These alluring oddities were shown to us during our last order of vintage ships clocks, and we snapped up the four on offer. We had never seen them before and were very taken by the clean design. They would look great in any room in the house, particularly the kitchen.
The Marine Radio Co Ltd is based in Korea. This particular clock is a marine slave clock; these are electrically connected to a main mother unit on board a ship. The idea is that they keep perfectly accurate time, unaffected by violent movements of the sea and other nautical interferences.
This ship’s clock is made of steel, which would have been originally painted. We have stripped the paint and polished the metal, for a more striking finish. A red metallic MRC logo sits below the 12 on the clock face, and ‘Marine Radio Co., Ltd’ appears in a classic nautical script typeface below the spindle.
The clock is opened to reveal the workings (and to replace the battery or alter the time) by unscrewing the spindle on the right hand side beside the number 3.
Such maritime clocks run off a ship’s electrical system, which is entirely incompatible with our domestic electrical systems. So the plastic clock mechanism housing you see pictured in the photograph of the opened clock, we have replaced with a standard AA battery-powered version.
A gem of a clock – and undoubtedly rare on the reclaimed market.
DImensions to come (approx 24 cm diameter and 8 cm deep)…