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RED 12 Waltham Trench Watch & RED 12 Elgin Trench Watch

RED XII Elgin Trench Watches & Waltham Trench Watches are among my favorite American trench watches. They are prized by collectors for their stunning overall beauty and mystery. Nobody has been able to unlock the origins of the RED 12 dials, in all likelihood the RED 12's were first used by the Swiss watchmakers starting around the year 1900. My best guess is that Waltham starting using RED 12's around 1911 and Elgin started using them around 1912 but nobody knows for certain. Why a RED 12 at all? Some folks say that it is just an easy reference point for telling the time while others suggest that it started out as decorative addition to the dial. Your guess is probably a pretty good explanation too. After awhile these RED 12 dials found their way to Swiss and American WWI military watches and became a staple. Elgin and Waltham manufactured dozens of RED 12 styles such as Arabic, Arabic military, Roman & Bold Roman. Red 12's were available on enamel as well as metal dials from Waltham and Elgin. Most of these RED 12 dials were specifically manufactured for the European and other overseas markets like Australia, they were also very popular in Canada. The most desirable of the RED 12's also had a "USA" or Made in USA" stamp on the dial just below the manufacturers signature or just above the sub dial. I've even seen a few very rare versions that had a double "Made in USA" stamp but these are extremely hard to come by. I have restored well over 100 RED 12 Trench Watches, the ones pictured below are just some of my favorites.
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RED 12 Trench WatchRED 12 Trench WatchRED 12 Trench WatchRED 12 Trench WatchRED 12 Trench WatchRED 12 Trench Watch
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