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Waltham Depollier Trench Watches from WWI

Some of my favorite trench watch cases from WWI were made by J. Depollier & Son out of New York. These cases had superior quality design features that made them top shelf. In September 1917 Depollier came out with their "double clinched bezel" which helped prevent dust and moisture from infiltrating the watch. Their watch cases made before September of 1917 did not have this design feature. It is a very common misconception that there is something wrong with the watch if it does not have the "double clinched bezel" which could be no further from the truth, these are simply earlier versions of the well known "KHAKI" Trench Watches. Depollier cases were very well made, the bezels and case backs always snap together crisply. Depollier cases were available in Nickel, Sterling Silver, 14k Solid Gold, 18k Solid Gold and Platinum. Depollier was at the forefront of waterproof case design and they introduced the  "Depollier Waterproof and Dustproof Strap Watch" in June of 1919, this is one of the most coveted WWI Trench Watches to obtain by collectors. Many sterling silver trench watches cases manufactured during WWI were rather flimsy and only had about 8-9 grams of sterling silver in the case construction. In 1918 Depollier came out with their cushion design that had 19 grams of sterling silver, this case was very robust and designed for the riggers of warfare. Enjoy viewing the pictures below featuring many of the Depollier case designs with a vast range of case materials.
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