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Date/Report Number …..0103.FN21HY.04 Item:  RE-ILLUMINATED TRENCH WATCH  WITH LEATHER MILITARY STRAP
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1915 WWI **RE-ILLUMINATED TRENCH WATCH 31 X 36 WITH SHRAPNEL GUARD AND TRENCH WATCH STRAP ** ORIGINAL RADIUM DIAL RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF-LUMINOVA HIGH-PERFORMANCE PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT WITH  VINTAGE LEATHER STRAP CAME WITH US MILITARY BAGES. ONE ARMY THE OTHER NAVY AND  OVERHAULED SERVICED GENERAL WATCH COMPANY MOVEMENT WITH 7 JEWELED ESCAPEMENT

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $975.00


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1915 WWI
**RE-ILLUMINATED
TRENCH WATCH

31 X 36

WITH

SHRAPNEL GUARD

AND

TRENCH WATCH STRAP

**
ORIGINAL RADIUM DIAL
RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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The GREAT WAR

World War I (W.W.I) or First World War (called at the time the Great War) was a major war centered on Europe that began in the summer of 1914. The fighting ended in November 1918. This conflict involved all of the world's great powers, assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (centered around the Triple Entente) and the Central Powers. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. More than 9 million combatants were killed, due largely to great technological advances in firepower without corresponding advances in mobility. It was the second deadliest conflict in Western history.

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AN ORIGINAL RADIUM DIAL
RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT
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TRENCH WARFARE

Trench warfare is where combatants occupy fighting lines consisting of fortified trenches. Trenches provided protection from small arms fire and, in most conditions, sheltered soldiers from artillery. Elaborate trenches and dugout systems were built by all sides and these were from assault by barbed wire. Though trenches were built to protect soldiers, life in the trench, with mud, rats, human waste and casualties, gas attacked and sustained artillery, was sheer hell. 

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ROCK IS WEARING IT TO FULLY TEST IT OVER THE FIRST WEEKEND
OF DECEMBER.WHEN  HE WILL ATTEND A MILITATY SHOW IN ATLANTA

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THE TRENCH WATCH

The Trench watch or wristlet was a type of watch that came into use by the military during World War I, as pocket watches were not practical in combat. The trench watch had to be rugged. Yet trench watches were actually pocket watch conversions, with most having a clam shell back and snap on bezel. The introduction of SHIELDS or SHRAPNEL GUARDS were introduced to protect the crystal of watches from damage due to life in a trench and not from artillery. It protected  the crystal from accidental breakage.

The first series of military wrist watches were produced in 1880 by Girard-Perregaux for the German Navy. During the GREAT WAR numerous companies produced wrist watches for the military and for direct sale to soldiers. Most of these watches were styled similarly.

They had white or black enamel dials, outlined contrasting color wide "RAILROAD" style numerals in a variety of luminance styles or simply black outlined. Some had an inner military time (13-24) ring and some had the number "12" painted or lumed. Many of these watches did not have their movements signed with the name of the manufacturer, though most were marked "Swiss".

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WWI ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE USE OF
RADIUM FOR  LUMINOUS TRENCH WATCHES

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ORIGINAL RADIUM DIAL

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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OTHER THAN A HAIRLINE
CONDITION OF DIAL IS EXCELLENT
WITH

ORIGINAL
BLACK OUTLINED RAILROAD NUMERALS
INNER RED MILITARY 24HR TIME
BLACK OUTER MINUTE SLASH CHAPTER RING
WITH BLACK RECTANGLE HOUR MARKS

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PATENTED CHROME PLATED SHRAPNEL GUARDS

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HERE WITH GUARD

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ORIGINAL RADIUM DIAL
RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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AT LEAST 12 HOURS
ARE REQUIRED
TO RESTORE
EACH STRAP

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NEW BUCKLE ARE PLACED ON STRAP
THEY ARE ACQUIRED FROM
MODERN STRAPS

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THERE A WOOD ROLLER
IS UTILIZED TO
"SMOKE" THE STRAP
IT GETS SO HOT
IT IS DIFFICULT TO HANDLE
THE LEATHER

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ABOVE IS AN ACTUAL PHOTO OF THE YEARS (1913/1914) THAT THIS WATCH WAS MADE
. IT SHOWS HUNDREDS OF $4.00 "ARMY" WRIST WATCHES AND 10 CENT KITCHENER MILITARY STRAPS.WOW.

THIS IS A BLOW TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT ONLY WATCHES ISSUED BY GOVERNMENTS ARE MILITARY WATCHES.

 

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THE STRAP IS WONDERFUL. A LITTLE 3500 RPM WITH OILS, WAXES AND
SOME NEATSFOOT TO TREATED THE LEATHER AND ROCK WORKS THE MAGIC. .

 


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A SHOT OF THE STRAP. IN THIS RAW PICTURE, WITH PAINT REMOVED FROM STRAP,
WE CAN SEE THR AGE OF THE LEATHER. IT IS PRETTY DECADES OLD. BUT ROCK WORKED MAGIC TO RESTORE IT!


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WITH A US NAVY INSIGNIA AND US ARMY CAP EAGLE. THIS NAVY INSIGNIA HAS THE GOLD
PLATED ANCHOR WITH CHAIN AND USN IMPOSED ON TOP. NOTE THE CRACKS ARE GONE. THIS LEATHER IS NOW SMOOTH AS NEAR NEW

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HERE WE HAVE THE EAGLE OFFICER CAP BADGE- THE MOST RECOGNIZED INSIGNIA OF THEM ALL. THIS WAS SILVER PLATED. 
THE EAGLE WOULD HAVE BEEN BRASS WITH GOLD PLATE /COLOR AND MOUNTED WITH A GOLD COLORED BRASS DISC. IT HAS
THE SCREW BOLT, THE TRIANGULAR PIN THAT HOLDS IT STRAIGHT WHEN MOUNTED ON CAP, AND THE DISC.

 

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THE UNDERSIDE SHOWS THE CAP BOLT WITH THREADED DISC. THE EAGLE IS   NORMALLY PUSHED THROUGH A CAP DISC AND INT
O THE HAT WHERE THE ROUND THREADED DISC WOULD SCREW OVER THE BOLT AND HOLD IT -. JUST AS IT IS HOLDING IT TO THIS
LEATHER STRAP. NOTE THE NEW ALUMINUM  HOLD-DOWN FOR MOUNTING THE WATCH.

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RE-SOLDERED PINS FOR THE NAVY INSIGNIA AND   THE EAGLE HAS THE THREADED DISC

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THESE BADGES WERE ALREADY "BENT" OR "FITTED" BY TIME. THEY ARE CURVED.
IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS FROM WEARING RATHER THAN ACCOMPLISHED WHEN
PLACED ON THE STRAP. YOU CANNOT SEE THE WEAR CREASES BECAUSE  THE BADGES.  WERE RE-FINISHED

 

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HERE YOU CAN SEE THE DETAIL IS WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT.

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THE DIAL IS ORIGINAL PORCELAIN
OUT SIDE OF A HAIRLINE IT IS AWESOME


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SORIGINAL CROWN IN FANTASTIC CONDITION

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WIRE LUGS ARE FACTORY
WITH DRILL THROUGHS
HINGED CASE BACK CLOSES TIGHT

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THE INTERIOR HAS A HOST OF SERVICE/REPAIR MARKS
THE EARLIEST IS 1918

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THE RED 24 HR IS IN CENTER OF DIAL

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NOTE THE ALUMINUM METAL STAY
MADE FROM THE TOP PART OF A SAFETY RAZOR

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SIGNED

THIS TRENCH WATCH HAS A
OVERHAULED SERVICED
GENERAL WATCH COMPANY
MOVEMENT
WITH
7 JEWELED ESCAPEMENT


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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT TO FINE- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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