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Date/Report Number …..022612.FLOIUJY.04 Item:1918 GEORGE STOCKWELL FRENCH LANCET TRENCH WATCH WITH JAPANESE TRENCH STRAP
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1917/1918 GEORGE STOCKWELL FRENCH LANCET TRENCH WATCH DOUBLE HINGED SILVER CASE MINTY PORCELAIN DIAL WIRE LUGS PIN-SET WITH OUTLINED RAILROAD NUMERALS & STEEL MILITARY HANDS & RED 24 HR MILITARY TIME RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF-Luminova AND ALPINA PRE-760 9 JEWEL PIN-SET MOVEMENT WITH SHRAPNEL GUARD WITH 1930-1940 JAPANESE LEATHER TRENCH WATCH STRAP

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $1659.00


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VINTAGE
1917/1918
GEORGE STOCKWELL
FRENCH
LANCET
TRENCH WATCH
DOUBLE HINGED
SILVER CASE
MINTY
PORCELAIN DIAL
WIRE LUGS
PIN-SET

WITH

OUTLINED
RAILROAD NUMERALS
&
STEEL MILITARY HANDS
&
RED 24 HR
MILITARY TIME

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

AND

ALPINA
PRE-760
9 JEWEL
PIN-SET MOVEMENT

WITH


SHRAPNEL GUARD

34 X 41 MM
WITH CRYSTAL GUARD CROWN
WITHOUT PIN SET OR CROWN

32 X 41 MM
WITH OUT CRYSTAL GUARD CROWN
WITH OUT PIN SET OR CROWN

WITH

GENUINE
VINTAGE ANTIQUE

1930-1940
JAPANESE
LEATHER
TRENCH WATCH STRAP


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THIS WATCH WAS VALUABLE
TO ITS PREVIOUS
OWNER/OWNERS
IMPORTED INTO BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND
COMPOSED OF PARTS FROM
FRANCE AND SWITZERLAND
WITH A
GERMAN ALPINA MOVEMENT
ATTACHED TO A
JAPANESE SEIKOSHA
WAR STRAP
AND
FOUND IN VIETNAM
[INDOCHINA]
IF IT COULD TALK
I WOULD SIT FOR 95 YEARS
JUST TO KNOW IT'S HISTORY

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GS George Stockwell

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,  .925 silver purity marks, "S" date mark & triangle Birmingham mark prove this is a GEORGE STOCKWELL sterling silver trench watch from 1917/18. 

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In "A concise guide to Military Timepieces 1880-1990", Wesolowski remarks that:

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....

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 " skelette");

There is a subsidiary second hand at 6 o'clock; and finally a large onion winding crown...

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WATCHES FROM WW1 AND WW11 WERE INTRODUCED TO THE VIET MINH AND THE JAPANESE AS WAR TROPIES. IT IS SAID THAT 160 000 PRISONERS
WERE TAKEN BETWEEN THE JAPANESE AND THE VIETNAMESE. MANY NEVER RETURNED. THIS TIME PIECE WAS PURCHASED IN VIETNAM 2010. THE STRAP IS JAPANESE ..................

Paratroops of the Légion Étrangère

1st Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment was born on 1 July 1948 and embarked on the "Shepherd" October 24 at Mers El-Kebir and arrived in Indochina on November 12 in Haiphong.

Though the regiment was stationed throughout the Indochina War theater, the main battles will take place in Tonkin (northern Vietnam).

On the 17 and 18 of September 1950, the battalion jumped at That Khe to rescue French forces in Cao Bang (Battle of RC4) and was almost destroyed during the fighting taking place around Khe Dong [2] and was dissolved on December 31. It

Its losses included 21 officers, 46 NCOs and 420 legionaries whose commanding officer was the battalion commander Segrétain. Only a few survivors managed to reach the French lines, including the captain Jeanpierre, who would later, in Algeria, become the commanding officer of the 1st REP.

1st BEP was recreated 18 March 1951 from the remainder of the original battalion, along with reinforcements from the 2nd BEP and North Africa. The BEP then comprised 3 companies (CCB, 1st and 2nd Company) and Cipla (company Indochinese Foreign Legion paratrooper company-4e). A third company will be incorporated in November 1

 

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On 1 September 1953 the 1st foreign company paratrooper heavy mortar (1st CEPML) was created from elements of the 1st and 2nd SEN. This unit was attached to the 1st BEP.



1st BEP was again annihilated on May 7, 1954 at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu: there were 316 killed at the end of fighting (not counting the prisoners who will not return from captivity).

(I will post a link to a web site you MUST READ about the atrocities of the Vietnamese against French Soldiers and civilians, including woman and children!) 

The 2nd REP remains the only foreign regiment of paratroopers.

The 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment (French: 1er Régiment Étranger de Parachutistes, 1er REP) was a Foreign Legion airborne unit of the French Army. It fought in the First Indochina War, Suez Crisis and Algerian War, but was disbanded after taking part in a putsch against the French government in 1961

 First Indochina War
*Battle of Route Coloniale 4
*Battle of Hoa Binh
*Operation Lorraine
*Battle of Na San
*Operation Castor
*Battle of Dien Bien Phu
Algerian War

 


During the First Indochina War (1946–54), the Legion saw its numbers swell due to the incorporation of Second World War veterans who couldn't adapt to civilian life. Even so, although the Legion distinguished itself, it also took a heavy toll during the war: constantly being deployed in operations, it even reached the point that whole units were annihilated in combat, in what was a traditional Legion battlefield. Units of the Legion were also involved in the defense of Dien Bien Phu and lost a large number of men in the battle.

The Battle of Route Coloniale 4 was a battle of the First Indochina War. The battle lasted from 30 September to 18 October 1950. The French won the first battle of the RC4 on 9 October 1947.

Route Coloniale 4 (RC4, also known as Highway 4) is a road in Vietnam, bordering the Chinese border from Hanoi to Cao Bang. It is famous for a French military disaster in 1950 in which several units of the French army, including some battalions of the Foreign Legion, were decimated by the Viet Minh and essentially ceased to exist as fighting units.

 During the French Indochina War (1945–1954), French forces attempted to re-establish colonial control of Vietnam, while nationalist forces led by Ho Chi Minh fought for independence.

Initially, the Vietnamese guerrilla forces, the Viet Minh, were unsuccessful in dealing with the better -trained and -equipped French forces. Their situation improved in 1949 after the Chinese Communist army of Mao Zedong defeated the Nationalist army led by Chiang Kai-Shek. This gave the communist Viet Minh a safe haven for organization and training, as well as an initially sympathetic ally to provide them with arms and logistical support.

Vo Nguyen Giap, the military leader of the Viet Minh, launched an offensive against the French in early 1950. From February to April, his operation Le Hong Phong I raged through the Red River Valley, largely giving the Viet Minh control of northwestern Tonkin, near the Chinese border. The area became a Viet Minh stronghold, except for the RC4 highway.

On 25 May, 2,500 Viet Minh troops overwhelmed the French fortress at Dong Khé, which lay at the strategic center of RC4, thus cutting the supply line between the French positions at Cao Bang and Lang Son. French parachutists retook Dong Khé on the evening of 27 May and a company of Legionnaires took charge of the fort.

 

 

On 16 September, five Viet Minh infantry and one heavy weapons battalions attacked Dong Khé. It was then garrisoned by some 300 French troops comprising the 5th and 6th companies of the 2nd battalion of the 3rd Regiment of the French Foreign Legion (3rd REI). On 18 September, the fort was overrun after bitter fighting, and only 12 survivors escaped to the nearby post at That Khé. 140 Legionnaires had been taken prisoner, the remainder being killed or missing in action.

That Khé was quickly reinforced by the Foreign Legion's 1st Parachute Battalion (1st BEP), which parachuted in on 17 September. The 1st BEP waited at That Khe while a force of French colonial troops, the Moroccan 1st and 11th Tabors, assembled at Lang Son. Designated Groupement Bayard the combined force comprised 3,500 men under the command of Colonel Le Page. The task force launched an intelligence raid, capturing prisoners who said a massive Viet Minh offensive was planned.

On 30 September, Groupement Bayard set out from That Khe, led by the 1 BEP. However, Giap had concentrated ten battalions around Dong Khé, reinforced by a complete artillery regiment, together with the remaining forces from Le Hong Phong I. The Viet Minh rebuffed the French forces, which were forced to pull back and wait for air support. Le Page renewed the attack on 2 October, pushing west to bypass Dong Khé as Viet Minh numbers were overwhelming.

Meanwhile Colonel Charton's group, led by the 3rd Battalion of 3rd REI, left Cao Bang on 1 October; contrary to orders he took with him his heavy equipment. The group's movement down RC4 was slowed by Viet Minh ambushes. After bitter fighting, they finally abandoned their heavy equipment and linked up with Groupement Bayard in the hills around Dong Khé on 5 October.

 

 

The French forces were driven into the Coc Xa gorge, where they were completely annihilated by 7 October. Martin Windrow notes that: Some 130 of the Legion parachute battalion out of the 500 that had jumped emerged from this breakthrough fight; they had only escaped by clambering down lianas shrouding a 75 ft cliff with their wounded tied on their backs.

In an attempt to support the embattled troops the 1er BEP Replacement Company (120 men) under Lieutenant Loth had been merged with 268 men from 3e BCCP (Bataillon Colonial de Commandos Parachutistes, Parachute Colonial Commando Battalion) under Captain Cazeaux and they were parachuted into That Khe on 8 October, but over the course of the next week destroyed as well.

Only 23 survivors of the 1st BEP, led by Captain Jeanpierre, managed to escape to French lines: it became the first French parachute battalion lost in combat, followed by the 3rd BCCP, of which only 14 soldiers returned unscathed.

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THIS OFFER IS FOR MORE
THAN ONE ITEM

1

STERLING DATE IMPORT
HALLMARKED
GEORGE STOCKWELL
DOUBLE HINGED
SILVER CASE


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WITH
MINTY ORIGINAL
WHITE PORCELAIN DIAL
SIGNED LANCET IN BLUE
BLACK SECONDS BUTLERS
CHAPTER RING
BLACK RE-LUMED
RAILRAOD 1 - 12 NUMERALS
&
RED 24 HOUR NUMERALS
WITH
RE-LUMED
CATHEDRAL HANDS
&
BRASS ONION CROWN
WITH
PIN-SET MOVEMENT

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2
GLASS CRYSTAL
WITH
SILVER PLATED SHRAPNEL
GUARD

3

RESTORED ANTIQUE
SEIKOSHA JAPANESE
1930-1940
LEATHER TRENCH STRAP
WITH CLEAR
JAPANESE STYLE STITCHING

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CASE W/O CROWN/GUARD/PIN
32 X 34 mm
WITH GUARD & WITHOUT
CROWN OR PIN-SET
34 X 41 mm

WATCH CASE IS
925
STERLING SILVER
WITH
925
STERLING SILVER
HINGED BACK
AND
925
STERLING SILVER
HINGED BEZEL
AND
ORIGINAL GLASS CRYSTAL

 

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NOTICE THE LARGE ONION CROWN
YOU DO NOT PULL IT OUT
IT WINDS THE MOVEMENT

WHEN YOU PUSH THE BRASS PIN IN
WHILE
TURING THE CROWN
THIS SETS THE HANDS 

 

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PATENTED PLATED SHRAPNEL GUARDS

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THE TAG TO LEFT IS FOR A NATO NYLON STRAP
AND NOT THIS STRAP

THE TOTALLY RESTORED ANTIQUE
HEAVY DUTY
SEIKOSHA JAPANESE
WARTIME  LEATHER STRAP
DATED
1930-1940
WITH
TRIANGLE STITCHING STAYS
IN MINTY CONDITION
SIZE

END TO END
9.5
FITS UP TO
SIZE EIGHT
[8]

POSSIBLY

8.5 


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CONSTRUCTION
IS HEAVY DUTY & AWESOME

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NOTICE THE
JAPANESE TRIANGULAR
WATCH STRAP
STITCHING
AT STAYS & BUCKLE
AND
WATCH TIE DOWN

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BACK SIDE SHOWS
SAME STITCHING

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THIS CLOSE UP
OF THE
COTTON & SILK
STITCHES
NOTICE THE DOUBLE
END STITCHING

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EXCELLENT CONDITION!
WORTH 275.00

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BUCKLE DOWN
WITH SMALL GO-THROUGH
JUST LIKE THE
JAPANESE
SEIKOSHA MILITARY STRAPS

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"V" STITCHING
SHOWS UNDERSIDE
NOTICE HEAVY DUTY
KEEPER STITCHES

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EXCELLENT AWESOME STUNNING MAGNIFICENT
JAPANESE WAR TIME TRENCH & PC CONVERSION STRAP

 

 


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THIS DIAL IS MINT
CASE IS 92.5% SILVER
CROWN & PINT-SET ARE BRASS
CRYSTAL IS ORIGINAL
THICK GLASS

A NOTE:
BESIDES RE-LUMING. NUMBER TOUCH UPS
REPAINTING NUMERALS, THE,
PORCELAIN DIAL ITSELF CANNOT BE
TRULY RESTORED/REFINISHED.
ANY DAMAGE REMAINS DAMAGE
THIS DIAL IS IN REMARKABLE CONDITION

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THIS CASE IS 95%
WE DID NOT WANT TO
MAKE IT LIKE NEW
SO A FEW SMALL IMPERFECTIONS
LIKE THE MARKS ON CASE BACK
WILL REMAIN


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A BETTER SHOT
OF
CROWN & PIN-SET



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NUMERALS AND HANDS
ARE ON FIRE AGAIN
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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PERFECTLY APPLIED
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT
TINSURES THAT YOUR
TIME PIECE
GLOWS LIKE IT DID
WHEN RADIUM WAS UTILIZED
WITHOUT THE WORRY
OF RADIATION

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THIS WATCH WAS VALUABLE
TO ITS PREVIOUS
OWNER/OWNERS
IMPORTED INTO BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND
COMPOSED OF PARTS FROM
FRANCE AND SWITZERLAND
WITH A
GERMAN ALPINA MOVEMENT
ATTACHED TO A
JAPANESE WAR STRAP
AND
FOUND IN VIETNAM
[INDOCHINA]
IF IT COULD TALK
I WOULD SIT FOR 95 YEARS
JUST TO KNOW IT'S HISTORY

 


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WE HAD A MAJOR PROBLEM
WITH THE MINUTE HAND
IT WAS BROKE
THE PINION WAS .41MM
I COULD NOT FIND A
CATHEDRAL HAND
SO-
I FOUND A SIMILAR HAND
THEN SOLDERED AND HAMMERED
A NEW BASE..S

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THEN GRABBED A PEARL DRILL
SIZE .40

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CASE FOR 0,40 DRILLS

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BY HAND I DRILLED
AND

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IT WORKED PERFECTLY

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THE CRYSTAL WAS IN SUPER SHAPE
I LIKE HAVING THE RIGHT ONE
AND NOT USING PLASTIC
FOR TRENCH WATCHES
..... WHENEVER I CAN

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SEE HOW THICK?
MOST ARE SUPER SUPER THIN

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AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENR PIGMENT
IS JUST ABOUT ON FIRE


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HALL MARKED

GS
THE HALLMARK FOR
GEORGE STOCKWELL

.925
Signifying the Silver purity as "Sterling"

"TRIANGLE"
BIRMINGHAM IMPORTS
NOTE. THE CASE IS ALSO TRIANGLE MARKED

"S"
DATE STAMP
1917 - 1918


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PRE-970
ALPINA
9 JEWEL
SWISS MADE
NEW BALANCE
NEW MAIN SPRING
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 33h