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Rare CHELSEA WW II Navy Mark I Deck Clock Bronze Case

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RARE CHELSEA WW II U.S. NAVY MARK I DECK CLOCK PRESENTATION GRADE
Naval Observatory Cartouche 1941

STAND INCLUDED A $75.00 VALUE

Thousands of these clocks were made during War II, but few were by Chelsea whose design is different and more refined than the ubiquitous nickel plated
version made by Seth Thomas

DIMENSIONS: 5 1/2" Diameter of face 3 1/4" Deep 8" Full Diameter Weight 10 lbs 6 oz

Presented is a finely Chelsea made, back winding, Navy boat clock with a hinged bezel that is sightly different and more refined than the numerous examples housed in nickel cases that were made by Seth Thomas. This clock's case is bronze which has the appearance of being plated in Gold! A wood backing plate has been added to allow wall hanging. The clock is keeping exceptionally good time compared to a quartz time piece.

Navy MK I DECK clocks of WW II were manufactured in accordance with military specifications 18C-11 and 18C -13. This Chelsea example has modifications which we haven't seen before. It's housed in a bronze case of Gold appearance, and with an integral hinge stud on the backing plate that acts as the hinge. This compares to the more comon version which uses a removable pin, and has a chrome plated case. The back of the front section has all the controls on the rear and couples to the backing plate by a fixed stud.

Chelsea clock has an integral stud on the mounting plate as a hinge

Seth Thomas uses a separate pin as a hinge

Andrew Demeter in his definitive book, "Chelsea Clock Company, the first 100 years" writes on page 210 that Chelsea MK I Deck and Boat clocks were chromium plated up to 1941 when cases were switched to Bakelite, a phenolic.

The Chelsea case and backing plate pictured on page 208 in Marvin Whitney's encyclopedic work, "MILITARY TIMEPIECES" is as the same as as shown here, but he also says it should be chromium plated
. We wonder if this clock wasn't Gold plated for "Presentation" for which it is eliminately suitable.

Markings on face
Controls on back have a dust cover over
A Mark I Deck clock made by Chelsea is a rare find, as is a clock of this age and service at sea to be found in this fine condition. It is perfect for a collector of military pieces or as an important gift.


Beneath the hand arbor is etched:

MARK I DECK CLOCK
U.S. NAVY
(NO) NO 7614

(NO) represents the Naval Observatory which means the clock not only met the military specifications, but also met the stringent standards of this institution which maintains the Nation's Time Standard. At the bottom of the dial it is marked Chelsea.

The following controls are accessed on the back:

  • Fast - Slow adjustment. To regulate turn towards S to Slow and vice versa
  • Stop - allows to precision setting with master clock
  • Set - moves hands
  • Wind - a key is included

It has a Chelsea Model 17K, 11 jewel 8 day movement that is wound, set and adjusted through a slotted dust cover at its rear which closes. A separate start/stop mechanism allows it to be synchronized with a master time piece.

The removable vibration dampener backing plate was attached to a bulkhead when the front of the case is removed by pulling its hinge pin. The bezel is dogged by turning a wing nut and all is secure.

Wing nut latch on the right and the ubiquitous chrome plated model below

A typical MK I Deck clock in standard nickel plated configuration

CONDITION: This example has seen about 72 years of service, much of it at sea, and gives the appearance of being new. The face is in excellent condition and shows little evidence of aging. The lens under most light conditions shows clear, and without scratches. The movement is keeping excellent time. A key is included. The bronze work has the appearance of Gold.

International buyers welcome, but must 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, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

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 & INSURANCE to 48 congtiguous States $30.00

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 within the continental United States are included in this offer if the error is ours. 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.


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This U.S. Navy clock has a dramatic appearance and its black face makes a perfect gift or as an addition for your den wall or in a collection.

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