|Date/Report Number ...111010.612GS60.20 Item: VINTAGE 1914 /15 STERLING SILVER GEORGE STOCKWELL SWISS PIN SET MILITARY CONVERSION TRENCH WRIST WATCH|
|Description of item: VINTAGE 1914
/15 STERLING SILVER GEORGE STOCKWELL SWISS PIN SET MILITARY CONVERSION
TRENCH WRIST WATCH WITH BLACK DIAL THAT HAS RAISED WHITE WITH GOLD OUTLINE
LUMINOUS NUMERALS, GOLD 13-24 MILITARY NUMERALS AND SUB-SECOND REGISTER AT
THE 6:OO HOUR. HOUR AND MINUTE HANDS ARE SILVER AND LUMINOUS AND THE SECONDS
HAND IS BLACK. MOVEMENT IS A PIN SET JEWELED SWISS MADE MANUAL WIND.
WATCH CASE IS 925 STERLING SILVER WITH GOLD PLATED BEZEL AND HAS A NICKEL
PLATED SHRAPNEL GUARD AND BUBBLE LINED CROWN. THE HINGED CASE BACK IS SIGNED
ON THE OUTSIDE: l IEUT H. SEALY, AH WX, RE 21 SEPT 1914 AND THE INSIDE HAS
THE 925 HALL MARK, GEORGE STOCKWELL HALL MARK "GS", THE INVERTED OMEGA ON A
CROSSED OVAL HALL MARK AND THE "U" DATE STAMP HALL MARK. CASE MEASURES
WITHOUT THE CROWN AND GUARD 33 MM AND 41 MM LUG TO LUG. ATTACHED TO THE
WATCH IS A ANTIQUE GREEN LEATHER STRAP WITH ORIGINAL BRASS BUCKLE
Estimated Retail Replacement Value $ 1250. 00
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In "A concise guide to Military Timepieces 1880-1990", Wesolowski remarks that:
"Probably as a result of popular demand, the War Department procured a variety of
wristlets for evaluation and issue... All the wristlets had
black enamel dials and radium numerals and hands ...
To protect the delicate glass crystal of the wristwatch, many manufacturers offered shrapnel guards made of pierced metal ... These slipped onto the wrist strap, and the piercing allowed the wearer to read the time through the holes....
Normally the crown winds the spring as usual , but when the pin or nail just below the crown is pressed in, the crown
then moves the hands.
In addition to the fixed
wire lugs,, the dial has " railway" style outline numerals,
intended to take luminous paint and the hands are
"cathedral" style, like a leaded stained glass window,
alternatively referred to as "poire - squelette" (pronounce "
there is a subsidiary
second hand at 6 o'clock;
and finally a large onion winding crown
From ebay's Marks on Vintage Watch Cases
GS is the mark of George Stockwell, described in Culme’s "Directory of Gold & Silversmiths...etc." as an "importer of foreign watches". Culme also provides some details of Stockwell’s firm, Stockwell & Co Ltd, who were listed in Birmingham in 1912 as ’agents to Messageries Nationales Express and Messageries Anglo-Suisse, continental, foreign and general shipping gents, special tariff for small consignments abroad". The picture below shows Stockwell's mark on a watch with a London import mark (the inverted Omega on a crossed oval cartouche (the oval signifying silver as opposed to a rectangular cartouche for gold) a .925 mark showing the purity as "Sterling") and 1915 "u" date stamp.