Deck watch, deck chronometer and precision counter-clock
A “deck watch” or “deck chronometer” is a precision timepiece used on the deck of boats for navigational purposes (point reading) to avoid disturbing the proper functioning of the marine chronometer, which remains in a specific area of the ship (chronometers room or captain’s cabin).
The movements of these large timepieces had to be extremely precise and were built since 1905 sometime with Guillaume balances and hair-springs with terminal curve (Breguet-type). Very often these movements are submitted to the tests of astronomical observatories and can obtain a Bulletin de marche.
Some manufactories also used these same movements, intended for civilian use, to be fitted into table clocks enabling the brand’s retailers to have a precision timekeeper that would allow them to monitor the proper functioning of the watches they sold in their boutiques.
These clocks are occasionally referred to as “horloge de comptoir” or “counter-clock” and may be labelled “Heure Exacte” (Exact Time).
All these timepieces can be equipped with a subsidiary or central seconds hand and can have a power reserve indicator. They are much more rarely found with a regulator-type dial. They can be housed in silver, stainless steel or chromed metal cases or incorporated into mahogany boxes.
Eder, Norbert, Beobachtungsuhren, Deck Watches und Chronomètres de bord, Munich, Callwey Verlag, 1987 (216 pp.).
CONDITIONS AND INFORMATION FOR BUYERS
The purchase price payable by a buyer will be the sum of the final bid price plus
the buyer’s premium, together with any applicable sales or compensating use tax. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer’s premium is payable as follows:
25% of the hammer price on each lot.
Important notice – Special conditions
Please look carefully at all the photos as they are an integral part of the description. Any defect not mentioned in the descriptions but visible on the photos will be considered as described and cannot lead to any claim. The dimensions are given as an indication and may slightly differ from the measures mentioned by the manufacturers especially for contemporary watches. The photos are not retouched. Colors may differ from reality. For timepieces, we guarantee neither the functioning nor the precision of the movement, nor the water-resistance of the case. In addition, please note that movements, parts of mechanisms or cases may be incomplete. The lots are sold “as is”
, described to the best of our knowledge and cannot be returned.
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