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    Default Marine Chronometer Picture Gallery

    How about starting a "Marine Chronometer Photo Gallery" featuring members chronometers with a brief description?

    I'll start with this English piece made by Septimus Miles circa. 1825. It's a 15 jewel fusee with a fully capped Ernshaw type free sprung balance, spring detent escament with helical hairspring, trapezoidal balance weights and palladium timing screws. This is a pocket size chronometer that was probably gimbaled from the beginning to reduce cost to the buyer. Boxed in Mahogany 155mmX166mmX155mm.

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    These two of mine are likely to be the first of many pictures of the Hamilton model XXI and XXII. But here they are.

    Model XXI, serial number 2E6125, 14 jewels including diamond end stone in the balance cock, Earnshaw spring detent escapement, 85 size, up/down indicator, helical hairspring, fusee, maintaining power, key wound, key set, built September 1944. With carry case.

    Model XXII, serial number 2F7744, adjusted to 6 positions, isochronism, 21-jewels, 36-size, lever escapement, built Aug. 1943, stem wound, stem set, with carry case.

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: doug sinclair)

    Here is a Bliss & Creighton #1645. It dates from aprox 1850. The box is made of Rosewood. It also came with it's outer box. When I bought it it had no top lid but I was also looking for a project when I found it. The first two pictures are of it's condition when I bought it. The second two pictures are it's state today. I started making the lid with a single block of Rosewood. I resawed it twice giving me three workable pieces of wood that all had similar grain patterns. I did all the work on it from fabrication (matching the joinery of the rest of the case), to inlaying the brass, color dying to match the original wood parts and finally laying down 5 coats of lacquer.
    Thanks, Paul
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Paul Regan)

    If you want to gather these all together there s a Gallery category for Chronometers and another for Deck watches.

    http://mb.nawcc.org/gallerydisplay.php?c=21
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Tom McIntyre)

    Well, I'm just getting my feet wet at this point, so for my first chronometer I went for something relatively abundant and unsung, a Russian marine chronometer:

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    It came with the outer transport box, as well as the thick protective cloth case that goes around that. And there are still spare parts for sale...

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Luis Casillas)

    Hi Luis,

    Has the chain "skipped" a groove in the fusee?

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: doug sinclair)

    Here again are two great timekeepers Hamilton designed for helping the winning of WW2. The Model 21 Marine Chronometer who Cooksey Shugart once wrote in a post (on another discussion board) when he asked the great horologist George Daniels, while visiting his home on the Isle of Man. "Who made the best" marine chronometer? Daniels didn't replay but merely pointed to a Model 21 he had sitting on a table. And the Model 22 gimbaled Chronometer Watch that Hamilton themselves called "the most accurate instrument of its type ever made". That was a statement closely indorsed by Marvin Whitney who worked on and tested thousands of various chronometers at the U.S. Naval Observatory. This Mod 22 never saw military or sea service but was instead used for many years as the primary timing instrument in the watch repair shop of a jewelry store in Jamestown N.Y. Many military surplus chronometers would find themselves in that same capacity after the war. I don't think any true chronometer admirer or collector can ever get tired of looking at too many Hamiltons.

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    "I don't think any true chronometer admirer or collector can ever get tired of looking at too many Hamiltons."

    I heartily agree! And to think I nearly didn't buy my model 21 back in 1985, when I discovered it in the collection of an antique dealer in Coupeville, Wash. We were there on vacation. I lucked out on my model 22 when I ran into a guy who had SIX of them!

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: gmorse)

    Quote Originally Posted by gmorse View Post
    Has the chain "skipped" a groove in the fusee?
    Oh, crap, it sure looks like. I'll have to open it up again and check, but boy that's embarrassing, I feel like got a photo taken with my fly open or something.

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    Well while were waiting for someone to post some nice marine chronometer pictures for us to look at here is one I posted on the "European Watch" section earlier this year before we had our own place. This is a Mercer #16955 circa. 1944 that had its original case replaced with an excellent quality "fancy" mahogany one. This chronometer has an interesting civilian history of service and will be the subject of a future Bulletin article next year.

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    Here is a nice Poole, made well before his death and it does have his special compensation.
    Paul
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    Wink Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Paul Regan)

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    Here is one from the other Chronometer Gallery in the Message Board's Gallery.
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    Two really great chronometers! After being spread out just about everywhere on the board I just thought it nice to post pictures right here under our own topic. I also though whoever posts here has an opportunity to give a brief description or note any other "special features" their chronometer may have. In any event thanks for posting.

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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: burt)

    I was not meaning to be pushy about the Gallery, but I would like to see it developed further for those who are more visual than literary.

    The Barraud 8 day is on my web site in the chronometer collection.

    The Chronometry section of the Gallery is at http://mb.nawcc.org/gallerydisplay.php?c=21.
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    Default Re: Marine Chronometer Gallery (By: Tom McIntyre)

    Tom,

    Didn't take it that way. I think there is more value to having "Gallery Pictures" wherever they are posted than we realize. It was your Dent, in that fantastic Macassor Ebony case that gave me the incentive to go for the "fancy" case on my Mercer. Pictures can be "worth a thousand words" and I would like to see more chronometer pictures posted regardless where a collector decides to do them. I chose not to utilize the "Chronometry section of the Gallery" as I wanted to combine verbiage to them. How else can we note a special feature or historic connection to them?

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