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1942 Hamilton M 22 Deck Watch Chronometer Navy Markings Mint

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This Fine Navy Hamilton M 22 Deck Chronometer Has Been Sold. Thank you!

RARE US NAVY  HAMILTON MODEL 22 SHIP'S CHRONOMETER

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

Presented is a WW II HAMILTON Model 22 Chronometer watch that actually served in a Navy ship during WW II. That is certain due to the stamping on the bottom of the brass cap on the tub's underside. It reads:

                                     Mid Watch
                                  Bureau of Ships
                                     U.S. Navy
                                 NO 3404 - 1941

NO stands for the Naval Observatory. 3404 is the Navy's number which appears on the side of the case and on the bottom of the cap so those numbers match.

The numerous clocks that were declared surplus at the end of WW II were quickly purchased by collectors and jewelry stores so none with a Navy mark remained. Sensing 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. Jewelry stores had these clocks in their windows so passers by could check the time. It is mostly these versions that you now find in the market with clock collectors trading the Navy versions among themselves..

This is a Hamilton 22 that served on shipboard during WW II

CONDITION: 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 3404 is engraved on the bezel and on the body of the housing under Hamilton, and in the outside 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 2F11236 which is the movements serial number. The clock is keeping excellent time when compared to a quartz wrist watch set to Atomic time.

The clock is housed in its traditional three section varnished wood case with full gimbal mounts. It is in fine condition with some minor scratches.The most prominent is on the right front side of the case down from the edge as in the last picture below. Most of the original lacquer is worn with the brass having a nice patina of age.  


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

 
 
                            Fine looking dial with count down indicator

 

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. 

Packaged in a fine looking Mahogany 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.

Packaged in a fine looking Mahogany case.


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

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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. Only Ground shipping charges within the Continental United States are included in this offer if 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.  

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