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Date/Report Number …..072811.LC-R72 WWI 1916 GOLD PLATED NICKEL ELGIN 15 JEWEL TRENCH WATCH WITH GLASS CRYSTAL, RED 24HR MILITARY TIME, SHRAPNEL GUARD
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VINTAGE WWI 1916 GOLD PLATED NICKEL ELGIN 15 JEWEL TRENCH WATCH WITH GLASS CRYSTAL, RED 24HR MILITARY TIME, SHRAPNEL GUARD AND LEATHER WIRE LUG STRAP. THE WHITE PORCLEIN DIAL HAS HEAVY RAILROAD BLACK OUTLINED   LUMINATED NUMBERS, BLACK OUTER MINUTE CHAPTER RING AND RED 24 HOUR NUMERALS WITH SUB-SECONDS REGISTER WITH  BLUED BLACK STEEL HANDS AND ORIGINAL GLASS CRYSTAL WITH A FEW ABRASIONS. THE STAMPED NICKEL CASE HAS IT'S ORIGINAL GOLD PLATING AND ORIGINAL CROWN WITH OFF-SET WIRE LUGS AND ORIGINAL PATENTED GOLD PLATED CRYSTAL SHRAPNEL GUARD GUARD ATTACHED TO A DUAL BUCKLE DOWN DOUBLE SKINNED VINTAGE WIDE LEATHER STRAP. WATCH SIZE IS 33 X 42 MM W/GUARD, 31 W/O GUARD. THE SERVICED 15 JEWEL DOUBLE ROLLER 355 GRADE ELGIN MOVEMENT DATES TO 1916. CASE IS . OVERALL FINISH IS EXCELLENT.

Estimated Retail Replacement Value $980.00 WITH STRAP


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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. 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.


Serial Number   SN Range    RunQty   Year     grade   jewels              
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19150147     19150001       1000       1916   355        15j e       

 

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