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Chelsea vs. Weems and Plath

Adding a quartz clock and barometer to the boat. Aside from esthetics, is there any difference in reliability or accuracy between the two brands? Obviously Chelsea is more expensive, but are they worth it?
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We have a Weems and Plath set which we purchased four years ago. It is a non quartz, winding ships bell clock. We had originally purchased the quartz version but the striking bell on it sounded a little whimpy and went through batteries rapidly. We are old school and perfer the real deal, not as accurate but more pleasing to us.

In the forward cabin we do have a small Chelsea with what appears to be a bronze case. It is a wind up also with out striking bell, a very nice piece. We had it appraised, and were surprised at the value. It was made in '46, and came with the boat.

Chelsea would be my choice if I could spring for it, but the W & P is really nice and keeps great time.
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We have quite a bit of Weems and Plath and are very happy with it. Accurate, reliable and looks great.

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We have a W & P barometer that we snagged cheap on epay. Very nice looking and accurate.

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A barometer, clock and comfortmeter from W&P was given to my wife and me as a boat warming present. Not only do they they work well, but the brass finish has a lifetime warrenty against tarnishing. for two years now the only smudges are my fingerprints from hanging them on the bulkhead. I am quite happy with them.
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I have a Chelsea baromoter and it is quite a piece. Extremely high quality gear that I will keep until I am dead.
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Wow. The W&P stuff is expensive enough! I can't imagine needing more. I have the setup your looking for (W&P) and it's nice and was very easy to mount.

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I bought a cheap-o W&P on a Westmarine web-sale. It was cheap and looks it now. Brass appears to be plate and is now rusting, not tarnish, rusting.

Last edited by Pub911; 11-24-2009 at 11:01 PM. Reason: my mistake - said bronze, meant brass
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I bought online the W&P trawler light in the US, had it delivered to the boat in TX it leaked from the resovoir I had to return to the UK so bought the resovoir with me contacted them via email, hey presto new one in the post within 2 weeks all the way from Annopolis FREE you dont get service like that to often
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My father is a clock repairman. Not sure if it's accurate or not...but he mentioned that the Weems is made by Howard Miller, and has always recommended at Chelsea as the standard.
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