The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
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The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer

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The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer
The Comparing Watch Set with Ship's Chronometer

Watch Description

Scroll down to the vintage advertisements to read about the history of the Comparing Watch!

June 6th marks 79 years since the Allied Forces launched the largest amphibious assault in military history. Code-named “Operation Overlord,” the beaches of Normandy were filled with 156,115 troops supported by 6,939 ships and landing vessels. Today we call it “D-Day” and many recognize it as a massive inflection point of the Second World War.

The United States Navy trusted Hamilton Watch Company to manufacture the timepieces for their warships, and we get to preserve a handful of them as wristwatches. The Comparing Watch’s purpose was to assist in navigating warships for the United States Navy.

Serial number 1 of 8 will come with an original Ships Chronometer, the Hamilton Model 22, which was one of the master timepieces on the warships. We only have one set, so this product is a one-of-a-kind offering.

The Comparing Watch houses an antique Hamilton 2974B pocket watch with an original dial, hands, and movement. We used a stainless steel case, crown, and hardware along with a custom Navy strap, all Made in the USA specifically for this watch. The watch features a sapphire crystal case back allowing you to see the antique movement.

The specific movement chosen for this set also features the "U.S. Navy B.U. Ships" engraving from 1940, making it exceptionally rare and special. This watch also has a pristine double sunk dial, something only seen on serial number 1 of 8.

This watch will ship inside our custom Vortic Watch Company Otterbox Drybox along with a special surprise gift showcasing the provenance. We may need to ship the Chronometer separately in order to protect it properly.

The delivery time is 3-4 weeks from the date of purchase.

Movement Manufacturer Information

The movement inside of this watch was made by Hamilton Watch Company. We call this model "The Lancaster" because the company was located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Hamilton is named after famous Pennsylvanian Alexander Hamilton and is the result of multiple re-organizations of attempted watch companies in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1892, Hamilton had a reputation for superior quality and maintained half of the railroad watch market share during some of the most prolific years of American railroad history. During World War II, Hamilton was integral to the production of accurate timepieces for the Military. Deemed "the watch that won the war," the company established an employee-run newsletter so that employees turned soldiers could keep up with life at the factory. While the original factory still stands as luxury apartments, the company stopped producing watches in the US in 1969. Hamilton now produces watches in Switzerland and is owned by the Swatch Group.

Watch Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Vortic Watch Company
  • Model Year: 2023 Military Special Edition
  • Warranty: Full 1-Year Warranty
  • Case Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 49mm
    • Lug Width: 24mm
  • Case Material: Machined Steel
  • Crown/Hardware: Stainless Steel
  • Water Resistance: 1 ATM
  • Crystals: Domed German Glass (front)
    Sapphire Glass (back)
  • Case Back: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Custom Navy Leather with White Stitching

Movement

  • Manufacturer: Hamilton Watch Company
  • Serial Number: K650
  • Manufacture Year: 1940
  • Function: Manual Wind
  • Jewels: 17 Jewels
  • Hands: Original Antiques
  • Size: 16s
  • Power Reserve: ~36 Hours

Scroll down to the vintage advertisements to read about the history of the Comparing Watch!

June 6th marks 79 years since the Allied Forces launched the largest amphibious assault in military history. Code-named “Operation Overlord,” the beaches of Normandy were filled with 156,115 troops supported by 6,939 ships and landing vessels. Today we call it “D-Day” and many recognize it as a massive inflection point of the Second World War.

The United States Navy trusted Hamilton Watch Company to manufacture the timepieces for their warships, and we get to preserve a handful of them as wristwatches. The Comparing Watch’s purpose was to assist in navigating warships for the United States Navy.

Serial number 1 of 8 will come with an original Ships Chronometer, the Hamilton Model 22, which was one of the master timepieces on the warships. We only have one set, so this product is a one-of-a-kind offering.

The Comparing Watch houses an antique Hamilton 2974B pocket watch with an original dial, hands, and movement. We used a stainless steel case, crown, and hardware along with a custom Navy strap, all Made in the USA specifically for this watch. The watch features a sapphire crystal case back allowing you to see the antique movement.

The specific movement chosen for this set also features the "U.S. Navy B.U. Ships" engraving from 1940, making it exceptionally rare and special. This watch also has a pristine double sunk dial, something only seen on serial number 1 of 8.

This watch will ship inside our custom Vortic Watch Company Otterbox Drybox along with a special surprise gift showcasing the provenance. We may need to ship the Chronometer separately in order to protect it properly.

The delivery time is 3-4 weeks from the date of purchase.

Getting A Fix On Your Location

The Model 21 Chronometer

The Officer of the Watch

Restoration of the Original Antiques

The Wristwatch Engineering System

The Glass Crystals

The Hand Crafted Strap

The Veterans Watchmaker Initiative

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