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About Nautical Chronometers

An brief overview

During World War II, the United States Navy commissioned US Watch makers to make ships chronometers. Hamilton Watch Company was the largest supplier. These chronometers were mounted in gimbaled, mahogany boxes which in turn fit inside a padded wooden carrying box equipped with leather straps and adorned with brass bindings. Advancements in technology, such as quartz clocks and satellites, pushed the brass chronometers into obsolescence but did not replace the epic beauty of them mounted in their hand finished wooden boxes. War-time accounting practices along with the nature of wood and metal resulted in the chronometer works in their brass tubs out surviving the original wooden materials supporting them. So as the Navy released these historic time pieces many of the boxes were found in need of repair or missing all together.