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    Not exactly a watch...

    But close enough that I hope the folks here will excuse my posting it.

    This is a WWII-era 35-size Hamilton Model 22 deck watch. They often turn up in gimballed chronometer-like boxes, but also show up often enough in a standard watch style case, too.

    These were used(I'm told) as a deck reference for the time set on the main chronometer(usually a Hamilton model 21) kept below deck. After the war, they were cataloged and advertised as a master reference for jewelery stores and the like.



    Here's the back, showing the ordnance marking



    And, unscrewing the back reveals...another back



    The second back pops off to reveal the movement



    The movement is a standard 21j lever, not unlike its smaller cousin the 992B(the Hamilton 21 is a more conventional chronometer, with a detent escapement and fusee).

    This really is a massive piece-something you don't appreciate until you have one in-hand. Here it is next to an 18 size pocket watch, to give some idea of the size.
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    Re: Not exactly a watch...

    A beauty! Does it still perform as intended?

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    Re: Not exactly a watch...

    It's at about +2s 14 hours after setting it. If nothing else, it would probably benefit from a cleaning and oiling(the balance amplitude is a bit low), but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to tackle that just yet.

    I'm probably going to let it run a few more days, and see if the timekeeping settles down any.
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    Re: Not exactly a watch...

    I don't see the picture you refer to next to a pocket watch.

    But I'm still impressed.
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    Re: Not exactly a watch...

    Oops, it looks like I left it off



    Sorry about that!
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    Re: Not exactly a watch...

    LOVE it!

    A fellow brought an AL&S ship's chronometer into the shop on Pawn Stars a while back. Holy cow, it was beyond awesome.

    Stopwatches aren't really watches in the conventional sense, either, but the movements are works of art.

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    Re: Not exactly a watch...

    Saw a Ham 22 size Swiss p.w. with big black numbers on white dial. Owner was proud of it and a practical one for his poor vision.

    I have a couple big Omegas 22j split second 70mm+ I call pocketwatch. Made by Lemania entirely for Omega starting 1932. 169 was for 1948 Olympics use.Name:  omega blog.jpg
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    Re: Not exactly a watch...

    Holy cow. Beautiful, Art. Any chance of seeing a shot of the movement of either of them?

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    Very nice, Ben. Are those hard to find? Would love to add one to my collection.

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    Re: Not exactly a watch...

    Great Timepiece!

    And, a great piece of history... congrats.

    With the navy connection, screw case and interesting stem/crown arrangement, does the 'watch' boast any kind of waterproof qualities... ie, is there some sort of gasket around the crown??

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