Ship's Bell Clocks
from Chelsea® Clocks
The art of Chelsea clockmaking is most brilliantly expressed in the Ship's Bell Clock... a rare
expression of individuality in an impersonal age. Crafted of forged brass and mahagany, the
clock's dial is etched and silvered using a century old process. The Ship's Bell movement,
handcrafted by Chelsea clockmakers, is the finest precision clock movement in the world.
Three hundred components are carefully machined to precision tolerances and hand finished
or gold plated to ensure dependability for generations. From the beginning of hand assembly
to final testing requires three weeks of an expert clockmaker's time. During this period a Ship's
Bell clock is carefully regulated and extensively tested by individual clockmakers whose
pride in craftsmanship sets the world standard for clockmaking.
Shown on optional traditional base.
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THE SHIP'S BELL STORY
Chelsea's Ship's Bell Clock is the flagship of its fleet and the epitome of clock making art. Its story began soon after the company's founding more than a century ago when Chelsea acquired several patent rights from revered clock-maker Joseph Eastman. Among Eastman's drawings were those for a clock with an elegantly designed movement encased in brass. Atop the clock was a bell that chimed every half hour in the pattern long used at sea to apprise ships' crews of the time.
Chelsea craftsmen replaced the external bell with an internal chime where it would be well protected from the harshness of weather and salt air. The result was a dependable, compact clock that remained accurate despite the sea's incessant motion while audibly signaling the time in the language of seafarers.
Chelsea began making Ship's Bell Clocks before the age of machines-a time when the art and craft of fine mechanical clock making were at their zenith. The clock's hundreds of precision parts were meticulously crafted and assembled by hand. To insure accuracy and protect against the elements many internal parts were plated with gold and most bearings fabricated with jewels. Also, the clock's dial was hand-silvered for added brilliance which made it easier to read. Indeed, Ship's Bell clocks were truly as beautiful on the inside as their external beauty and simplicity implied.
Remarkably, little has changed about the Chelsea Ship's Bell Clock. Today, they are still made by hand in the company's original factory with methods that have changed little across generations. The unique, yet gentle, chimes of the Ship's Bell Clock clearly bespeak its nautical heritage while providing welcome comfort to owners at home and at sea.