|Date/Report Number ..110111.GS-ET Item: 1917 - 1918 STERLING SILVER GEORGE STOCKWELL TRENCH WATCH WITH MANUAL WINDING 15 JEWEL MOVEMENT WITH RESTORED VINTAGE LEATHER MILITARY STRAP|
|Description of item: VINTAGE
MAY 1917 - MAY 1918 STERLING SILVER GEORGE STOCKWELL TRENCH WATCH WITH MANUAL WINDING 15
JEWEL MOVEMENT WITH RESTORED VINTAGE LEATHER MILITARY STRAP CONDITION
WATCH IS FINE
Estimated Retail Replacement Value $ 899.00
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ALL STERLING SILVER
George Stockwell's company Stockwell & Co were first recorded in June 1907 as importers of silver and Assay Agents at 16/18 Finsbury Street, London.
In 1912, George Stockwell was listed as an importer of foreign watches. Stockwell & Co Ltd of Birmingham were agents to Messageries Nationales Express and Messageries Anglo-Suisse.
Stockwell & Co Ltd did not manufacture watches or cases, they imported them from a number of different Swiss manufacturers.
The GS mark, London import mark of an inverted Omega on a
crossed oval cartouche, a .925 silver purity mark and 1915 "u" date
stamp are proof that this is a GEORGE STOCKWELL 1915 sterling silver trench watch.
THE WATCH IN THIS OFFER HAS A "b" INSTEAD OF A "u". proof that this is a GEORGE STOCKWELL 1917/1918 sterling silver trench watch.
NOTE: IT IS SAID THAT WYLER BEGAN HIS COMPANY IN THE 1920'S, YET WE HAVE WORKED ON THREE TRENCH WATCHES WITH WYLER MOVVEMENTS THAT DATE FROM 1917 PRIOR TO THIS ONE.
Wyler presented its first 16 and 19-line precision movements to the public in 1923. The particularity of these was the Incaflex balance wheel, which was legendary at the time.
The Wyler Incaflex balance wheel is protected along
its diameter by two curved, elastic arms, which absorb any shocks to the balance wheel. In
addition to producing his own calibres, Wyler also modified movements of other large-scale
producers and sold these on to other watch companies. In some cases, the basic calibre was
changed so much that the movements should actually be considered as Wyler calibres.
In 1934, Wyler was the official watch of Italy's World Cup winning team.
In 1937 the company caused a stir by launching a water-resistant watch that was not fitted with the conventional soft gaskets. The mineral glass was pressed in between the edge of the case and a pressed or screwed bezel, the gap between the winding shaft and the watch case was sealed hydraulically by fitting the winding shaft and bushing together, in the same material, to 1/500mm.
Wyler gained worldwide notoriety with a spectacular marketing stunt in 1956, when two watches were dropped from the top of the Eiffel Tower and continued to function after the fall.
WHITE ENAMEL DIAL
THE FOLLOWING ARE GSW
PICTURES OF ROCK RESTORING A
TRENCH STRAP. THE SAME WAY
THE STRAP IN THIS OFFER WAS RESTORED
ROCK IS APPLYING
OIL AND A LAYER OF POLISH
ROCK IS STRETCHING
THE OLD LEATHER
ROCK IS BUFFING THE OILED STRAP
EMBEDDING THROUGH HEAT & PRESSURE
AT 3600 RPM THE OILS AND WAXES
DEEP INTO THE STRAP LEATHER
MORE OF THE SAME..
THIS HOW ROCK RESTORES
ANTIQUE LEATHER STRAPS
SIZE OF CASE
26.3 x 32.5
28.8 x 32.5
STRAP AND WATCH
CSTRAP WILL FIT
6" TO 8.5"
LONDON ASSAY SILVER STAMP
MAY 1917- MAY 1918
WHICH MAKES THIS
THE EARLIEST WYLER WATCH