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Hamilton Model 22 Gimbaled Boxed Deck Chronometer Clock

 

FAMOUS HAMILTON MODEL 22 SHIP'S GIMBALED DECK CLOCK - CHRONOMETER

 


Hamilton Model 22 gimbaled deck chronometer clock image

 

CASE DIMENSIONS: 6" square                           WEIGHT: 4 lbs 11 oz

Presented is a post WW II HAMILTON Model 22 Deck Chronometer Watch that was sold after the end of World War II.
  Numerous clocks were declared surplus at the end of the War and sold at government sales to collectors and jewelry stores which were eager to purchase these elegant and high quality time pieces. Recognizing a continuing demand, Hamilton reissued this model clock without the military stamping on the bottom of the case, but used movements that they had left over from the War. In the days before quartz movements, jewelry stores had these clocks on display in their windows so passers by could check the time. This is one of these versions, but it is still  prized as a memento of the War and for the amazing accuracy of its mechanical movement. 

Hamilton Model 22 bottom of tub cap image

This Hamilton Model 22 was first sold after WW II

CONDITION: The 12 hour dial is in fine condition and looks as new.  It then reads HAMILTON LANCASTER, PA., U.S.A. 48 hour Up/Down Indicator at top, Seconds Bit Under.  Inside, the movement is engraved with the Model 22 specifications and U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships 1942. To the right of the balance wheel is 2 f 223XX, which is the movements serial number. The clock is keeping perfect time when compared to a quartz wrist watch set to Atomic time. The clock is housed in its traditional Navy three section varnished wood case with full gimbal mounts. Except for two thin lines of white paint on the inside top cover, and one small imperfection in the wood on the right side at the bottom, the case and lighter wood at its right lower corner, it is in excellent condition with only superficial marks of handling. Most of the original lacquer remains with small areas of the brass showing through and those having a nice patina of age. 

On the tub's bottom is engraved 043-12x29;1966299 CT-; CT on three lines. These numbers do not correspond to any of Hamilton's markings on the clock.

Movement of Hamilton Model 22 image
        The movement is marked U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships 1942 

This Model 22 is a fine running clock which should appeal to those seeking a historic chronometer of the WW II and
Vietnam Era
 

SPECIFICATIONS: The Hamilton Model 22 is a legendary watch, hurriedly designed when the USA was entering WWII, along with the far more complicated Model 21 marine chronometer; both are considered among the finest of their type. The 22 was even produced in the boxed-and-gimbaled format, as it was proven to be reliable enough to serve as a ship's primary timekeeper! The case is 70mm across, of plated and matted brass, and features a wonderful guarded crown and button to prevent inadvertent setting. Although the mainspring's power reserve is some 60 hours, and the dial indicates up to 48, it was intended that the watch would be wound each day at the same time for nearly perfect isochronisms. The enormous movement is fully adjusted and immaculately finished and striped. The elegant regulator uses a spring-loaded finger which traces the perimeter of a snail-cam.
 

Hamilton 22 dial image
Fine looking dial with Overhaul Due Date & count down indicator. Photographed through glass
 

HAMILTON CHRONOMETER HISTORY: Hamilton Model 21 Marine Chronometers and Model 22 Deck Watches.   At the outbreak of W.W. II, the United States Navy required a vast quantity high quality chronometers. At that time, the Navy had been using Ulysses Nardin timepieces as standard equipment with few if any being available in this country.  A request for bids was made by the War Office, and the Hamilton Watch Company was the only firm able to meet the requirements by designing and producing an innovative marine chronometer in  a period of about 18 months.  Hamilton was able to produce the unit in sufficient numbers to meet U.S. wartime demand, and made 11,239 of these chronometers during the War. 

Front view of the Hamilton Model 22 case image
Housed in a perfect Mahogany three tier chronometer case
 


The model 21 and 22 are technically one of the great achievements in horology. The balance and hairspring assembly were a radical departure from traditional chronometer design and resulted in superior time keeping rates.  In addition, Hamilton also produced a 21 jewel lever escapement chronometer deck watch. A more detailed description of both the model 21 and 22 timepieces can be found in Marvin E. Whitney's book: "Military Timepieces" which is recommended reading for serious collectors.

Partial side view of Model 22 case image
Partial side view of Model 22 three tier case showing its fine condition except for small imperfection lower left
 

 This fine example is a worthy addition to any timepiece collection.

NO NONSENSE WARRANTY:  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 three 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 within the continental U.S. if an error is due to our fault. This does not affect our policy on shipping damage which is discussed below.

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