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Just won this, read what it says. Kinda neat!
Have no idea if it's authentic, but thought it unusual.
Anyone know about these????????
Detex Newman watchman's clock by Detex Corp. of New Braunfels, Texas, NATO stock number 6645-21-819-3255. The clock was used in the engineering department on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis St. Laurent out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1969 the ship escorted the American super-tanker, the SS Manhattan, which was the first oil tanker to go through the Northwest Passage across the top of North America. This working clock has been retired and is truly a unique souvenir of the time of that history-making trip. The clock weighs 3 1/2 pounds when stored in its leather carrying case. The clock has a heavy aluminum case that is lockable. This auction also includes the key to open the locked case and the key to wind the 7-Day clock inside. The engineering department crew carried these clocks throughout the ship, the icebreaker Louis St. Laurent, and at each stop on the watch, which normally lasted 4 hours, a key chained to a box was inserted into the clock and turned. This left a record on a paper disc contained inside the locked clock that assured the chief of the engineering department that the watch person did in fact visit each site that required inspection.
Good going Sheila!
These are not often found with such interesting provenance.
The concept goes back about 100 years, or so. Detex is the most common brand I have seen. I have also seen German made watchman clocks with WWII military markings.
In some places these clocks are still used today. It’s not uncommon to see the little boxes with keys on chains inside screwed to the walls of various old factories, office buildings and government installations.
I had not heard of them being used on ships before reading your posting.
Thank you for the added information.
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I saw one of these in pretty poor shape in an antique shop in McMinnville, TN last year. They were asking several hundred dollars for theirs, and had NO idea where it came from, or what it had been used for. Regards. Mark
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