Sailors have long signaled the beginning and end of duty watches by striking bells in a pattern that cycles in four hour intervals.

Mark the passage of time with the authentic sounds of a ship's bell. Glance at your Apple Watch and see current and upcoming bells that play on your iPhone. Swipe down to your Today view and see the current watch and time remaining until it ends.

Excellent for use as a background chiming clock on all of your compatible iOS devices.

It is not possible for me to play bells on Apple Watch with the current public release of watchOS. If this changes, I will update this app.

You can see time remaining in the current ship's watch on Apple Watch in the app and in any enabled complications.

What's New

Version 9.2

Internal tweaks for notification changes in iOS.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Strike the bell 2nd mate!


This app keeps bell time not much else to say other than it brings me lots of joy. There is an on and off switch if your house mates or other less salty companions get tired of know when their watch ends. It works is simple to use and is reasonably priced not much else to say. I love it thank you for making this.


E & N Engineer

I am not the least bit technically challenged and I find this app to be a conundrum of settings. I just want a simple app that sounds the bells on the hr and half hour with the ability to select each hour individually that I want the bells to sound or block.
That is what the Ships Time app does but is no longer in the App Store because it does not wort with latest OS.

Never got this app to sound any bells, only very annoying pop ups telling me what watch it is. I deleted and reinstalled the app according to instructions which by the way is a ridiculous way of fixing a problem.

This may be a fine app for some but if all you want is a simple app to sound ships bells look elsewhere.

Developer Response

Apple changed iOS so that apps can no longer play notification sounds without also displaying text. Sorry, nothing I can do about it. You can mute bells by individual watch in Settings.

Too much of a good Thing??


Not having much luck nor enjoinment by using this app. Sometimes it works as intended, other times not. Have to forever re-set setting options. All those trumpet signals (useless to me) incorporated in this app may be a. contributing factor.


David Earnest
34.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© David Earnest


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