Inside the Chelsea Ship's Bell Clock

Here’s a modern look at what’s on the inside of our Ship’s Bell clock -- a century-old mechanical timepiece that we’ve been crafting by hand, the same way, since 1900.

Although we’ve been making mechanical timepieces the old-fashioned way for over a century, these days our engineers use cutting-edge technology to create the blueprints for our designs. Every single component we manufacture -- no matter how tiny -- is digitally rendered to its exact specifications using special software. One-hundred-percent accuracy is key, so that our master clockmakers have access to detailed images of each and every part that goes into the making of our Ship’s Bell clocks.

Back in the day before CAD (computer-aided design), renderings of clock components and finished pieces were done by craftsmen who generated hundreds of scale drawings by hand, numbering each one in ink. Modern technology has expedited this process tremendously, while also ensuring greater precision and proper documentation for production -- now and in the future.

Here’s an inside look at how all the pieces come together to create the spectacular (and timeless!) Ship’s Bell clock.

shipsbellrendering Computer rendering demonstrating how a Chelsea Ship's Bell clock is assembled.
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