LRF Antique Watches - Specializing in Elgin Trench Watches & Waltham Trench Watches
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Listings updated on April 17, 2018


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 16 jewel movement and an OFFSET CROWN! 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 high grade movement with many solid gold parts movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 4-09-2018, 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 with an OFFSET CROWN that was manufactured by the Philadelphia 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 beautiful condition and has been nicely hand polished. This Waltham has been fitted with the 1917 - 1918 Mealy Manufacturing "DUO" crystal guard. This is the "snap-on" version so it snaps on directly over the bezel. 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 cracks. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown 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: 1905 Waltham, 16 jewels, size 0s, serial number 14103931, Lady Waltham grade, model 1900. It is a well documented fact that Lady Waltham grade movements were used in trench watches, many advertisements back this up. This high grade movement features a solid gold center wheel, solid gold raised jewel chatons and solid gold balance wheel screws! They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug tip to lug tip, 32.6mm not including 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 its finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of this WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a BOLD Arabic Military Dial and an OFFSET CROWN, this one sets the bar!


This Waltham has been SOLD.




Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewel movement and a Telephone Dial Crystal Guard. 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 3-16-2018, a brand 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, 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. Plus, this case still has the original factory crown! The case has been nicely polished and has a beautiful finish once again. This Waltham Trench Watch has been fitted with the highly sought after sterling silver  Telephone Dial Crystal Guard that was designed by Louis Jacot. Jacot's design for this guard was patented on July 23, 1918. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable that Waltham ever produced, the BOLD Arabic Military Dial. The dial features a white face, BOLD Arabic numerals, outer minute markers, the correct thick blue steel hands for this dial and is signed WALTHAM near the center. The dial is in excellent condition without any hairlines, chips or cracks. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown 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: 1908 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 15909207, grade 165, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug tip to lug tip, 32.6mm not including the original factory crown with a 10mm lug diameter. 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 Waltham, I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at its finest! You would be seriously hard pressed to find a finer example of this WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a BOLD Arabic Military Dial and a sterling silver Telephone Dial Crystal Guard, this one sets the bar! You will receive a FREE signed copy of my latest book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War" with this purchase. (domestic USA only).


WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Philadelphia Silverode Case, Original Factory Crown, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, Sterling Silver Telephone Dial Crystal Guard, Enamel BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Leather Kitchener Strap
WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Philadelphia Silverode Case, Original Factory Crown, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, Sterling Silver Telephone Dial Crystal Guard, Enamel BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $985.00





 
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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