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Date/Report Number …..022612.FNAWEHY.HG4 Item   1918 ORIGINAL CONDITION HALLMARKED JW RARE SCREW DOWN TOP & BOTTOM  SILVER MILITARY TRENCH WATCH
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Description of item: VINTAGE 1918 ORIGINAL CONDITION HALLMARKED JW RARE SCREW DOWN TOP & BOTTOM  SILVER MILITARY TRENCH WATCH 15 JEWEL SWISS MADE 3 FINGER BRIDGE MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $
1175.00

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1918
ORIGINAL CONDITION
HALLMARKED
JW
RARE
SCREW DOWN
TOP & BOTTOM
SILVER
MILITARY
TRENCH WATCH

WITH

15 JEWEL
SWISS MADE
3 FINGER BRIDGE
MANUAL WIND
MOVEMENT

CASE IS
33.6 MM ACROSS
W/O CROWN
47 MM LUG TO LUG
12 MM HEIGHT

WITH

NATO NYLON
KHAKI G-18
STRAP

WITH

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.

Some of those made specifically for military use had screw on case bezels and case backs, or, screw on case backs with hinged tops.i

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, simple black outlined Rail Road Numerals or Roman Numeral in black with red 24 hour chapter .

Some had an inner military time (13-24) ring.

Some had the number "12" painted red or lumed.

Many of these watches did not have their movements signed with the name of the manufacturer, though most were marked "Swiss" or "Swiss Made".


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THE ABOVE ADD DEMONSTRATES THAT MILITARY WATCHES WERE MADE AND SOLD
TO DIRECTLY SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS AND DEMONSTRATES THE NEW TECHNOLOGY.



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THIS OFFER IS FOR ONE
JW
TRENCH WATCH
WITH
WHITE PORCELAIN DIAL
WITH
OUTER BUTLER CHAPTER RING
ROMAN NUMERALS
IN BLACK
&
RED 24
MILITARY HOUR
INNER
CHAPTER RING

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CASE IS RARE
WELL MADE
ALL STERLING SILVER
[.925]
SCREW ON
BEZEL & CASE BACK
WITH
RATCHET KNURLS

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THE DIAL HAS A FEW SURFACE HAIRLINES
BUT NOTHING THAT THREATENS THE DIAL

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KHAKI G-18 NATO
STRAP WITH KEEPERS
IT IS AWESOME
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THE NEXT TWO PICS SHOW THE OPTIONAL
CRYSTAL SHRAPNEL GUARD

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ACRYLIC CRYSTAL
 
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THIS CASE IS SOLID




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KNURLES
ARE ON TOP AND BOTTOM
TO MAKE UNSCREWING CASE
EASIER

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CROWN IS SOLID AND EASY
TO WIND AND SET

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LEFT HALLMARK
OPPOSING "F" ON THEIR SIDES IN OVAL
GLASGOW

RIGHT HALLMARK
V IN OVAL
1915

CENTER LOWER HALLMARK
.925 IN OVAL
STERLING SILVER
92.5% SOLVER

JW
JW BENSON

SERIAL & PRODUCTION NUMBERS

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SCREW DOWN
CASE BACK
HAS A KNURLED EDGE

WITH
HAND ENGRAVED
R
D
M

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BEZEL & CASE BACK

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OVERHAULED AND SERVICED
MOVEMENT

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15 JEWEL
THREE FINGER BRIDGE
MANUAL MOVEMENT
HAS MILITARY STYLE
CROWN
AND
RATCHET/WINDING
WHEELS

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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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