LRF Antique Watches - Specializing in Elgin Trench Watches & Waltham Trench Watches
RSS
powered by

My Blog

Army Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka Pershing

I recently acquired this VERY RARE Elgin Trench Watch in February 2012 so I thought that I would share it with you guys, it is rarely seen.This is an Army Issued 1918 WWI Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch. What makes this watch so incredibly rare is the United States Army ORD Department stamp with a serial number on the outside of the case back. This watch was actually issued by the US Army in mid-1918! It is a very common misconception that this watch is called a Pershing, it in fact is not. It is called a "black star dial" trench watch. A version of this watch was given the name "Pershing" in February of 1919 just after WWI ended. A "Pershing" has a cushion case with spring bars. The "Foch" came in a round trench case and the "Kitchener" came in a squared trench case with rounded edges. All of them had the same black dial. These were the very first "named" Elgin wrist watches. The surplus of these military watches were released to the general public due to the Armistice. They were given these names to honor the three main military leaders of the Allied Forces, General Pershing, Marshall Foch and Lord Kitchener. You could buy one of these black star dial trench watches towards the end of WWI in a military base PX but they looked a bit different than the US Army issued version. The dial and hands were different. Plus, the issued version of this watch had the case painted black to Army specifications. You can still see remnants of this black paint on the case when it is taken apart. This watch is in it's 100% original condition  except for the crystal & strap.
 
Army Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka PershingArmy Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka PershingArmy Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka PershingArmy Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka PershingArmy Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka PershingArmy Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka Pershing
Army Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka PershingArmy Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka PershingArmy Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka PershingArmy Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka PershingArmy Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka PershingArmy Issued 1918 Elgin Black Star Dial Trench Watch, aka Pershing
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint