Item:
ONSV22WKC17

Original U.S. Military Clock Set: 1942 Dated WWII U.S. Navy Deck Clock & WWII Type U.S. Army M2 Message Center Clock

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Set of Two Available. Here we have a very nice set of U.S. Military clocks, with all mechanical workings, as they were before the days of digital clocks. They had the added benefit of not requiring any type of power source, and being unaffected by electro magnetic waves and other radiation that would destroy a digital one.

The first clock is a U.S. Navy type Mark I Deck Clock, made by the the SETH THOMAS Clock Company in Connecticut, U.S.A.. It is mounted in a dust proof and moisture proof black phenolic case with a 5 1/4" dial. It features hour and minute hands on the main dial, with a smaller dial for the seconds. The face is marked with the correct specification and date information:

MARK I - DECK CLOCK
U.S. NAVY
No. 18914, 1942

The United States Navy used Mark 1 Deck Clocks throughout WWII to help indicate the time while on deck, and afterwards. We do not have a key for this clock, and do not know whether it is functional or not. It is still in the original bakelite housing, but the wall mount it was attached to at the hinge is missing.

The second clock in the set is a genuine U.S. Army M2 message center clock, officially the CLOCK, MESSAGE CENTER, M2, made by the Chelsea Clock Co. of Boston, Mass. This model was first produced in 1943. It has a 12 jewel, 8 day Chelsea 12E 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 phenolic case with a 6" dial. It features a an hour, minute and second hand as well as another hand for a second time zone which is slaved to the hour hand. The time is set by moving the hands forward with you finger. You should not move them backward as that will damage the movement.

There are still markings on the back of the phenolic clock housing:

CHELSEA CLOCK CO.
BOSTON
792169

The US Army used these from WW2 to the Vietnam War and were used in the field to mark the time when a message was received. Information online shows that this serial number would have been produced during the 1970s, during or just after the Vietnam War. The design and style are however identical to the WWII issued clocks. We unfortunately do not have a key for this clock, and do not know whether it is functional or not.

A great set of U.S. Military clocks, which if serviced would be perfect for an office or desk. Ready to display!

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