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FAMOUS HAMILTON MODEL 22
CASE DIMENSIONS: 6" square
WEIGHT: 4 lbs 11 oz
Presented is a WW II HAMILTON Model 22 Chronometer
in its traditional three section varnished wood case with full gimbal mounts. It is in fine condition
with some minor scratches. Most of the original lacquer is present. This chronometer was made at the end of WW II
for display and has been in the prior owners care ever since.
The 12 hour dial
is without a blemish and looks as new. It reads HAMILTON LANCASTER, PA., U.S.A., 48 hour Up/Down Indicator at top, Seconds
Bit Under. The number 10901 is engraved on the bezel and on the body of the housing under Hamilton, and in the inside of the
back cover. Inside, the movement is engraved the Model 22 specifications and U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships 1942. To the right
of the balance wheel is 2F28044 which is the movements serial number.
This Model 22 is
a fine running clock in which should appeal to those seeking a historic chronometer of the WW II Era
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 amongst 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.
looking dial with count down indicator|
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.
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.
This fine example is a worthy addition to any timepiece
International buyers welcome, but inquire
first. We have
satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, 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 Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore,
Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.
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.
Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless 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. However,
we are not responsible, once it is turned over to the carrier. Full Value insurance is required. In the event of damage due
to shipping we will assist you in all respects even to filing a claim in your behalf.
are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, money order, or personal
check in which case the item will be held until cleared. No checks from overseas buyers, no credit cards or PayPal accepted
on this item.
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