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Date/Report Number …..011313.FN21HY.04 Item1917 MARVIN MONTAUK MILITARY OFFICERS TRENCH WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1917 MARVIN MONTAUK MILITARY OFFICERS TRENCH WATCH 35 X 42 W/O CROWN WITH FAMOUS HALLMARK RED 24 HOUR RAISED ILLUMINATION PORCELAIN DIAL AND JOSEPH FAHYS & CO MONTAUK STERLING SILVER CASE WITH MONTAUK A.CATTLIN IMPERIAL JEWELED ADJUSTABLE TRENCH MOVEMENTS

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $1295.00


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MESSAGE TO A 1916 ANNUAL MEETING OF
CLOCK WATCH AND JEWELRY WHOLESALERS

"The public is buying the practical things of life. Nobody can truthfully contend that the watch is a luxury. In these days the watch is as necessary as a hat - more so, in fact. One can catch trains and keep appointments without a hat, but not without a watch. It is said that one soldier in every four wears a wristlet watch, and the other three mean to get one as soon as they can. Wristlet watches are not luxuries; wedding-rings are not luxuries. These are the two items jewelers have been selling in the greatest quantities for many months past."

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1917
MARVIN
MONTAUK
MILITARY OFFICERS
TRENCH WATCH

35 X 42
W/O CROWN

WITH

FAMOUS
HALLMARK
RED 24 HOUR
RAISED
ILLUMINATION
PORCELAIN DIAL

AND

JOSEPH FAHYS & CO
MONTAUK
STERLING SILVER
CASE

WITH

MONTAUK A.CATTLIN IMPERIAL
JEWELED
ADJUSTABLE
TRENCH MOVEMENTS


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THE EARLY
WATCH
CASE MOVEMENT DIAL

BEFORE 1920,  MOST BRAND NAMES EITHER BUILT COMPLETE IN HOUSE MOVEMENTS OR PURCHASED EBAUCHES [ INCOMPLETE MOVEMENTS IN THE ROUGH MINUS THE DRIVE TRAIN] , AND FINISHED THEM, THEN SOLD THEM TO JEWELERS.

ONLY A FEW AMERICAN WATCH MANUFACTURING COMPANIES ACTUALLY CASED THEIR WATCHES IN THE FACTORY. THE AVERAGE PERSON WHO DESIRED A WATCH WOULD EITHER SELECT A MOVEMENT AND CASE FROM A MAIL ORDER CATALOG - SEARS- MONTGOMERY WARD.- ROEBUCK & CO, OR GO TO THEIR LOCAL JEWELER TO PICK OUT A MOVEMENT AND A CASE  AND THE JEWELER WOULD ASSEMBLE THEM.

THIS IS THE REASON WE FIND TOP END MOVEMENTS IN 2 TIER CASES, OR TOP END CASES WITH 3 TIER MOVEMENTS.

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JOSEPH FAHYS & CO
[WATCH CASE]

JOSEPH FAHYS CAME TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1848. IN 1857 HE OPENED A SHOP IN NEW YORK CITY AND EXPANDED BY OPENING FOUTENBACH & SONS, A WATCH CASE FACTORY 1878  IN CARLSTADT, NJ. IN 1882,  JOSEPH FAHYS MOVED OPERATIONS TO SAG HARBOR, NY. THE DEPRESSION WOULD BE THE DEATH BLOW TO MANY COMPANIES, INCLUDING JOSEPH FAHYS & CO. FAHYS MADE GOLD-FILLED, SILVER AND NICKEL CASES FROM THE 1880'S.

MONTAUK

MONTAUK WAS A TRADE NAME OF JOSEPH FAHYS & CO. ORIGINALLY IT DENOTED A JOSEPH FAHYS & CO GOLD FILLED CASE GUARANTEED 15 YEARS [UP TO 1889] AND 20 YEARS  AFTER . AS THE 20 CENTURY ARRIVED,  WITH THE HEIGHT OF PRODUCTION  DURING WWI, JOSEPH FAHYS & CO PRODUCED A SERIES OF SILVER TRENCH WATCH CASES THAT HOUSED MARVIN, A.CATTIN AND IMPERIAL BRANDED MOVEMENTS.

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MARVIN WATCH COMPANY
[WATCH MOVEMENT]

IN 1893 THE MARVIN BRAND WAS REGISTERED .
IN 1905 THE COMPANY ALTERS IT'S NAME TO  `Henri-Albert Didisheim, fabrique MARVIN´.
IN 1912 MARVIN BEGINS MANUFACTURING
IN 1917 MARVIN ALTERS NAME TO `Filsde Henri-Albert Didisheim, fabrique Marvin, MarvinWatches Co.´.
IN 1918 MARVIN BECOMES LARGEST MANUFACTURER IN La Chaux-de-Fonds.


IMPERIAL & BURAN

THE IMPERIAL WATCH CO FORMED IN 1875 IN LA CHAUX DE FONDS SWITZERLAND  AND THE NAME REGISTERED IN 1890. THE FIRST BRANDED IMPERIAL TRENCH WATCH MOVEMENTS WERE MADE BY MARVIN.

THE IMPERIAL WATCH CO EVENTUALLY DEVELOPS TIES TO THE ***BURAN WATCH COMPANY / BURAN UTILIZES IMPERIAL AS BRAND?

***[1899 to 1932, Buren was the Swiss factory of H. Williamson, Ltd, an English company].

HALLMARK
[DIAL]

THE NAME HALLMARK WAS REGISTERED TO "LOUIS AISENSTEIN & BROS.", A WATCH IMPORTER IN NEW YORK IN 1915. DURING THE GREAT WAR, HALLMARK WOULD SELL  FAHYS  MONTAUK TRENCH WATCHES WITH IMPORTED SWISS MOVEMENTS SIGNED MARVIN, IMPERIAL, OR A.CATTIN.

THOUGH SOME OF THESE TRENCH WRISTLETS HAD MONTAUK OR IMPERIAL SIGNED DIALS, MOST WERE BRANDED WITH THE "HALLMARK" TRADEMARK AS DEMONSTRATED ON THIS MODEL OFFERED.

HALLMARK WOULD CONTINUE TO SELL IMPORTED AND   LOCALLY PRODUCED WATCHES AND EVENTUALLY OPENED A SALES OFFICE IN CHICAGO ILLINOIS TO SELL THEM THROUGH A DIRECT SALES PROGRAM LIKE SEARS AND OTHER DIRECT CATALOG SALES COMPANIES IN CHICAGO..

HALLMARK PURCHASES OF THE RIGHT TO THE NAME
"WALTHAM WATCH COMPANY"

IN 1957, WALTHAM, IN THE MIDDLE OF FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY, OPENED AN OFFICE IN NEW YORK TO IMPORT SWISS MOVEMENTS AT A LOWER COST THAN MAKING THEM IN THE US.

WHEN WALTHAM SOUGHT CAPITOL TO RESTRUCTURE THEIR DEBT, THE RESTRUCTURING FINANCE COMPANY, IN EFFORT TO PROTECT THEIR INVESTMENT,  FORBID WALTHAM FROM SELLING WATCHES WITH IMPORTED MOVEMENTS. 

WALTHAM WOULD PROFIT FROM THESE IMPORTED MOVEMENTS BY SLIGHT OF HAND.. OR RATHER..SLIGHT OF  NAME. WHEN THEY "SOLD" HALLMARK WATCH COMPANY THE RIGHTS TO THE NAME "WALTHAM WATCH COMPANY", ALONG WITH CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS.    HALLMARK WOULD SELL WALTHAM WATCHES WITH SWISS MOVEMENTS THROUGH DIRECT SALES.



NEW CATTIN LOGO FOR NEW CATTIN
PRIVATE LABEL WATCH COMPANY

MARVIN/CATTIN

*IN ADDITION TO IMPERIAL MOVEMENT BRANDING ON MARVIN TRENCH WATCHES,  CATTIN SIGNED MOVEMENTS WERE ALSO UTILIZED. IT SEEMS MARVIN HAD A DEAL IN 1916 - 1917 WITH IMPERIAL & A.CATTIN TO PRODUCE SIMILAR "AS" EBAUCHE BASED  TRENCH MOVEMENTS. THEY ALL HAVE THE SAME BASE AND WERE CASED THE SAME, ONLY JEWEL COUNT, GILDING AND/OR ADJUSTMENT VARIED.

OBVIOUSLY A.CATTIN PRODUCED MOVEMENTS BEFORE THE MORTIMA/CATTIN + CIE SA.

AN ORIGINAL A.CATTIN WATCH COMPANY/BRANDED POCKET WATCH DATES TO 1895 AND IS BELIEVED TO BE FROM LA CHAUX DE FONDS SWITZERLAND.

THE FIRST A.CATLIN BRANDED TRENCH WATCH MOVEMENTS WERE FOUND IN US MADE FAHYS CASES. .


 

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THE ABOVE PICTURE IS FROM 1914 AND SHOWS AN IMMENSE AMOUNT OF ARMY [TRENCH] WRIST WATCHES AND KICHENER LEATHER MILITARY STRAPS SOLD DIRECTLY TO THE CIVILIAN MARKET. ANOTHER FACT OF PROOF THAT MORE MILITARY WATCHES ARE PURCHASED DIRECT RATHER THAN GOV SUPPLIED.

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WWI AND THE ADVENT OF THE WRIST WATCH

WHILE THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL TIMING DEVICES FOR MILITARY OFFENSE FROM 1875 TO 1960 WERE POCKET TIMERS/CHRONO UTILIZED ON SHIPS, IN SUBMARINES AND AIRPLANES, IT WAS THE ARTILLERY BATTERIES THAT COULD NOT FUNCTION WITHOUT A TIMER OR POCKET CHRONO, ESPECIALLY IN BOTH WORLD WARS.

 

SUCCESS IN OFFENSE AND DEFENSE WOULD EVENTUALLY BE FIRMLY GROUNDED IN TIMING DEVICES AND WWI WOULD ESTABLISH A NEW MODERN PRIORITY OF "TIME":

THE WRISTLET OR WRIST WATCH

WWI WOULD ALSO STAMP AN INCREDIBLE RECORD FOR MODERN TIME TECHNOLOGY:

1 IN 4 SOLDIERS HAD A WRISTLET/WRIST WATCH ON THEIR WRIST! THE FACT WAS, WHEN TROOPS WERE ON THE MOVE, IT WAS EASIER TO GLANCE AT THE WRIST THAN FUMBLE A POCKET WATCH INTO VIEW!

IN WWI NOT JUST THE OFFICER AND/OR NON-COM NEEDED WHAT WAS AN EXPENSIVE ITEM THAT MOST  HAD TO INVEST THEIR OWN MONEY IN- EVEN TO THE INDIVIDUAL PRIVATE, A WRIST WATCH COULD - AND IN MANY CASES DID -  MEAN SURVIVAL

 

IT WAS DUE TO THE 1916 WWI ADVANCEMENT OF ARMS, TACTICS AND THE VERY STYLE OF  TRENCH WARFARE . BOTH SIDES DEVELOPED WHAT COULD BE CALLED "THE CREEPING ARTILLERY OFFENSIVE" .

THE OFFENSIVE WOULD BEGIN WITH A BARRAGE OF ARTILLERY THAT WAS DIRECTED AHEAD OF THE ADVANCING FORCE. AS THE FORCE MOVED FORWARD, SO DID THE SHELLING.

THUS A "WALKING" OR "CREEPING" BARRAGE WITH SOLDIERS FOLLOWING. SCARY TO SAY THE LEAST. EACH BARRAGE WOULD STRIKE AHEAD OF THE ADVANCE IN A STRATEGY THAT  REQUIRED PRECISE TIMING BY BOTH THE ARTILLERY AND THE INFANTRY

IN THE 1916 BATTLE OF THE SOMME, THE ADVANCING BRITISH LEANED INTO THIS WALKING BARRAGE SO AS NOT TO ALLOW THE GERMAN DEFENDERS TO EMERGE FROM THEIR DUGOUTS.

BUT, EVEN WITH THE WALKING BARRAGE, TIMERS AND WRISTWATCHES,   CASUALTIES AMONG THE BRITISH ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE SOMME BATTLE WERE 60,000 KILLED AND WOUNDED.

 

IT WAS THIS WAR, THIS STYLE OF FIGHTING, THIS MAJOR ADVANCEMENT IN EXPLOSIVES, ARTILLERY, DEATH AND MAIMING, AND, MOST OF ALL, THE ADVANCEMENT OF ARTILLERY TIMERS FROM COMPANIES LIKE GALLET, THAT WOULD ENABLE THE WRISLET --WHICH MEN HAD SHUNNED LIKE PLAGUE -- TO BECOME THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER TECHNOLOGY BOTH IN THE CIVILIAN AND MILITARY WORLDS AS WELL AS IT'S USE IN EVERY WAR AND MILITARY ENGAGEMENT FOR EVER MORE.

 IT IS TERRIBLE TO STATE, BUT THE FACT IS WWI MADE THE WRISTWATCH A HOUSEHOLD NAME

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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.

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. 

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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ORIGINAL
WHITE PORCELAIN
SIGNED
HALLMARK
[LOGO]


FEATURES
BLACK BUTLER SECONDS RING
BLACK OUTLINED NUMERALS
WITH
RAISED ILLUMINATION

RED 24 HOUR RING

BLACK SUB SECONDS REGISTER
WITH
NUMERALS IN 10 SECONDS
WITH
BUTLERS CHAPTER

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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note
WE DISCOVERED PROPER TAILED SUB-SECONDS HAND &
INSTALLED IT. THE RED POINTER FITS PERFECT TO OUTER
MARKED CHAPTER RING AND NOT OVER AS THE ALL RED
HAND DOES.

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STEEL CATHEDRAL HANDS
AND

RED & BLACK TAILED
SUB-SECONDS HAND

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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note
WE DISCOVERED PROPER TAILED SUB-SECONDS HAND &
INSTALLED IT. THE RED POINTER FITS PERFECT TO OUTER
MARKED CHAPTER RING AND NOT OVER AS THE ALL RED
HAND DOES.


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WE ALSO DISCOVERED A BETTER FITTING CROWN

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ALL SOLID
STERLING SILVER CASE

35 X 42
W/O CROWN

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SNAP ON SILVER BEZEL
WITH
NEW CRYSTAL

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WE ALSO DISCOVERED A BETTER FITTING CROWN

 

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SILVER SNAP BACK CASE BACK

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AWESOME
WITH
LARGE
SILVER WIRE LUGS

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BRASS ONION CROWN

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WE ALSO DISCOVERED A BETTER FITTING ONION CROWN


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CASE IS SOLID
I KNOW I STATED THAT ALREADY
BUT IT IS NOT LIKE MANY OF THE PERIOD
OF THE CASES I WORK ON

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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova
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note
WE DISCOVERED PROPER TAILED SUB-SECONDS HAND &
INSTALLED IT. THE RED POINTER FITS PERFECT TO OUTER
MARKED CHAPTER RING AND NOT OVER AS THE ALL RED
HAND DOES.
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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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THE FOLLOWING ARE GSW GSWW ARCHIVAL
PICTURES OF ROCK RESTORING A
TRENCH STRAP. THE SAME WAY
THE STRAP IN THIS OFFER WAS RESTORED

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ROCK IS APPLYING
OIL AND A LAYER OF POLISH

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ROCK IS STRETCHING
THE OLD LEATHER

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ROCK IS  BUFFING THE OILED STRAP
EMBEDDING THROUGH HEAT & PRESSURE
AT 3600 RPM THE OILS AND WAXES
DEEP INTO THE STRAP LEATHER

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MORE OF THE SAME..

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THIS HOW ROCK RESTORES
ANTIQUE LEATHER STRAPS


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RATHER THAN ADDING
A SHRAPNEL GUARD
AND
STRAIGHT  TRENCH STRAP
I DECIDED TO UTILIZE
A VINTAGE LEATHER WIRE LUG STRAP

NOTE: BUCKLE IS NEW

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DUAL KEEPERS
NOTE THAT THE FINISH IS STUNNING
REVITALIZED
READY FOR YEARS OF USE

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METAL PUSH-OVERS
SO YOU CAN REMOVE IF YOU NEED TO

SOME OFFERS HAVE RIVETED STRAPS!!

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ONE OF MY BEST RESTORATIONS

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HERE I AM TESTING THE MOVEMENT
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note
WE DISCOVERED PROPER TAILED SUB-SECONDS HAND &
INSTALLED IT. THE RED POINTER FITS PERFECT TO OUTER
MARKED CHAPTER RING AND NOT OVER AS THE ALL RED
HAND DOES.

 

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FAHYS
STERLING
PATENT
PENDING
10180033

 

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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