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Date/Report Number …..120612.FJH09HY.04 Item:   WWI 1914/15 MILITARY TRENCH WATCH .
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Description of item: VINTAGE WWI 1914/15 MILITARY TRENCH WATCH .925 SILVER HALLMARKED LONDON - IMPORT - DATE COMPOSITION WITH THREE FINGER BRIDGE 15 JEWEL MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT AND CUSTOM FITTED VINTAGE WWI SHRAPNEL GUARD CASE IS 34.4 MM ACROSS W/OUT CROWN 47.9 MM LUG TO LUG WITH NEW NATO G-18 LEATHER STRAP WITH KEEPERS 6.5 TO 9"

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $1175.00


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READY TO WEAR
SERVICED
RESTORED
OVERHAULED

WWI
1914/15
MILITARY
TRENCH WATCH
.925 SILVER
HALLMARKED
LONDON - IMPORT - DATE
COMPOSITION

WITH

THREE FINGER
BRIDGE
15 JEWEL
MANUAL WIND
MOVEMENT

AND

CUSTOM FITTED
VINTAGE WWI
SHRAPNEL GUARD

CASE IS
34.4 MM ACROSS
W/OUT CROWN
47.9 MM LUG TO LUG

WITH

NEW
NATO G-18 LEATHER STRAP
WITH KEEPERS

6.5 TO 9"


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THE ABOVE ADD DEMONSTRATES THAT MILITARY
WATCHES WERE MADE AND SOLD DIRECTLY TO TROOPS
ALSO THE USE OF RADIUM HAD COME OF AGE

 WWI

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 many trench watches were actually pocket watch conversions, with most having a clam shell back and snap on bezel. 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.

 

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THE ABOVE PICTURE IS FROM 1914. IT SHOWS THE SALE OF ARMY TRENCH WRIST WATCHES AND KICHENER LEATHER MILITARY STRAPS. IT IS PHOTOS LIKE THIS ONE THAT DEMONSTRATE THAT MORE MILITARY DESIGNED WATCHES WERE MADE AND SOLD DIRECTLY TO CIVILLIAN AND MILITARY PERSONAL THAN THOSE ISSUED BY THE GOVERMENT.

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THE ABOVE 1942 ADVERT FOR GRUEN SHOWS EIGHT
SPECIFIC MODELS FOR EIGHT SPECIFIC BRANCHES OF
THE US ARMED/DEFENSE FORCES .


MILITARY WATCH OR NOT
THERE WERE LITERALLY MILLIONS OF SOLDIERS DURING WWI AND WWII. ONLY A FRACTION WERE PROVIDED WITH MILITARY ISSUE WATCHES. THE WATCH INDUSTRY TOOK NOTICE OF THIS FACT AND PRODUCIED AND MARKETED MILITARY DESIGNED WATCHES DIRECTLY TO TROOPS.


MILITARY DESIGN
THE TEN YEAR PERIOD BETWEEN 1938 AND 1948 SAW THE UNIQUE STYLE OF MILITARY WATCHES SWEEP THE GLOBE. THE DEIGNS INCLUDED 29 TO 34 MM CASES, SCREW ON BACKS THAT AFFORDED SOME WATER PROTECTION, SHOCK ABSORBERS IN 15 AND 17 JEWELED MOVEMENTS. THE DIALS WERE ALSO REVAMPED TO WHITE OR BLACK WITH, IN SOME CASES, TWO TONE COLORS. THEY HAD OUTLINED RAISED RADIUM NUMBERS AND MOST HAD SWEEP SECONDS WITH OUTER CHAPTER RINGS AND LUMED HANDS AND IN MANY MODELS A RED OR CONTRASTING COLOR SWEEP SECOND HAND.

 

 

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SERIOUS BUFFING AT HIGH HEAT & PRESSURE IS REQUIRED TO RESTORE
WATCH  CASES. THIS RIGOROUS PROCESS INCLUDES THE USE OF SEVERAL TYPES OF
ROUGE . ONE HAS TO "FEEL" THE PIECE TO GET IT RIGHT. THAT MEANS USING MY HANDS. WHEN YOU COMBINE THE EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND THE ROUGE,
THE DEPOSITS ON MY HANDS ARE SEMI-PERMANENT.  IT TAKES DAYS TO GET THE ROUGE OUT OF MY HANDS. SO, IF THE PICS OF MY HANDS LOOK "DIRTY", KNOW IT IS DUE TO THE MY HANDS ABSORBING WHAT YOU DO NOT WANT ON YOUR AWESOME RESTORED TIME PIECE!  HAVE A GREAT DAY!.

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NOTE: IF YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE A WIRE LUG STRAP LET US KNOW.

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THIS OFFER IS FOR ONE
WORLD WAR ONE
TRENCH WATCH
WITH
ILLUMINATED
  PORCELAIN DIAL
WITH

BLACK  OUTLINED
LUME FILLED RAILROAD STYLE
NUMERALS
BLACK OUTLINED
RED 12
RED 24 HOUR TIME

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

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FANTASTIC!

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NOTE: THE WIRE LUG STRAP IS NO
LONGER PART OF THIS OFFER.
WE HAVE CHANGED IT TO A
LEATHER G-18 NATO STRAP.

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DIAL HAS
BUTLER STYLE OUTSIDE CHAPTER
WITH
DIAMOND MARKERS
AT
6 9 2 3

LIGHT YELLOW
DOUBLE SUNK DIAL

NOTE: THE WIRE LUG STRAP IS NO
LONGER PART OF THIS OFFER.
WE HAVE CHANGED IT TO A
LEATHER G-18 NATO STRAP.

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SUB SECONDS REGISTER
WITH
10 20 30 40 50 60

ILLUMINATED
BLACK STEEL
CATHEDRAL
RADIUM HANDS

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

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SOLID
3 PIECE
STERLING SILVER
CASE
WITH
SNAP BEZEL
TOP
&
HINGED
CASE BACK

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LUGS ARE
HEAVY DUTY
SOLID
STERLING SILVER

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ONION CROWN

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ORIGINAL
LONDON IMPORT HALLMARK
0.925 HALLMARK
"t" 1914/15 DATE HALLMARK


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HINGED CASE

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THIS AMAZING
WWI TRENCH WATCH
IS IN EXCELLENT
RESTORED CONDITION

AND
IS A LARGE
34 MM


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AN EXCELLENT
WEARABLE INVESTMENT


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NOTE: THE WIRE LUG STRAP IS NO
LONGER PART OF THIS OFFER.
WE HAVE CHANGED IT TO A
LEATHER G-18 NATO STRAP.

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WHAT A LOOKER
I HAVE A HALF DOZEN
CRYSTAL GUARDS
BUT THEY ONLY FIT
WITH
LEATHER CUFF STYLE STRAPS

IF YOU WOULD RATHER
HAVE THIS WITH A
CRYSTAL SHRAPNEL GUARD
LET ROCK KNOW/

ROCK MADE THE SHRAPNEL GUARD FIT

NOTE: THE WIRE LUG STRAP IS NO
LONGER PART OF THIS OFFER.
WE HAVE CHANGED IT TO A
LEATHER G-18 NATO STRAP.


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NOTE: THE WIRE LUG STRAP IS NO
LONGER PART OF THIS OFFER.
WE HAVE CHANGED IT TO A
LEATHER G-18 NATO STRAP.


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EVEN UNDER HALOGEN LIGHTING
IT IS WONDERFUL

NOTE: THE WIRE LUG STRAP IS NO
LONGER PART OF THIS OFFER.
WE HAVE CHANGED IT TO A
LEATHER G-18 NATO STRAP.


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THIS IS NOT A
POCKET WATCH CONVERSION
THIS BEAUTY WAS MADE
AS A
MILITARY TRENCH WATCH


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NOTE: THE WIRE LUG STRAP IS NO
LONGER PART OF THIS OFFER.
WE HAVE CHANGED IT TO A
LEATHER G-18 NATO STRAP.

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ZODIAC NOT INCLUDED

THAT IS ROCKS
1969
HACKING AUTOMATIC ZODIAC
BROAD ARROW PROTOTYPE
FOR THE BRITISH ARMY
ON LEFT

SORRY FOR THE BLURRIES

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


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YOU CAN SEE THE ZODIAC ON LEFT
THE BROAD ARROW IS PERFECT
THE LARGE DIVE STYLE HANDS GO OVER THE ARROW
THIS WATCH IS IN THE JAPANESE MILITARY WATCH BOOK.

NOTE: THE WIRE LUG STRAP IS NO
LONGER PART OF THIS OFFER.
WE HAVE CHANGED IT TO A
LEATHER G-18 NATO STRAP.

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SILVER PURITY STAMP TOP LEFT
IS .925

THE LONDON IMPORT MARK IS THE INVERTED OMEGA
ON A CROSSED OVAL CARTOUCH TOP RIGHT

THE DATE LETTER IS IN CENTER
t
1914/1915

THE CARTOUCH AT BOTTOM IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME

THEN SERIAL
208484

 

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SILVER PURITY STAMP TOP LEFT
IS .925

THE LONDON IMPORT MARK IS THE INVERTED OMEGA
ON A CROSSED OVAL CARTOUCH TOP RIGHT

THE DATE LETTER IS IN CENTER
t
1914/1915

THE CARTOUCH AT BOTTOM IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME

THEN SERIAL
208484

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HANDS RE-LUMED

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

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1910-1915
SWISS MADE
EARLY
THREE FINGER BRIDGE
15 JEWEL
Stem Wind & Set
Sub Second
15 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
PowerReserve 33h

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ROCK DECIDED TO CUSTOMIZE THE SHRAPNEL GUARD
THAT ORIGINALLY WAS FOR THIS TRENCH WATCH
IT HAD TWO LUGS THAT FIT 14MM STRAP
ROCK HAD TO MAKE IT FIT THE MODERN STRAP

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HERE ROCK IS ADDING LOCK DOWN

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YOU CAN SEE THE LUG ABOVE
AND
THE SOLID SILVER EXTENSIONS

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THEY ARE SOLDERED TO THE
ORIGINAL SHRAPNEL GUARD

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READY FOR POLISHING

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LOOKING GREAT

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POLISHED

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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