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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 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. 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 or simply black outlined. Some had an inner military time (13-24) ring and some had the number "12" painted or lumed. Many of these watches did not have their movements signed with the name of the manufacturer, though most were marked "Swiss".
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. This particular trench watch has hallmarks for 925 silver, Birmingham and "t" for 1918 and the GEORGE STOCKWELL hallmark.
DURING WWI THE DIAL WERE EITHER
AS YOU CAN SEE LIGHTS UP NICELY
ORIGINAL CATHEDRAL HANDS
FORGOT TO TAKE PIC
THIS IS AN ORIGINAL
THE CUFF STRAP
THIS CASE IS 32MM WITHOUT CROWN
THIS TRENCH HAS WIRE LUGS
ROCK USED THE BUFFING UNIT
STERLING SILVER CASE
AND PATENT DATED
SEPTEMBER 4, 1917
THE CASE WILL RECEIVE A FINAL
BIRMINGHAM DATE MARK
C) FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY
D) 1290.00 PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE **APPRAISAL
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UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE all watches offered by GSW have been SERVICED. Some required REPAIR AND RESTORATION! Normal Servicing of Mechanical Watches by an EXPERT PROFESSIONAL will run between $180.00 to 580.00, depending on the complication of the movement and that is WITHOUT parts that may be required. SERVICING means DISASSEMBLING THE ENTIRE WATCH AND MOVEMENT, CLEANING SAME, OILING, LUBING AND REASSEMBLING, timing and Sealing. RESTORATION is a separate service from SERVICING and may include CRYSTAL, DIAL, HANDS, CASE, LUGS and BAND. So, WHEN YOU VIEW VINTAGE AND CLASSIC WATCHES OFFERED BY OTHER VENDORS/DEALERS, the question is: WAS THE WATCH SERVICED?
All watches, from mechanical to quartz devices, require periodic cleaning and inspection. GSW provides both cleaning and repair services with our main specialty that of restoring and repairing classic & vintage watches. GSW has established parts accounts with the oldest watch parts houses in the world as well as a network of watch dealers and repair centers around the world. GSW also provides dial restoration services. In addition to servicing new, vintage & classic watches, we also service high grade wristwatches. Think of your watch as you would a fine automobile, it is worth maintaining as it will increase your pleasure of ownership and also enhance the resale or trade-in value. If you plan on passing your watch on to the next generation, skilled periodic maintenance will be greatly appreciated in the future. Visit our studio gallery online for info on restoring or repairing your watch and call for 50% discounts from our advertised pricing!