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Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable sterling silver WWI Elgin RED 12 Trench Watch that features a high grade 17 jewel movement! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB original condition and has been beautifully restored! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 8-12-2017, a new mainspring has also been installed. It's in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. This watch has been tested on a professional timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! Take another look at picture number three again, this movement is clean as a whistle and stunning in it's detailed beauty! I'm sure that you have noticed by now that this is not your ordinary trench watch case by a long shot! This is a larger sterling silver trench watch case that was manufactured by the North American Watch Case Company. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. Plus, this case still has the original factory crown! The case has been nicely polished and has a beautiful finish once again. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable that Elgin ever produced, the RED 12 Military Dial. The dial features a white face, Arabic numerals, outer minute markers, the correct size 0s blue steel hands for this dial, signed "ELGIN USA" near the center with the RED 12 at the top. This dial has a second "USA" stamp just below the 6 o'clock position. The dial does not have any hairlines, chips or cracks, it is superb. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a 16mm dark brown leather strap that absolutely makes the watch! Take another look at the wrist shot picture, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 8 inches and has a matching silver tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear on it because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? It's kind of like Ferris Bueller and that Ferrari, if you had access to one would you just leave it in a garage? I think not! Here are the movement details: 1911 Elgin, 17 jewels, size 0s, serial number 16280186, grade 263. This movement has many solid gold parts: solid gold raised jewel chatons, solid gold balance wheel screws and a solid gold center wheel. They just don't make them like this anymore! This case is a bit larger than your average size 0s trench watch case, it measures 38mm lug to lug, 33.6mm without the original factory crown with a nice and wide 16mm lug diameter. A brand new glass crystal was just installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve on the crown tube, it now has a nice firm "pop", just as it should. This watch is ready to be worn and shown off, it will surely get noticed! I put a lot of time and effort into this Elgin, I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at it's finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of this WWI Elgin RED 12 Trench Watch featuring a high grade 17 jewel movement, this one sets the bar! You will get a FREE signed copy of my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" with this purchase!


WWI Elgin RED 12 Trench Watch, LARGE 33.6mm Sterling Silver NAWCCo Case, Factory Crown, BIG Size 0s Version, 16mm Lugs, 17 JEWEL Movement, Dark Brown Leather Strap
WWI Elgin RED 12 Trench Watch, LARGE 33.6mm Sterling Silver NAWCCo Case, Factory Crown, BIG Size 0s Version, 16mm Lugs, 17 JEWEL Movement, Dark Brown Leather Strap
Price: $785.00 $707.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable solid nickel WWI Waltham Trench Watch with an OFFSET CROWN that features a high grade movement that dates back to 1915! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in excellent condition and has been beautifully restored! Our Great Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 8-6-2017 and a brand new mainspring has also been installed. It's now in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. This watch has been tested on a professional timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! Take another look at picture number three three again, this movement is clean as a whistle and stunning in it's beauty! I'm sure that you have noticed by now that this is not your ordinary trench watch case by a long shot! This is a solid nickel trench watch case that was manufactured by the Wadsworth Watch Case Company during the Great War. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. Finding an Offset Crown trench watch with 16mm lugs is NOT as easy task, they are incredibly difficult to obtain. The bezel and case back both snap together crisply, just as they should. Plus, this watch still has the original factory crown! The case has been nicely polished and has a beautiful glowing finish once again. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable and popular that Waltham ever produced, the Shadow Box Military Dial. The dial features a bright white face, shadow box numerals, outer minute markers, skeleton hands, a sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed WALTHAM near the center. The skeleton hands have been re-lumed using Bergeon luminous material. They will glow in the dark once properly charged by sunlight. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a 16mm dark brown leather strap that absolutely makes the watch! Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 8.5 inches and has a matching silver tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear on it because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? It's kind of like Ferris Bueller and that Ferrari, if you had access to one would you just leave it in a garage? I think not! Here are the movement details: 1915 Waltham, serial number 19587660, grade 315, size 3/0s, 15 jewels, model 1900. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 37mm lug to lug, 31mm without the original factory crown with a nice and wide 16mm lug diameter. A brand new glass has been installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve on the crown tube, it now has a nice firm "pop", just as it should. This watch is ready to be worn and shown off, it will surely get noticed! I put a lot of time and effort into this Waltham. I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at it's finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of this 1915 WWI Waltham Trench Watch with an OFFSET CROWN and 16mm LUGS, this one sets the bar! You will get a FREE signed copy of my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" with this purchase!


1915 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Wadsworth Nickel Case, OFFSET CROWN, 15 Jewels, 16mm LUGS, Original Factory Crown, Enamel Military Dial, Re-Lumed Skeleton Hands, Leather Strap
1915 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Wadsworth Nickel Case, OFFSET CROWN, 15 Jewels, 16mm LUGS, Original Factory Crown, Enamel Military Dial, Re-Lumed Skeleton Hands, Leather Strap
Price: $785.00 $707.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable Sterling Silver WWI Elgin Trench Watch with an OFFSET CROWN that features a movement that dates back to 1918! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in excellent condition and has been beautifully restored! Our Great Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 8-1-2017 and a brand new mainspring has also been installed. It's now in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. This watch has been tested on a professional timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! Take another look at picture number three three again, this movement is clean as a whistle and stunning in it's beauty! I'm sure that you have noticed by now that this is not your ordinary trench watch case by a long shot! This is a sterling silver trench watch case that was manufactured by the Star Watch Case Company, circa 1918. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. The bezel and case back both snap together crisply, just as they should. The hinged caseback only opens up to 90 degrees, just as it should. Plus, this watch still has the original factory crown! The case has been nicely polished and has a beautiful glowing finish once again. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable and popular that Elgin ever produced, the BOLD Arabic Military Dial. The dial features a bright white face, BOLD Arabic numerals, outer minute markers, skeleton hands, a sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed ELGIN near the center. This dial has a little something extra, factory drilled hour marker lum dots. The hour marker dots and the skeleton hands have both been re-lumed using Bergeon luminous material. They will glow in the dark once properly charged by sunlight. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a black leather Kitchener Strap that absolutely makes the watch! The strap was hand made by the Prairie Flower Leather Company in Nebraska. Very high quality strap that was made using a sewing machine from the Great War era! Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 8.5 inches and has a matching silver tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear on it because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? It's kind of like Ferris Bueller and that Ferrari, if you had access to one would you just leave it in a garage? I think not! Here are the movement details: 1918 Elgin, serial number 21312732, grade 463, size 3/0s, 7 jewels. The case on this watch is a size 0s and the movement is a size 3/0s. This was done by the use of a factory installed size jumping spacer, a common practice of the day. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 39mm lug to lug, 32.6mm without the original factory crown with a 10mm lug diameter. I chose to re-install the original glass crystal as it is still in very good condition. It was installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve on the crown tube, it now has a nice firm "pop", just as it should. This watch is ready to be worn and shown off, it will surely get noticed! I put a lot of time and effort into this Elgin. I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at it's finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of this sterling silver 1918 WWI Elgin Trench Watch with an OFFSET CROWN, this one sets the bar! You will get a FREE signed copy of my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" with this purchase!


1918 WWI Elgin Trench Watch, Sterling Silver Star WCCo Case w/ OFFSET CROWN, Big Size 0s Version, Original Factory Crown, BOLD Arabic Enamel Military Dial, Re-Lumed Dial & Hands, Kitchener Strap
1918 WWI Elgin Trench Watch, Sterling Silver Star WCCo Case w/ OFFSET CROWN, Big Size 0s Version, Original Factory Crown, BOLD Arabic Enamel Military Dial, Re-Lumed Dial & Hands, Kitchener Strap
Price: $785.00 $707.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable gold filled WWI Waltham "Admiral Benson" Trench Watch that features high grade 15 jewel movement! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in excellent condition and has been beautifully restored! Our Great Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 7-28-2017 and a brand new mainspring has also been installed. It's now in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. This watch has been tested on a professional timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! Take another look at picture number three again, this movement is clean as a whistle and stunning in it's beauty! I'm sure that you have noticed by now that this is not your ordinary trench watch case by a long shot! This is a 10k yellow gold filled trench watch case that was manufactured by the Illinois Watch Case Company, circa 1917. On September 5, 1917 the Illinois Watch Case Company gave proper names to four of their top of the line military wrist watch cases. This model was named the "Admiral Benson" after William S. Benson, the first Chief of Naval Operations. In 1909 he was promoted to Captain and Chief of Staff of the US Pacific Fleet. In 1911 he became the first commanding officer of the Battleship Utah. So, it makes complete sense that the IWCCo would name this case after him. The gold filled size 0s version of this case is pretty hard to come by. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. The bezel and case back both snap together crisply, just as they should. The case has been lightly hand polished and has a beautiful glowing finish once again. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable and popular that Waltham ever produced, the BOLD Arabic Military Dial. The dial features a bright white face, BOLD Arabic numerals, outer minute markers, the correct size 0s military hands for this dial, a sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed WALTHAM near the center. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a 14mm black leather strap that absolutely makes the watch! Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 8 inches and has a matching gold tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear on it because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? It's kind of like Ferris Bueller and that Ferrari, if you had access to one would you just leave it in a garage? I think not! Here are the movement details: 1907 Waltham, serial number 15194498, grade 165, size 0s, 15 jewels, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug to lug, 31.6mm without the crown with a 14mm lug diameter. A brand new glass crystal has been installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve on the crown tube, it now has a nice firm "pop", just as it should. This watch is ready to be worn and shown off, it will surely get noticed! I put a lot of time and effort into this Waltham. I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at it's finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of this gold filled WWI Waltham "Admiral Benson" Trench Watch! You will get a FREE signed copy of my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" with this purchase!

WWI Waltham "Admiral Benson" Trench Watch, Rare Gold Filled Version, Illinois Watch Case Company, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Correct Thick Blue Steel Hands, Leather Strap
WWI Waltham "Admiral Benson" Trench Watch, Rare Gold Filled Version, Illinois Watch Case Company, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Correct Thick Blue Steel Hands, Leather Strap
Price: $585.00 $527.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable WWI Elgin "BARREL" Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewel movement that dates back to 1918! An incredible 99 years old! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in excellent condition and has been beautifully restored! Our Great Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 7-20-2017 and a brand new mainspring has also been installed. It's now in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. This watch has been tested on a professional timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! Take another look at picture number three three again, this movement is clean as a whistle and stunning in it's beauty! I'm sure that you have noticed by now that this is not your ordinary trench watch case by a long shot! This is a sterling silver BARREL trench watch case that was manufactured by the Illinois Watch Case Company, circa 1918. This is one of the HARDEST cases to obtain that was made by the IWWCo! This case is highly prized by collectors for its sterling silver weigh, beauty and very unique case design. The bezel and case back both snap together crisply, just as they should. Plus, this watch still has the original factory sterling silver crown! This case is more than DOUBLE the weight of your run of the mill sterling silver trench watch case. Your average case only weighs around 11 grams, this IWWCo BARREL case weighs 23.6 grams without the movement and crystal. That is about 80% of an ounce. The case has been mildly hands polished and has a beautiful glowing finish once again. The case back was inscribed for the original owner. "Thomas J. Malone Minneapolis Minn From The Tribune Family 1918". This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable and popular that Elgin ever produced, the Shadow Box Military Dial. The dial features a bright white face, shadow box numerals, an outer chapter of minute markers, the correct & original center reservoir military hands, a sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed ELGIN near the center. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a 20mm genuine leather strap that absolutely makes the watch! The black strap with white stitching looks fantastic with the black and white enamel dial. Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 8.5 inches and has a matching silver tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear on it because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? It's kind of like Ferris Bueller and that Ferrari, if you had access to one would you just leave it in a garage? I think not! Here are the movement details: 1918 Elgin, serial number 21018622, grade 464, size 3/0s, 15 jewels. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures a whopping 43mm lug to lug, 32.8mm without the original factory crown with a nice and wide 20mm lug diameter. A brand new GS PK Lo-Dome crystal was just installed. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve on the crown tube, it now has a nice firm "pop", just as it should. This watch is ready to be worn and shown off, it will surely get noticed! I put a lot of time and effort into this Elgin. I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at it's finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of this 1918 WWI Elgin "BARREL" Trench Watch, or even another one for that matter! This one sets the bar! You will get a FREE signed copy of my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" with this purchase!


1918 WWI Elgin "BARREL" Trench Watch, Sterling Silver Illinois Case, Original Factory Crown, Heavy 23.6 Gram Case, 15 Jewels, Enamel Military Dial & Hands, 20mm Leather Strap
1918 WWI Elgin "BARREL" Trench Watch, Sterling Silver Illinois Case, Original Factory Crown, Heavy 23.6 Gram Case, 15 Jewels, Enamel Military Dial & Hands, 20mm Leather Strap
Price: $1,385.00 $1,247.00


Up for sale today is the rarest of the rare! This is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable gold filled WWI Elgin RED XII Trench Watch that features a high grade 17 jewel movement that dates back to 1915! This is by far the rarest Elgin Trench Watch movement you'll ever see. From 1914 thru 1933 Elgin produced about 2,000,000 size 3/0s movements. But, only 500 of the 2,000,000 were made with 17 jewels. That means that only 1/4 of 1% of ALL size 3/0s Elgin movements were made like this one. This is number 284 of the 500 grade 423 movements that were produced. The movement features a solid gold center wheel, solid gold raised jewel chatons and solid gold balance wheel screws! The movement pillar plate and bridges are made of solid nickel rather than nickel plated brass, a far superior design. This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB condition! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 7-20-2017, a new mainspring has also been installed. It's in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. This watch has been tested on a professional timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! Take another look at picture number three again, this movement is clean as a whistle and stunning in it's detailed beauty! I'm sure that you have noticed by now that this is not your ordinary trench watch case by a long shot! This is a 14k gold filled "Ramona" grade DOUBLE STOCK trench watch case that was manufactured by the Illinois Watch Case Company. Double stock means that the case was gold plated not once but twice! This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. Plus, this case still has the original factory crown! The case has been lightly hand polished, it now has a beautiful finish once again. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel military dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable they ever produced, the BOLD Roman Numeral RED XII. The dial features a white face, BOLD Roman numerals, an outer chapter of minute markers, the correct hands for this dial, signed "ELGIN" near the center with the RED XII at the top. This dial features a little something extra, a "MADE IN USA" stamp just above the second hand. All RED XII dials do not have this extra stamp but this one does. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown distressed leather Kitchener Strap that absolutely makes the watch! The strap was hand made by the Prairie Flower Leather Company in Nebraska. Very high quality strap that was made using a sewing machine from the Great War era! Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 8.5 inches and has a matching gold tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear on it because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? It's kind of like Ferris Bueller and that Ferrari, if you had access to one would you just leave it in a garage? I think not! Here are the movement details: 1915 Elgin, 17 jewels, size 3/0s, serial number 18628284, grade 423. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 36mm lug to lug, 31mm without the original factory crown with a 10mm lug diameter. A brand new glass crystal was just installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve on the crown tube, it now has a nice firm "pop", just as it should. This watch is ready to be worn and shown off, it will surely get noticed! I put a lot of time and effort into this Elgin, I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at it's finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of this 1915 WWI Elgin RED XII Trench Watch featuring one of the 500 grade 423 movements, or even another one for that matter! This one sets the bar! You will get a FREE signed copy of my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" with this purchase!


1915 WWI Elgin RED XII Trench Watch, ONLY 500 of These Movements Were EVER Made, 17 Jewels, Size 3/0s, DOUBLE STOCK Gold Filled Illinois Case, Factory Crown, Leather Kitchener Strap
1915 WWI Elgin RED XII Trench Watch, ONLY 500 of These Movements Were EVER Made, 17 Jewels, Size 3/0s, DOUBLE STOCK Gold Filled Illinois Case, Factory Crown, Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $1,685.00 $1,517.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable WWI Elgin RED 12 Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewels movement that dates back to 1914! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB original condition! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 7-22-2017, a new mainspring has also been installed. It's in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. This watch has been tested on a professional timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! Take another look at picture number three again, this movement is clean as a whistle and stunning in it's detailed beauty! I'm sure that you have noticed by now that this is not your ordinary trench watch case by a long shot! This is a silverode trench watch case that was manufactured by the Philadelphia Watch Case Company. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. Plus, this case still has the original factory crown! The case is in beautifully aged original condition, it has NOT been polished. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is probably the most difficult to obtain out of all of the Elgin RED 12's, this one does NOT have a second hand. These dials are extremely rare and are quite difficult to obtain these days, especially in this pristine condition. The dial features a white face, shadow box numerals, an outer chapter of minute markers, the correct size 0s center reservoir military hands for this dial, signed "ELGIN MADE IN USA" near the center with the RED 12 at the top. The hands and dial are in fantastic original condition with most of the original factory lum still in-tact! The dial does not have any hairlines, chips or cracks, it is superb. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown distressed leather Kitchener Strap that absolutely makes the watch! The strap was hand made by the Prairie Flower Leather Company in Nebraska. Very high quality strap that was made using a sewing machine from the Great War era! Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 8.5 inches and has a matching silver tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear on it because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? It's kind of like Ferris Bueller and that Ferrari, if you had access to one would you just leave it in a garage? I think not! Here are the movement details: 1914 Elgin, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 18012179, grade 354. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug to lug, 32.6mm without the original factory crown with a 10mm lug diameter. A brand new glass crystal was just installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve on the crown tube, it now has a nice firm "pop", just as it should. This watch is ready to be worn and shown off, it will surely get noticed! I put a lot of time and effort into this Elgin, I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at it's finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of an original condition 1914 WWI Elgin RED 12 Trench Watch featuring this rare dial, this one sets the bar! You will get a FREE signed copy of my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" with this purchase!


1914 WWI Elgin Trench Watch, RARE RED 12 Enamel Military Dial with no Second Hand, Original Factory Lum, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, Original Factory Crown, Leather Kitchener Strap
1914 WWI Elgin Trench Watch, RARE RED 12 Enamel Military Dial with no Second Hand, Original Factory Lum, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, Original Factory Crown, Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $885.00 $797.00






Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewel movement that dates back to 1919! An incredible 98 years old! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in excellent condition and has been beautifully restored! Our Great Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 7-14-2017 and a brand new mainspring has also been installed. It's now in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. This watch has been tested on a professional timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! Take another look at picture number three three again, this movement is clean as a whistle and stunning in it's beauty! I'm sure that you have noticed by now that this is not your ordinary trench watch case by a long shot! This is a silveroid trench watch case that was manufactured by the Keystone Watch Case Company, circa 1918. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. The bezel and case back both snap together crisply, just as they should. The hinged case back only opens up to 90 degrees, just as it should. Plus, this watch still has the original factory over-sized crown! The case has been nicely polished and has a beautiful glowing finish once again. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable and popular that Waltham ever produced, the Shadow Box Military Dial. The dial features a bright white face, shadow box numerals, outer minute markers, the re-lumed skeleton hands, a sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed WALTHAM near the center. They hands have been re-lumed using Bergeon luminous material, they will glow in the dark once properly charged by sunlight This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown distressed leather Kitchener Strap that absolutely makes the watch! The strap was hand made by the Prairie Flower Leather Company in Nebraska. Very high quality strap that was made using a sewing machine from the Great War era! Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 8 inches and has a matching silver tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear on it because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? It's kind of like Ferris Bueller and that Ferrari, if you had access to one would you just leave it in a garage? I think not! Here are the movement details: 1919 Waltham, serial number 22232755, grade 366, size 3/0s, 15 jewels, model 1907. This movement has a solid gold center wheel and solid gold raised jewel chatons! They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 41mm lug to lug, 31.5mm without the original factory crown with a 10mm lug diameter. A brand new glass crystal has been installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve on the crown tube, it now has a nice firm "pop", just as it should. This watch is ready to be worn and shown off, it will surely get noticed! I put a lot of time and effort into this Waltham. I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at it's finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of this 1919 Waltham Trench Watch, this one sets the bar! You will get a FREE signed copy of my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" with this purchase!


This Waltham has been SOLD.




Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features an INTEGRATED CRYSTAL GUARD and a high grade 15 jewel movement that dates back to 1918! An incredible 99 years old! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in excellent original condition! Our Great Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 7-1-2017 and a brand new mainspring has also been installed. It's now in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. This watch has been tested on a professional timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! Take another look at picture number three three again, this movement is clean as a whistle and stunning in it's beauty! I'm sure that you have noticed by now that this is not your ordinary trench watch case by a long shot! This is a four piece OreSilver trench watch case with an integrated crystal guard that was manufactured by the Joseph Fahys & Company, circa 1918. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, it is by far one of the most sought after designs from the Great War. The bezel, guard and case back all snap together crisply, just as they should. Plus, this watch still has the original factory crown! The case has NOT been polished, it is still in very good original condition so I chose to leave it alone. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable and popular that Waltham ever produced, the Shadow Box Military Dial. The dial features a bright white face, shadow box numerals, outer minute markers, the re-lumed skeleton hands, a sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed WALTHAM near the center. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a two piece dark brown leather strap that absolutely makes the watch! Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 8 inches and has a matching silver tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear on it because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? It's kind of like Ferris Bueller and that Ferrari, if you had access to one would you just leave it in a garage? I think not! Here are the movement details: 1918 Waltham, serial number 21264475, grade 365, size 0s, 15 jewels, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug to lug, 33mm without the original factory crown with a nice and wide 16mm lug diameter. The crystal is still in very good condition so I chose to leave it alone. I installed a brand new inner sleeve on the crown tube, it now has a nice firm "pop", just as it should. This watch is ready to be worn and shown off, it will surely get noticed! I put a lot of time and effort into this Waltham. I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at it's finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of this 1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch with an Integrated Crystal Guard, this one sets the bar! You will get a FREE signed copy of my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" with this purchase!

1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Joseph Fahys OreSilver Case with an INTEGRATED CRYSTAL GUARD, Original Factory Crown, 15 Jewels, Enamel Military Dial & Hands, Brown Leather Strap
1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Joseph Fahys OreSilver Case with an INTEGRATED CRYSTAL GUARD, Original Factory Crown, 15 Jewels, Enamel Military Dial & Hands, Brown Leather Strap
Price: $1,085.00 $977.00





I have recently obtained the ONLY Generation #4 Depollier Waterproof Wrist Watch known to exist. Generation #1 and Generation #2 Depollier Waterproof Wrist Watches were in fact advertised but neither one of them has ever been found or documented. The black case Generation #3 Depolliers Waterproof Wrist Watches are well known and highly coveted by collectors. Gen #3 Depolliers in good condition are pretty hard to come by but they can be found, you might see ONE good example per year if you are lucky. NOBODY even knew that a Gen#4 Depollier Waterproof Wrist Watch existed until late May of 2017. This Generation #4 Depollier Waterproof came out between June 1922 and December 1925, I am still trying to work on narrowing those dates down if possible. The movement features the Brun/Depollier "shock absorber" that was patented on June 6, 1922. You can clearly see in the pictures that some of Depollier's early patented waterproof technology made it into this 4th waterpoof design with one major design change, the crown. The crown is not "screw down" as seen on earlier case designs. This crown features a friction fit bow that pushes the crown down into a gasket to form the waterproof seal, a radically different design. Believe it or not but this Gen #4 Depollier was Swiss made, previously all Depollier military watch watch cases were made in the United States. After the Great War in the early through mid 1920's Depollier was having major financial troubles. I was recently able to obtain tax appeal documents that directly pertain to the Depollier story. Nobody really knew for certain what happened to Depollier after 1922, that is until now. These tax appeal docs tell the story of Depollier's troubles, the flood gates have finally been opened. There were several attempts at corporate restructuring and at least two new companies were formed with Depollier at the helm, they all ended badly shortly after they were started. We currently believe that this Generation #4 Depollier Waterproof Wrist Watch was a last ditch effort by Depollier to get back on top. He owed a lot of money to a lot of people so he took his technology rights and had this Gen #4 made in Switzerland. Due to the EXTREME RARITY of this watch I decided not to take any chances, I am NOT a Swiss movement expert. So, I sent the watch to one of the best watchmakers on the planet, Roland Murphy of the RGM Watch Company. The Gen #4 Depollier 15 jewel movement is currently be overhauled by the RGM team. My field of expertise lays in American made movements, not Swiss, so the best option was to have RGM do the work. No cosmetic work will be done on this piece only mechanical repairs, originality will be key to holding its value. The case measures 40mm lug tip to lug tip, 34mm not including the crown tube with an 18mm lug diameter. The case is made of STERLING SILVER! The case alone weighs in at 26.4 grams, that is just short of one full ounce of sterling silver! Thousands of people have read about this watch across several internet watch forums and not a single person has stepped forward claiming to have seen a Gen #4 previously. I have also spoken to several vintage watch experts from around the world and none of them have ever seen a Gen #4 Depollier Waterproof either. The ONLY Generation #4 Depollier Waterproof Wrist Watch known to exist will be up for sale after it returns from the RGM Watch Company in 4-6 weeks. For now enjoy the pictures! If you would like to see larger more detailed pics of the watch you can visit my "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" Facebook page.


The Depollier price is currently pending.

If you would like to be contacted when the Depollier goes up for sale please send me a message. You will be put on "the list" and contacted soon as I get it back from RGM.



 
 
My latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" just arrived on December 10, 2015 and is now available for purchase here on my web page. My first book "Elgin Trench Watches of the Great War" is currently available for purchase on AmazonClick on the "Trench Watch Book" tabs on the left to buy your copies now. 


My latest book, "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" has been reviewed by award winning writer and critic Bruce Shawkey. His review is incredibly favorable to say the least!!! Here is a quote from Bruce's review: "It is not just a book about military watches, it is a book about the dawn of the American wrist watch industry"Another quote from Bruce's review: "If you are going to buy only one book in 2016 make it "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War".


This review was originally published in the January/February 2016 issue of the "Watch & Clock Bulletin" magazine, a journal of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. For more information about the association and its membership benefits, please visit nawcc.org.

Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War, a review by Bruce Shawkey part 1

Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War, a review by Bruce Shawkey part 2



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