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WW1 Trench Watch

This is an incredibly rare WWI Elgin Trench Watch features a 7 jewel movement which dates back to 1917 and one of the most sought after Shrapnel Guards of all time ! ! ! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB condition and has been meticulously restored ! ! !  The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 2-2-2012. It's in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. The movement is an incredible 96 years old ! ! ! ! The 7 jewel movement is set inside a very nice "silverode" trench watch case that was manufactured by the Philadelphia Watch Case Company during the Great War. The case measures a 39mm lug to lug and 32mm without the ORIGINAL FACTORY CROWN, 10mm lug diameter ! ! ! The Shrapnel Guard on this Elgin is one of the MOST sought after and RAREST designs from the Great War ! ! ! The guard was designed by Harry Daw of High Wycombe, England. He applied for this "lath style" design patent on January 17, 1916 and the patent was actually granted on December 11, 1917. On the inside of the guard it states that the patent has been applied for so this one was made before the patent was actually granted making it one of the very first to be manufactured. This guard is made of solid nickel and it's in fantastic condition. This is only the 2nd one of these guards that I've seen so that should tell you something about it's rarity ! ! ! The guard measures 46mm lug to lug, 35.5mm going across with a 10mm lug diameter. The enamel military dial on this Elgin is simply out of this world, the Shadow Box Military Numeral Dial ! ! ! It features a bright white face, shadow box military numerals, an outer chapter of minute markers, the CORRECT & ORIGINAL 1917 model year military hands, sunken sub-second at 6 o'clock and is signed ELGIN near the center. There is also a "USA" stamp just below the Elgin signature which is very rare for this type of dial! The dial does NOT have any hairlines, chips or cracks, it's in SUPERB condition ! ! ! The back side of the dial was date stamped at the Elgin factory when manufactured. The stamp reads "11 - 16" for November of 1916. The hands have just been re-lumed, they will glow green in the dark once charged by sunlight. This historic and iconic trench watch has been fitted with a brand new genuine leather Bund Strap that absolutely makes the watch! Take a look at picture number two again, this watch just looks stunning on the wrist! Here are the movement details: 1917 Elgin, 7 jewels, size 3/0s, grade 417, serial number 20221641. Elgin stopped manufacturing size 0s movements in 1916 so this movement is a size 3/0s with a size jumping spacer, common practice of the day so the larger size 0s case could be used. This Elgin movement has a VERY beautiful demaskeen design, they just don't make them like this any more! This is truly one of the most sought after and iconic trench watches from the Great War ! ! !
1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard
1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard1917 Elgin Trench Watch with an Incredibly RARE "LATH Shrapnel Guard
 
 
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