LRF Antique Watches - Specializing in Elgin Trench Watches & Waltham Trench Watches
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Up for sale today is one of the MOST collectible trench watches ever made! This is a 1918 WWI Elgin Trench Watch that was ISSUED by the US Army and it still has almost ALL of the required ORIGINAL BLACK FINISH still in-tact! This trench watch is VERY difficult to obtain, you just don't see many of the US Army issued models. This model served the United States in BOTH World Wars! Talk about American history! This is backed up by the War Department Technical Manuel TM 9-575 dated May 4, 1942 that clearly shows an illustration of the watch. This solid nickel SEMI-HERMETIC case made by the Illinois Watch Case Company was only available to the US Army, it was NOT available to the general public. Semi-hermetic means that the bezel and case back are threaded so they screw on and off, this is a far superior case design when compared to cases that snap together (friction cases). 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 12-6-2017 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! This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially it being an "issued" watch. The case has NOT been polished, it still has the ORIGINAL BLACK FINISH STILL IN-TACT! Plus, this watch still has the original factory crown, also with the ORIGINAL BLACK FINISH!!! On October 24, 1916 the US Army issued General Specification 579-D for wrist watches. This spec required that all cases have a "dull black finish". Over time the original black factory finish wears off but this one is still in absolutely beautiful condition. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this Elgin Trench Watch is among the most desirable you will ever see, the enamel Black Star Dial! The dial features a black face, white numerals, 48 stars as minute markers, the correct silver tone center reservoir military hands, a sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed ELGIN within the Eagle crest near the center. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a 14mm green canvas strap from WWII that absolutely makes the watch! This is the strap the watch was fitted with during the second World War according to the War Department manual TM 9-575. Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 7.75 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: 1917 Elgin, serial number 20454991, grade 417, size 3/0s, 7 jewels. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 42mm lug to lug, 32.6mm without the original factory crown with a 14mm lug diameter. This is the ORIGINAL FACTORY GLASS CRYSTAL too! The inner sleeve on the crown tube is still in fantastic condition, the crown 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 US Army ISSUED Elgin Trench Watch with the ORIGINAL BLACK FINISH, 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 US ARMY ISSUED Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, ORIGINAL BLACK FINISH STILL IN-TACT, Semi-Hermetic Illinois Case, Original Factory Crown, Original Factory Glass Crystal, US Army Green Canvas Strap
1918 WWI US ARMY ISSUED Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, ORIGINAL BLACK FINISH STILL IN-TACT, Semi-Hermetic Illinois Case, Original Factory Crown, Original Factory Glass Crystal, US Army Green Canvas Strap
Price: $1,485.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable sterling silver SEMI-HERMETIC Waltham RED XII Trench Watch that features an OFFSET CROWN and a high grade 15 jewel movement that dates back to 1919! 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 12-5-2017 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 with all of the extra gold tone finishes! 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 SEMI-HERMETIC trench watch case with an OFFSET CROWN that was manufactured by the Philadelphia Watch Case Company, circa 1918. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the COIN EDGE BEZEL. The bezel and case back are both threaded and the threading is in perfect condition. Nobody has tried to open this case the wrong way by prying it open which would damage the case. Plus, this watch still has the ORIGINAL FACTORY OVERSIZED CROWN! The case has been nicely hand polished, I chose to leave the finish "frosted" for that aged look. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable and popular that Waltham ever produced, the RED XII Roman Numeral Military Dial. The dial features a bright white face, Roman numerals, an outer chapter of minute markers, the correct size 3/0s blue steel hands for this dial, a sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed "WALTHAM USA" near the center with the RED XII at the top. 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 22631116, grade 315, size 3/0s, 15 jewels, model 1900. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 40mm lug to lug, 32.5mm without the original factory crown with a 10mm lug diameter. I chose to re-install the original glass crystal after the case work was completed as it is still in very good condition. I was installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. The inner sleeve on the crown tube is still in superb condition with a nice firm "pop", just as it should be. 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 WWI Waltham RED XII Trench Watch with a 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!


This Waltham has been SOLD.




Up for sale today is one of the MOST collectible trench watches ever made! This is a 1918 WWI Elgin Trench Watch that was ISSUED by the US Army! This trench watch is VERY difficult to obtain, you just don't see many of the US Army issued models. This model served the United States in BOTH World Wars! Talk about history! This is backed up by the War Department Technical Manuel TM 9-575 dated May 4, 1942 that clearly shows an illustration of the watch. This solid nickel SEMI-HERMETIC case made by the Illinois Watch Case Company was only available to the US Army, it was NOT available to the general public. Semi-hermetic means that the bezel and case back are threaded so they screw on and off, this is a far superior case design when compared to cases that snap together (friction cases). 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 11-2-2017 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! This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially it being an "issued" watch. The case has NOT been polished, it is in original untouched condition. Plus, this watch still has the original factory crown!!! This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this Elgin Trench Watch is among the most desirable you will ever see, the enamel Black Star Dial! The dial features a black face, white numerals, 48 stars as minute markers, the correct silver tone center reservoir military hands, a sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed ELGIN within the Eagle crest near the center. The hands and numerals have been re-lumed back to what this watch looked like 99 years ago using "aged" brown lume, they will glow in the dark once properly charged by sunlight. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a 14mm green canvas strap from WWII that absolutely makes the watch! This is the strap the watch was fitted with during the second World War according to the War Department manual TM 9-575. Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about 7.75 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: 1917 Elgin, serial number 20611038, grade 417, size 3/0s, 7 jewels. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 42mm lug to lug, 32.6mm without the original factory crown with a 14mm lug diameter. A brand new glass has been installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a new stem and inner sleeve in the crown tube. 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 US Army ISSUED Elgin 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 US ARMY ISSUED Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, Semi-Hermetic Illinois Case, Original Factory Crown, Size 3/0s, New "Aged" Brown Lume on Dial & Hands, US Army Green Canvas Strap
1918 WWI US ARMY ISSUED Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, Semi-Hermetic Illinois Case, Original Factory Crown, Size 3/0s, New "Aged" Brown Lume on Dial & Hands, US Army Green Canvas Strap
Price: $1,175.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable gold filled WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewel movement! 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 11-6-2017, 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 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 gold filled trench watch case that was manufactured by the North American Watch Case Company, circa 1917. 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, just lightly buffed. This case is a bit larger than your run of the mill case of the day, it measures 38mm lug tip to lug tip, 33.5mm not including the crown with a 10mm lug diameter. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is probably the most desirable that Waltham ever produced, the enamel BOLD Arabic Military Dial. The dial features a white face, BOLD Arabic numerals, outer minute markers, the correct size 0s thick blue steel hands and is signed "WALTHAM" near the center. The dial does not have any hairlines, chips or cracks, it's in superb condition. 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: 1907 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 15359852, grade 165, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! I chose to leave in the original glass crystal as it is still in very good condition. 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 an original condition gold filled WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a BOLD Arabic Military 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!


WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Gold Filled North American Watch Case Company Case, BIG 33.5mm Version, Original factory Crown, 15 Jewels, Enamel BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Thick Blue Steel Hands, Kitchener Strap
WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Gold Filled North American Watch Case Company Case, BIG 33.5mm Version, Original factory Crown, 15 Jewels, Enamel BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Thick Blue Steel Hands, Kitchener Strap
Price: $725.00







Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable WWI Elgin RED XII Trench Watch that features a high grade 13 jewel movement! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB 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 10-12-2017, 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 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 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 enamel BOLD Roman Numeral RED XII military dial. The enamel dial features a white face, BOLD Roman numerals, an outer chapter of minute markers, thick blue steel hands, signed "ELGIN USA" near the center with the RED XII at the top. The dial does have a mild hairline near the three but nothing that I would consider major. 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: 1912 Elgin, 13 jewels, size 0s, serial number 17408431, grade 406. They just don't make them like this anymore! A brand new glass crystal has been installed, 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 WWI Elgin Trench Watch featuring a BOLD Roman Numeral RED XII military 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!


This Elgin has been SOLD.



Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely rare Gold Filled OFFSET CROWN WWI Elgin "Admiral Benson" Trench Watch featuring an INCREDIBLY RARE 24 HOUR ENAMEL MILITARY DIAL! 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 9-4-2017 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 gold filled trench watch case featuring an OFFSET CROWN that was manufactured by the Illinois Watch Case Company during the Great War in 1917. This is only the SECOND gold filled "Admiral Benson" featuring an offset crown that I've ever seen, this model is VERY RARE. Offset crown cushion case trench watches are incredibly difficult to obtain, finding one in gold fill is just about impossible! On September 5, 1917 the Illinois Watch Case Company gave proper names to four of their top of the line military 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. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the offset crown. The bezel and case back both snap together crisply, just as they should. The case has NOT been polished, it is in original untouched condition. The case does have a few gold fill wear spots, nothing that I would consider major. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel Elgin dial on this trench watch is among the rarest you will ever see, the 24 Hour Military Dial! The dial features a bright white face, BOLD Arabic numerals, red 24 hour time numerals, outer minute markers, the correct thick blue steel 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 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: 1915 Elgin, serial number 18977401, grade 418, size 3/0s, 7 jewels. 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 has been installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a new stem and inner sleeve in the crown tube. 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 Gold Filled WWI Elgin "Admiral Benson" Trench Watch featuring an OFFSET CROWN and a 24 HOUR MILITARY DIAL, 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!


This Elgin has been SOLD.


 
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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