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Original U.S. Late Cold War Era 24 Hour Chelsea Clock serial 8354452 - U.S. Government Issue

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is genuine U.S. Government issue 24 Hours clock, made by the Chelsea Clock Co. of Boston, Mass. It has a 12 jewel, 8 day Chelsea 12EI movement with a 11 jewel detachable lever escapement, sweep second hand. Fully wound these should tick for 8 days. It is mounted in a dust proof and moisture proof black plastic case with a 6" dial. It features a an hour, minute and second hand. The time is set by moving the hands forward with your finger. You should not move them backward as that will damage the movement.

The face reads as follows:

CHELSEA CLOCK CO.
BOSTON

U.S. GOVERNMENT

On the back of the case it is marked:

835452
CHELSEA CLOCK CO.
BOSTON

We also removed the movement from this example, which is marked:

12EI-1980
CHELSEA CLOCK CO.
BOSTON U.S.A.
835452

Consulting serial number information available indicates the clock was made during the 1980-1984 period, during the last years of the cold war. The design however is virtually identical to WWII Period clocks, showing just how good the design was.

The clock face measures 6 inches in diameter. The US Army, Navy and Air Force used these clock from WW2 into the 1980s, and were used in the field to mark the time when a message was received.

Condition is very good, though it has seen some repair to the clock dial face, which had some damage to the markings. We do not know if it is currently functional, but it looks to be complete, except it does not have the winding key. It does run sporadically, so it probably just needs a servicing. There has been some caulking used to secure the crystal in the front of the housing.

Very decorative, and ready to display!

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