS required an eight day, 15 Jewel movement that was housed in a three tiered, brass strapped, Mahogany box with gimbals. The silver etched 2 9/16 dial had black Roman numerals. Navy specifications in addition required that it have an 8 day count down indicator in lieu of a "spot" indicator. All these are present in this example.
The left view of the Waltham chronometer image
          15 Jewel, 8 Day chronometer movement. keeps perfect time.
 
 
The tub is brass with a screw on bezel. It is wound by a large knurled knob on the top which also sets the time when pulled out. The hands are gun metal blue spade hands. It is fitted to a top opening, three tier, Mahogany case which measures 4 7/8" x 4 7/8" x 4 7/8" 
 
Military chronometers of the WW II Era made by all the approved manufactures were made to the exacting standards of the specifications established jointly by the military and the U.S. Naval Observatory. Tests showed that there was no significant difference in accuracy between 15 and 21 jewel clocks.

CONDITION:  This example is in outstanding original condition with a dial and movement that shows only minor evidence of natural aging. The brass plate in the front is unmarked. The wood case is also in outstanding condition with only a thin scratch on the left side. It has a wood bung on the right rear and at the back. There are minor marks of handling as would  be expected with a timepiece of this age and use at sea.

 

Blemish free face of the Waltham chonometer image
                Blemish free face of the Waltham chronometer
 
 Buy this fine quality ship's U.S. Navy boxed chronometer now! It is a perfect addition for your desk, mantle or collection. 

International buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Republic of China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Hebrides (Vanuatu), New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI, Vanuatu (New Hebrides) and the Eastern Caribbean. 

GUARANTY OF SATISFACTION:: We guarantee that this clock will be working on arrival and that our description is entirely accurate or your money back. The only conditions are that an email authorization be obtained within five days, and that the instrument is returned in its original condition and packaging, and insured for its full value. Shipping charges are included in this offer and are refundable within the continental United States if we are at fault. This does not affect our policy on shipping damage which is discussed below.

PACKAGING: We take great care in packaging our clocks for shipment which includes bubble wrap, placing in a box, and then placing in a larger box surrounded by impact absorbent material. Full Value insurance is included. In the rare event of damage due to shipping we will assist you in all respects even to filing a claim in your behalf. 

SHIPPING: Flat rate FedEx Ground shipping to 48 contiguous States, $50.00.

STANDARD FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. Our prices are quoted net to us so that the use of credit cards or PayPal incur extra charges. Terms on overseas sales are different. 

A very scarce example of a WW II Mil-Spec ships boxed chronometer by Waltham. 

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