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Date/Report Number …..09-29-015-981 RK Item: William Henry Sparrow 1917 15j Silver Military Trench Watch WITH Cuff OR Strap!    jillpolepositionltd@btinternet.com
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William Henry Sparrow SILVER HALLMARKED CASE, W/BUREN 15 JEWEL MOVEMENT, CRYSTAL GUARD, WIDE CUFF AND THIN STRAP. 1917 15j Military Trench Watch [APPRAISAL INCLUDES INFORMATION BELOW]

INSURED VALUE:1800..00
WITH BLACK STRAP, WIDE CUFF AND CRYSTAL GUARD
WIDE CUFF IS 250.00
SKINNY STRAP 125.00

GLASS GUARD 125.00 DUE TO CUSTOMIZATION


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BUREN TRENCH WATCHES SINCE 1914
THE BUREN SWISS  NICKEL GILDED THREE FINGER BRIDGE 15J
2 POSITION TRENCH MOVEMENT WAS THE BEST

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DOUBLE HINGED CASE WITH NO CASE BACK IS ONLY FOR THE BEST BUREN TRENCH WATCH
NO CASE BACK MADE BUREN BETTER AT RESISTING MOISTURE/DIRT MOVEMENT CONTAMINATION

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SUB SECONDS NO SWEEP SECONDS
HAS SAME 16 JEWEL MOVEMENT WITH 2 ADJUSTMENTS [RARE FOR TRENCH]

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HAS SAME 16 JEWEL MOVEMENT WITH 2 ADJUSTMENTS [RARE FOR TRENCH]


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THIS IS ONE OF HUNDREDS OF TRENCH WATCHES I HAVE RESTORED
DATES TO THE GREAT WAR [WWI]

IT IS THE ONLY TRENCH WATCH THAT YOU
MAY WEAR WITH THE STANDARD ;LEATHER STRAP
OR WEAR WITH CUFF STRAP/ !! I BELIEVE I AM THE FIRST
TO TAKE THE TRENCH AND MAKE IT A CONVERTIBLE
IN FACT THE LEATHER STRAP WAS ON THIS
BEAUTY WHEN I INVESTED IN HER.

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BUT IT WOULD NOT STAY ON
I TREATED THE LEATHER OVER 2 WEEKS THEN RIVETED HER ON

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 WWI TRENCH BUREN VIDEO
THIS IS PERHAPS ONE OF THE BEST TRENCH WATCHES OFFERED
THE MOVEMENT, DIAL, SILVER CASE AND GUARD ARE TOP END
THE STRAP AND CUSTOM CUFF ARE FANTASTIC

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FACT IS, THE MOVEMENT 15 JEWELS WITH GILDED 3 FINGER BRIDGE NEW
BALANCE [150.00 FOR THE BALANCE WORK] CASE IS 925 SILVER AND
HALLMARKED LIKE CRAZY ADDITION TO THAT IS THAT I CUSTOMIZED
--LIKE IN WWI-- THE THE SHRAPNEL GUARD
SO YOU MAY WEAR ON CUFF OR ATTACHED STRAP THAT
TAKES 1 MINUTE TO RELEASE FROM CUFF

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ADDITIONALLY,  CUSTOMIZED THE CUFF. SEE THE ALUMINUM [SILVER]
ABOVE. YOU LIFT STRAP [RIGHT SIDE] THE SILVER HOLD DOWN COMES OFF. YOU PULL
THE LEATHER STRAP THROUGH., PLACE CUFF AND METAL HOLD
DOWN IN A DRAWER AND WEAR YOUR TRENCH. I MUST STATE
THAT ONLY A FEW TOP BRANDS USED
THE DIAL ON THIS ONE IS LONGINES THE OTHER ROLEX.

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THIS RESTORATION HAPPENS TO BE ON MY LIST AS ONE OF "MY VERY BEST" 
ALSO MY IT IS MY CHOICE TO CELEBRATE A WW1 MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT
UTILIZING A RARE GOLD AND BLUE FIRST SGT RANK PATCH
AND ONE LONE VAMC BUTTON


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THIS TRENCH WATCH WAS NOT CHEAP. IN FACT IT IS A BUREN WITH ROLEX DIAL. THE DIAL WAS MADE BY BUREN AND THEN SOLD TO ROLEX. THERE IS A SUPER NICE FINGER BRIDGE 16J WITH 2ADJ MOVEMENT
SIGNED BUREN. AND THE SILVER CASE WAS CUSTOM HAND MADE WITH A HINGE FOR MOVEMENT AND A HINGE FOR THE CASE COVER. A CRYSTAL ON THE TOP PROVIDES VIEWING AND IT CAN BE OPENED 

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WE HONOR VIRGINA'S FIRST MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT
BY BUILDING THE MILITARY LEATHER STRAP
WITH
A YELLOW & GOLD WITH BLUE STRIPES
1ST Sgt
Rank Badge
HONORING 

Sgt. Earle D. Gregory

THE
Sgt. York of Virginia

AGAIN
WWI's FIRST NATIVE VIRGINIAN TO RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR

STORY FURTHER DOWN!!!
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UPDATED

WELCOME TO MY GREATEST TRENCH WATCH. FIRST IS THE DIAL. NOT MARKERS ROMAN NUMERALS ARE SET IN THE PORCELAIN. YOU CANNOT ALTER THEM. YOU HAVE TWO BLACK STEEL HANDS COATED WITH AF LUMINOVA. I ADDED LUMINOVA TO DIAL ALSO-IN A WAY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED. THE SILVER HALLMARKED CASE CONTAINS A 16 JEWEL ADJ THREE FINGER BRIDGE SWISS MOVEMENT THAT IS SILVER GILDED. THE CASE HAS A HINGED TOP W/GLASS CRYSTAL. THE MOVEMENT SWINGS OUT. I HAVE WORKED ON THE SHRAPNEL GUARD SO THAT ONE NEED NOT USE STEP[ TO HOLD IT ON. I ALSO INSTALLED A WIRE LUG LEATHER STRAP THAT FITS UP TO SIZE 8 AND A CUSTOM WIDE CUFF STRAP WITH AWESOME HISTORY/ THIS IS THE FIRST TRUE CONVERTIBLE. WEAR IN ON WIDE STRAP, OR WEAR JUST THE TRENCH W/GUARD.

 

1
ROLEX TRENCH

LONGINES
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ROLEX
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LONGINES
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ABOVE TRENCH IS THE SAME AS ROLEX +LONGINES

THIS SHRAPNEL GUARD WILL BE 1917 UPDATED

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ABOVE THE STRAPS ARE PAIRED WEAR WITH/WITHOUT

ABOVE THE SHRAPNEL GUARD FITTED

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ALL SILVER CASE FLIP HINGED TOP - MOVEMENT

THE WOOL PATCH WAS TREATED & SECURED

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SIZING STRAP TO FIT INSTEAD OF A PIECE OF LEATHER

WITH FABRIC GLUE TO KEEP FROM BECOMING FRAYED

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ABOVE I AM SECURING WIRE LUG STRAP

ABOVE I RIVETED THE  STRAP

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ABOVE I AM SIZING THE STRAP TO FIT

ABOVE CUT OUTS FOR THE LEATHER STRAP DONE

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HERE YOU SLIP BUCKLE SIDE THROUGH CUTOUT

STRAP FITS UP TO SIZE 8

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YOU PUSH THROUGH INCLUDING KEEPER

STRAP WITH BUCKLE SIDE NOW PERFECT

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PLACE THE OTHER SIDE INTO SLIT PUSH IN OR PULL

BOTH STRAPS SIDE ARE UNDER CUFF
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NOTE: WHEN WEARING YOU DO NOT FEEL THESE

PLACE THROUGH BUCKLE

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BOTH SIDES FIT NICELY THROUGH AND UNDER CUFF STRAP

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SOFT ALUMINUM PIECE FOLDS OVER & EASY TO REMOVE TO PULL STRAP TO WEAR WITH-OUT CUFF STRAP

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LEATHER CUFF OR THE STRAIGHT MADE FOR THIS TRENCH LEATHER STRAP

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CONVERTIBLE MILITARY TRENCH WATCH WITH BOTH
LEATHER CUFF AND STANDARD WIRE LUG STRAP.

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CRYSTAL GUARD,  NEW MAIN SPRING,  NEW HAIR SPRING, CUFF STRAP THAT IS ONE OF MY BEST.

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Genuine
Restored - Serviced
BUREN WATCH CO
TRENCH WATCH
ORIGINAL
[CASE MOVEMENT DIAL HANDS CROWN]

1914-1919
THIS TRENCH HAS MANY FEATURES
THAT MAKE IT CLOSE TO A ROLEX OR LONGINES  TRENCH WATCH

FROM THE DIAL TO THE EXPENSIVE SILVER
CASE TO THE 16 JEWEL 2 ADJUSTMENT MOVEMENT

35 X 43  MM
W/O CROWN

CUFF 2 INCHES WIDE

The Buren Watch Company was created in 1898, following the acquisition of Fritz Suter & Cie, at the Swiss town Büren an der Aare (canton Bern), by the London company of H. Williamson Ltd. There were produced pocket watches of all types and table clocks. Due to the existing rail link H. Williamson Ltd. invested and expanded further in Büren and developed the site into an international branch. From 1916 Henry Williamson used the signature "Büren Watch Co." Then the H. Williamson Ltd. had to close due to a stock market crash. However, a group of Swiss and an Englishman provided the capital necessary to be able to continue the watch production under Swiss management and with the new name Uhrenfabrik Buren AG

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 HALLMARKED SILVER TRENCH WATCH SPORTS ALL THE FEATURES OF THE TOP TRENCH WATCHES OF THE WWI ERA AND BEYOND. IN FACT IT MATCHES SOME OF THE ROLEX TRENCH WATCHES ONLINE. WE INVESTED IN HER LIKE YOU SEE HER OF COURSE; THOUGH SOME WEAR DAMAGE AND FEATURE RESTORATIONS HAD TO BE ACCOMPLISHED

OVERHAULED/SERVICED, GILDED 16 JEWEL ADJUSTED MOVEMENT OPERATES LIKE IT DID IN 1917.  RED 24HR LIKE ROLEX W/SAME DIAL NO SUB-SECOND HAND [NOTE THE TWO ROLEX TRENCH WATCHES BELOW] SILVER HINGED COVER WITH GLASS CRYSTAL OVER THE DIAL.

DIAL ON ROLEX AND LONGINES

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BOTH ABOVE ARE ROLEX TRENCH WATCHES
I SAY ROLEX WAS NOT SO HOT YET PERIOD
THEY FORMED ONLY A FEW YEARS BEFORE WWI
BUREN WAS IN BIZ SINCE 1860'S
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TRENCH WATCH CAN BE WITH A WIRE LUG STRAP IN ABOUT TEN MINUTES

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NOTE WIRE LUGS WIDE ENOUGH FOR A 16MM LEATHER STRAP.
STRAPS OF MUST BE WIRE LUG CAPABLE
  END PIECES ARE NOT STITCHED CLOSE [WHERE SPRING BARS GO]
THEY WRAP AROUND THE WIRE LUG AND THEN HAVE A MEANS OF CLOSURE

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THE FIRST SARGENT RANK BADGE IN WOOL WITH GOLD AND BLUE STRIPING
SIMPLY MAKES THE PIECE THAT MUCH MORE SPECTACULAR
TALE OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER
 FOR THOSE OF YOU WHOM RATHER WEAR THE STRAP
THIS TRENCH WATCH CAN BE REMOVED AND THE STRAP INSTALLED
THIS TRENCH IS MORE PROTECTED WHILE ATTACHED TO THE CUFF  STRAP
THE CUFF STRAP STRAP INVITES MORE INTEREST
 ITS HISTORY MAKES GREAT CONVERSATION
AND YES, YOU CAN WEAR THIS  TRENCH LIKE ANY
MODERN MECHANICAL WATCH!!!
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THE STRAP IS COMFORTABLE AND MAKES A GREAT FRAME FOR THE CANVAS
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THE BEST WAY TO ILLUMINATE HER WAS LARGE ROUNDS
LARGE ROUNDS CLOSE TO THE ROMAN NUMERALS
NOW WHEN THE HINGED COVER WITH CRYSTAL AND GUARD
ARE COVERING THE FACE, THE ILLUMINATION LIGHTS UP THE ENTIRE PALLET
YOU CAN ACTUALLY READ THE MARKERS LET ALONE THE TIM
E

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THIS DIAL IS ONLY ON ROLEX WATCHES AFTER 1920
THEY DO NOT HAVE MILITARY TIME
THE NUMERALS IN THE INNER CENTER CIRCLE
DIAL IS PORCELAIN & NUMERALS ALSO THE SAME

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HAVING THE 24 HR MILITARY TIME OFFERS DELIVERS GREATER STATURE AS AN OPERATIONAL TRENCH WATCH

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ANOTHER "MILITARY WATCH OPEN FACE"
W/O COVER

 

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NICKEL CRYSTAL GUARD
THIS TRENCH HAS A CURVED CRYSTAL

1903 ONE OF THE EARLIEST TRENCH STYLE

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NOTE THE CRYSTAL GUARD

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ROCK PLACED WIRE LUG STRAPS TO SHOW THE DIFFERENCE
WELL, THIS IS ROCK. I DECIDED TO POST MYSELF
THESE STRAPS ARE VINTAGE AND ARE THE REAL DEAL

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WE HAVE ACCESS TO NEW AND VINTAGE WIRE LUG STRAPS

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IF YOU ALSO DESIRE A WIRE LUG STRAP, WE WILL PROVIDE ONE AT COST

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HERE I AM SIZING FOR LEATHER TIE DOWN

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ITHE BEST WAY TO ILLUMINATE WAS LARGE ROUNDS CLOSE TO THE ROMAN NUMERALS NOW WHEN HINGED AND COVER WITH SHRAPNEL GUARD ARE COVERING THE FACE, YOU CAN ACTUALLY READ THE MARKERS LET ALONE THE TIME

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George Stockwell

William Henry Sparrow


THE ONE ON LEFT IS THE MAKER OF THE TRENCH WATCH FURTHER BELOW WITH HINGED COVER
THE ONE ON RIGHT WILLIAM HENRY SPARROW IS THE BUILDER OF THIS ONE


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WHS
925
LONDON
1917


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MID TO LATE 19TH CENTURY
Virginia Tech Uniform Button

Horstman Bros & Co. Phil
[GENUINE]

1872-1896 VAMC

VAMC Virginia Agricultural & Mechanical College was the earlier name for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University or Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. The name was used between 1872 and 1896 when Polytechnic Institute was added. This uniform button would have been used between those dates 1872-1896. 3/4 inches in diameter. marked on the back Horstman Bros & Co. Phil [adelphia] it shows a standard motif for agricultural organizations of the time, a sheaf of wheat, plows, tools, etc.
Founded in 1872 as an agricultural and mechanical land-grant college, Virginia Tech is a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia and one of the few public universities in the United States that maintains a corps of cadets.

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The program has earned seven Medal of Honor recipients. Cadets are not required to engage in compulsory military service upon graduation, with as many as 80% of cadets in any given year elect to pursue a military career upon graduation

WWI

Maj. Lloyd W. Williams, a native of Berryville and a 1907 alumnus, was killed on June 12, 1918, when a shell exploded nearby while he was being evacuated. He had been gassed and wounded by enemy shrapnel in a battle near Chateau-Thierry, France. Williams has been attributed with one of the more famous quotes of World War I: “Retreat? Hell, No!”

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60px-Purple_Heart_BAR_svg.png (224 bytes) Purple Heart
60px-World_War_I_Victory_Medal_ribbon_svg.png (717 bytes) World War I Victory Medal with Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector Army battle clasps
60px-Mexican_Border_Service_Medal_ribbon_svg.png (252 bytes) Mexican Border Service Medal
60px-Croix_de_Guerre_1914-1918_ribbon_svg.png (609 bytes) Croix de guerre 1914–1918 (France) (English: War Cross)
60px-Legion_Honneur_Chevalier_ribbon_svg.png (181 bytes) Légion d'honneur (France) (English: Legion of Honour)
60px-Medaille_militaire_ribbon_svg.png (397 bytes) Médaille militaire (France) (English: Military Medal)
60px-Croce_di_guerra_al_merito_BAR_svg.png (302 bytes) Croce al Merito di Guerra (Italy) (English: War Merit Cross)

Sgt. Earle D. Gregory WAS The first native Virginian to receive the Medal of Honor, was dubbed the “Sgt. York of Virginia” by newspapers nationwide during World War I. A native of Chase City, he attended Virginia Tech after receiving the medal for gallantry at Bois de Consenvoye, north of Verdu, France, on Oct. 8, 1918. He single-handedly captured 19 German soldiers and two machine guns, saving countless American lives. He was also awarded the Croix de Guerre, Medal of the Legion of Honor, Medaille Militaire, and Montenegrin Order of Merit. He was president of the corps of cadets while at Tech and graduated in 1923. The cadet precision drill team, the Pershing Rifles, was renamed the Gregory Guard in his honor in May 1963. Gregory bequeathed his medals and war memorabilia to his alma mater before his death on Jan. 6, 1972. In 1972 the corps of cadets established three honors in his memory.

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NOTE:   "MILITARY ON THE OVER THE COUNTER WATCH ABOVE LEFT. NOTE THE ROCK RESTORED FLIP TOP HE REBUILT 7 YEARS AGO. COST WAS 650.00 AFTER RESTORATION SOLD FOR 800.00 PATRON SOLD IT 5 DAYS LATER FOR 1698.00  THEY ARE PRETTY RARE. NOTE COVER.MANY COMPANIES BUILT GREAT "MILITARY" CAPABLE WATCHES AND THEN TITLED THEM MILITARY DURING WAR TIME

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WE HAVE A Waltham Trench Dial 4 SALE
OTHERS ALSO ALL RE-LUMED AND REPAIRED


NOTE THE WORD "WRISTLET"?
THE WRISTLET ARRIVED BEFORE WWI. MEN DID NOT LIKE THE WORD "WRIST WATCH", FELT IT WAS A FEMININE LADIES "THING"
SO, COMPANIES BEGAN USING THE WORD WRISTLET
THEN, WHEN WWI ARRIVED WRISLETS, WERE
BEING CALLED TRENCH WATCHES

WOW COOL NO? HARDLY ANYONE KNEW WHAT
TRENCHES WERE -- I MEAN THE MILITARY ONES

BY 1918 SOLDIERS WERE SAYING
"THIS IS  A DAM TRENCH WATCH, ITS STILL RUNNING AFTER ALL THE EXPLOSIONS, WATER , RATS BLAH BLAH BLAH"

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MY COLOR BENCH HERE IS WHERE  I PAINT CUT RIVET ETC

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AWESOME PERIOD


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THE BEST WAY TO ILLUMINATE WAS LARGER ROUNDS
CLOSE TO ROMAN NUMERALS NOW WHEN HINGED
COVER WITH CRYSTAL AND GUARD ARE COVERING THE FACE
YOU CAN ACTUALLY READ THE MARKERS LET ALONE THE TIME

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AWESOME GENUINE BLUE STRIPE OVER GOLD SGT RANK SHOULDER BADGE

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ADDING TWO MORE RIVETS TO LOCK STRAPS TO CENTER CUFF

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THIS KEEPS THE ENDS OF THIS LEATHER CUFF STYLE STRAP 
FROM POOPING UP WHEN WEARING

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I HAVE ALL SORTS OF LEATHER AND CREATION TOOLS BRUSHES CUTTERS AND THE BUFFING MACHINES WITH 18 TYPES OF ROUGE.

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HERE I LINE HER UP

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LOCKED AND LOADED FOR WEAR!!!
LOL

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VERY CLOSE STRAP TO OUR SYSTEM
WE USING DUAL BUCKLE

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MY MIXTURE A STEP IN THE RESTORATION OF LEATHER BE IS A
WATCH BAND, SADDLE OR JAPANESE MAP CASE

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ALSO WORKS PRETTY GOOD AT REMOVING 50%
OF THE SEMI-PERMANENT HAND STAINS
WHAT IS LEFT WILL TAKE 2 WEEKS TO DISAPPEAR.
NO, I WILL NEVER WEAR GLOVES

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JUST LET THAT SOAK FOR 2-3 DAYS
AFTER STRETCHING- REPAIRING - DRY OLD LEATHER

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BLACK LEATHER FOR TIE DOWN

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A STRIP OF BLACK LEATHER TO MAKE THE HOLD DOWN

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SLIPPING THROUGH CRYSTAL GUARD
THEN CASE WIRE LUGS

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THIS LEATHER IS SOFT AND STRONG

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ALUMINUM FROM SINGLE EDGE RAZOR FOR LOCK DOWN

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SEE THE FOLD OVER SECURED
AND THE VAMC
BADGE

ROCK HAS RESTORED JUST ABOUT EVERY TRENCH WATCH MADE FROM 1914 THRU 1925.  ROLEX IS ONE OF THOSE BRANDS. HANS WILSDORF,  FOUNDER OF MARCONI AND ROLEX, REGISTERED/PATENTED THE MARCONI NAME IN JANUARY 1911 AND PRODUCED MARCONI WATCHES  BEFORE REGISTERING/PATENTING THE ROLEX NAME ON THE 16 OF NOVEMBER 1915.

OUR MARCONI TUDOR ROLEX ESSAY W/PICTURES ON EBAY

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THERE IS AN A INSTEAD OF U


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  16 JEWEL SWISS MOVEMENT SIGNED BURAN
SILVER CASE WITH WIRE LUGS AND DUAL HINGES

THE THREE FINGER BRIDGE IS LIKE THE LAST ONE

HALLMARKS
1916
LONDON
925 SILVER
CASE MAKER
[STERLING SILVER 92.5 SILVER]

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ILLUMINATION IS ALMOST COMPLETELY ABSENT TO THE EYE
UNTIL IT IS DARK


BELOW ARE OTHER WORKS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FACT OF WORKMANSHIP
YOU MUST INSURE THIS TIME PIECE WARRANTIE DO NOT COBVER DAMAGE BREAKAGE WATER DAMAGE DROPPAGE THEFT FIRE

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SAME LANCET LEFT
ILLUMINATION

RED 24HRS
NOT PROFESSIONAL
BACK IN IT'S YOUTH


RIGHT IS IT RESTORED

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ROCK CUTTING LEATHER             CENTER STITCHING BY HAND                    DYE AND BUFF POLISH

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IMAGES WERE SAVED AND REDUCED IN PIXSELS FOR FULL VERSION GOOGLE:
"GOLDSMITHWORKS TRENCH CONVERSION WATCH"

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