Hamilton 36S 21J adj. 6p Model 22 marine chronometer watch #2F22369; wood, glass, & brass gimbal box

Hamilton 36S 21J adj. 6p Model 22 marine chronometer watch #2F22369; wood, glass, & brass gimbal box

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Hamilton 36S 21J adj. 6p Model 22 marine chronometer watch #2F22369, case housing #7207, proprietary setting type specific to the Model 22 with a pin-set depress that then allows the crown to be pulled out to the time-set position, impressive nickel bridge movement with distinctive angular plate & bridge layouts and a bar-style damascene pattern is marked "U.S. Navy - BU. Ships - 1942" in addition to the standard Hamilton movement markings, champagne-toned metal dial with large black Arabic-style numbers, a black minute marker register and black printed power register at 12 o'clock and seconds register at 6 o'clock, dial does have a few small scratches & spots of discoloration along with a worn ring under the bezel where the bezel has been lightly screwed down against the dial over the years, bold black steel spade & whip style hands.

In lieu of a portable watch case, this watch has been fitted into a Hamilton wood, glass & brass gimbal box, elaborate gyroscopic brass frame supports the watch, which is housed in a milled round brass housing with an extra heavy screw-down back that will keep the watch naturally wanting to remain dial-up, housing back is marked "MTD. Watch Bureau of Ships U.S. Navy (N in a circle) 7207-1942", front & back bezels both have a textured cross-hatch engraved design, faceted glass crystal, the watch & gimbal frame are then secured into a large Hamilton red-brown hardwood box with stainless steel hinges & latches; box has two lids, opening the first one will allow you to view the watch through a thick pane of glass, opening both lids gives you access to the watch and frame, time setting instructions are attached to the interior of the second lid.

Outer stainless steel (SS) panel is marked "Hamilton Watch Co. Lancaster, PA., U.S.A.", green felt backing on the bottom, box, gimbals & watch housing are all showing normal even wear overall with some shallow but notable scratches on the box, some base metal showing on the latch plates and a bit of oxidation on some of the gimbal security screws, watch in its housing measures approx. 75mm in diameter x 50mm thick, box measures approx. 152mm wide x 152mm deep x 150mm tall. An incredible, high grade triple signed marine chronometer, contracted by the US Navy from Hamilton for the WWII war effort in the 1940s, running strong and in excellent overall condition!

Please note: for this particular item, due to U.S. export limitations, we can only ship to domestic U.S. addresses.
  • Year Made: 1942
  • Company: Hamilton
  • Movement Size: 36S
  • Jewels: 0721J
  • Setting/Movement Type: pendant set
  • Adjustments: 6 positions
  • Model/Grade: Model 22
  • Serial #: 2F22369
  • Movement Finish: nickel
  • Movement Details: wind indicator, bridge layout, marine chronometer
  • Dial Material: metal
  • Dial Color: champagne
  • Hand Style: spade & whip
  • Case Style: SB&B
  • Case Material: Brass, Wood, Glass
  • Case Details: factory case, military markings, gimbal box
  • Case Width/Diameter: 75mm (2.95 inches)
  • Case Length, bow included:  75mm (2.95 inches)
  • Case Thickness:  50mm (1.97 inches)
  • Crystal Material: glass
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Gender: Unisex
The Hamilton watch company began business in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892 and still operates today. The last watches produced in the American factory were made in 1969, after which the company was sold to a Swiss owner.

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The NAWCC also has a comprehensive article about the company; additional information may also be found on Wikipedia.
You may browse all of our men's pocket watches from this manufacturer at our Vintage Men's Hamilton Pocket Watches category.
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
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