LRF Antique Watches - Specializing in Elgin Trench Watches & Waltham Trench Watches
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Listings updated on February 20, 2018


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable sterling silver WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewel movement and a Frank Farr "Pinwheel" Crystal Guard! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB condition and has been respectfully restored! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 2-12-2018, 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 very desirable sterling silver trench watch case that was manufactured by American Watch Case Company, circa 1916. This sterling case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. Plus, this case still has the original factory sterling silver crown! I chose to hand polish the sterling silver case on this one, it had some very uneven aging. This Waltham Trench Watch features the 34mm Frank Farr "Pinwheel" design crystal guard. Mr. Farr designed this guard back in February of 1916, his design patent was granted on September 26, 1916. The guard is in factastic original condition. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable that Waltham ever produced, the Shadow Box Military Dial. The dial features a white face, shadow box numerals, outer minute markers, the correct skeleton hands for this dial and is signed WALTHAM near the center. I chose to re-lume the military dial and skeleton hands using brown "aged" lume for that perfect vintage look. 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 eight 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: 1910 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 17761936, grade 165, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug tip to lug tip, 32.8mm not including the original factory crown with a 11mm 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 Frank Farr 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, Sterling Silver AWCCo Case, Original Factory Crown, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, Frank Farr "Pinwheel" Crystal Guard, Re-Lumed Enamel Military Dial & Skeleton Hands, Dark Brown Leather Kitchener Strap
WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Sterling Silver AWCCo Case, Original Factory Crown, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, Frank Farr "Pinwheel" Crystal Guard, Re-Lumed Enamel Military Dial & Skeleton Hands, Dark Brown Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $840.00







Up for sale today is one of the MOST collectible trench watches ever made! This is a 1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch that was ISSUED by the US Army and it features a 19 JEWEL RIVERSIDE MAXIMUS movement! This trench watch is VERY difficult to obtain, you just don't see many of the US Army issued models. 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 and the VAST majority of the US Army required BLACK CASE FINISH is still intact! The original movement was beyond repair so I chose to install the BEST Waltham produced that would go into a trench watch, the 19 JEWEL RIVERSIDE MAXIMUS. Riverside Maximus movements feature a SOLID GOLD GEAR TRAIN, SOLID GOLD raised jewel chatons, SOLID GOLD balance wheel screws. Sapphire jewels on a pallet fork, Rubies on the pivots and Diamond cap jewels on both ends of the balance staff. Our Great Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 2-3-2018 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 with the original black case finish. Plus, this watch still has the original factory crown!!! This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this Waltham Trench Watch is among the most desirable you will ever see, the Shadow Box Military Dial! The dial features a white face, shadow box numerals, the correct skeleton hands for this dial, a sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed WALTHAM near the center. The hands and numerals have most of the original factory lume still intact! This historic and iconic American military trench watch has been fitted with a 14mm green canvas 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 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: 1904 Waltham, serial number 12644119, Maximus grade, size 3/0s, 19 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 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 1918 US Army ISSUED Waltham Trench Watch, or even another one for that matter. 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).


1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, US Army ISSUED Model, 19 JEWEL RIVERSIDE MAXIMUS Movement, SOLID GOLD GEAR TRAIN, Original Required BLACK CASE FINISH, Semi-Hermetic Illinois Case, Original Factory Crown, Shadow Box Military Dial, Original Factory Lume, Green Canvas Strap
1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, US Army ISSUED Model, 19 JEWEL RIVERSIDE MAXIMUS Movement, SOLID GOLD GEAR TRAIN, Original Required BLACK CASE FINISH, Semi-Hermetic Illinois Case, Original Factory Crown, Shadow Box Military Dial, Original Factory Lume, Green Canvas Strap
Price: $1,985.00











Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 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 12-27-2017, 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 nickel trench watch case with SWIVEL LUGS that was manufactured by the Illinois Watch Case Company, circa 1918. This is a very unique case from the IWWCo, swivel lugs, round case body with a cushion shaped bezel. This swivel lug design from the IWCCo was patented on September 3, 1918, patent number 1277937. 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 being nicely hand polished. This case is a bit larger than your run of the mill case of the day, it measures 45mm lug tip to lug tip, 32.5mm not including the crown with a 14mm 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 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 8.5 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: 1907 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 15359852, grade 165, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! 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 a very unique case design, 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)


1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Nickel Case by the Illinois Watch Case Company, SWIVEL LUGS, Unique Case Design, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Thick Blue Steel Hands, Black Leather Strap
1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Nickel Case by the Illinois Watch Case Company, SWIVEL LUGS, Unique Case Design, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Thick Blue Steel Hands, Black Leather Strap
Price: $765.00


 
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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