Sequence and significance of the ringing bell: The bell clock derives from the signal rung on a ship’s bell as timed originally by means of an hourglass. The hourglass was suspended above the ship’s wheel on sailing vessels, close to the ship’s bell.
The day onboard ship was divided up into 6 watches of 4 hours. The watch changed, and as a rule continues to do so today, at 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 hours. When 8 bells rang, the watch changed and the on-duty helmsman turned the hourglass. After half an hour the sand had run through from the top to the bottom. One ring of the bell indicated that the first half-hour of the watch had passed. After the second half-hour the sand-glass was turned again and with two rings of the bell the helmsman made it known that the second half-hour of the watch had passed. With each further half-hour one ring was added until 8 bells (= 4 hours of the watch) had been reached and the next change of watch took place.
The bell clapper was operated in a specific rhythm: The full hours were sounded by a double stroke (forward and backward stroke), with the second ring being slightly louder. Then there was a short pause before the next rings sounded. For example at 12 o‘clock = 8 bells: ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding. Or at 9.30: ding-ding, ding.
The ship’s bell clock, which was invented at the end of the 19th century, took over the function of the hourglass and bell. Technology made it possible to perfectly reproduce the rhythm of rings and the sound of the bell, while also indicating the exact time. Our ship’s bell clocks retain the atmosphere of life onboard, and succeed in striking the right note on land too.
Size: Ø 180 mm
Depth: 90 mm
Casing: stainless steel
MS-51-04-180-ES Quartz movement, casing: stainless steel