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Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable 36mm sterling silver 1917 WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewel movement with a private label BOLD Arabic enamel military dial! This absolutely remarkable piece of American/English 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 11-4-2018, 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 BIG 36mm sterling silver semi-hermetic trench watch case that was manufactured by the Dennison Watch Case Company of Birmingham England. The hallmarks on the inside of the case back: the anchor for Birmingham England, the lion for sterling silver, the date letter code of "S" for 1917, A.L.D. for Aaron Lufkin Dennison. This is a "semi-hermetic" case, this 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 are "friction fit" (snap together cases), this design was meant to keep the elements out of the watch movement. Nobody over the past 100 years tried to open the case the wrong way by prying it open, the threading track is in great condition. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the coin edge bezel and case back. Plus, this case still has the original factory sterling silver crown! The case has been nicely polished, has a beautiful finish once again. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable that Waltham ever produced, the BOLD Arabic Military Dial. This is a private label military dial made for Young's of London (London Ontario Canada). The dial features a white face, BOLD Arabic numerals, outer minute markers and the correct size 0s blue steel hands for this dial. This dial is in mint condition without any hairlines, chips or cracks! This historic and iconic American/English trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown 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 7.75" 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: 1909 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 17596789, grade 165, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! This case is MUCH bigger than your average run of the mill WWI trench watch case, it measures a whopping 42mm lug tip to lug tip, 36mm not including the original factory crown with an 11mm lug diameter. I installed a brand new glass crystal. The crystal 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 BIG 36mm sterling silver 1917 WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a private label BOLD Arabic military dial with a coin edge bezel and case back, 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 for book).

1917 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, BIG 36mm Sterling Silver Dennison Case, SEMI-HERMETIC, Original Factory Crown, 15 Jewels, Coin Edge Bezel & Case Back, Private Label BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Blue Steel Hands, Leather Kitchener Strap
1917 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, BIG 36mm Sterling Silver Dennison Case, SEMI-HERMETIC, Original Factory Crown, 15 Jewels, Coin Edge Bezel & Case Back, Private Label BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Blue Steel Hands, Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $1,385.00 $1,177.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable sterling silver cushion case WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewel movement and a Glagovsky "Daisy" Crystal Guard. This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in superb condition! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 11-2-2018, 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 sterling silver cushion style trench watch case, BIG size 0s version, that was manufactured by the Joseph Fahys & Company, circa 1918. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the cushion case design. Plus, this case still has the original factory gold filled crown! Yes, Fahys used gold filled crowns on their sterling silver cases, so did a few other manufacturers. The sterling silver case has been nicely polished, it has a beautiful finish once again. This Waltham has been fitted with a Glagovsky "Daisy" Crystal Guard that was patented on September 4, 1917. This guard has the exact same dimensions as the case, it is a perfect fit! The guard has been sewn onto the case lugs through the strap. 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 blue steel skeleton hands for this dial and is signed WALTHAM near the center. The dial and skeleton hands have been re-lumed using dark brown "aged" lume for that very desirable vintage look. They will glow in the dark once properly charged by sunlight. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a 16mm dark brown distressed leather strap that absolutely makes the watch! The strap was handmade in England. 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 inches and has a nickel 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: 1908 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 15981657, grade 165, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 40mm lug tip to lug tip, 32.7mm not including the original factory crown with a nice and wide 16mm lug diameter. A brand new glass crystal has been installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve in the crown tube, the crown 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  sterling silver cushion case WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a re-lumed Shadow Box Military Dial and a Glagovsky "Daisy" 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 for book).

WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Sterling Silver Fahys Cushion Case, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, Original Factory GF Crown, Glagovsky Daisy Crystal Guard, Enamel Shadow Box Military Dial, Re-Lumed Dial & Hands, 16mm Leather Strap
WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Sterling Silver Fahys Cushion Case, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, Original Factory GF Crown, Glagovsky Daisy Crystal Guard, Enamel Shadow Box Military Dial, Re-Lumed Dial & Hands, 16mm Leather Strap
Price: $985.00 $837.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable Gold Filled SEMI-HERMETIC WWI Waltham Trench Watch with an OFFSET CROWN that features a high grade 16 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 11-02-2018, 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 gold filled trench watch case with an OFFSET CROWN that was manufactured by the Bates & Bacon Watch Case Company, circa 1917. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the offset crown. Semi-hermetic means that the bezel and case back are both threaded so they screw on and off. This is a FAR superior design when compared to cases that are friction fit, cases that snap together. Plus, this case still has the original factory oversized crown! The case has been lightly hand polished to bring out the beautiful gold luster. 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, oversized shadow box numerals, an outer chapter of minute markers, the correct blue steel skeleton hands for this dial and is signed "WALTHAM USA" near the center. The enamel dial and hands have been re-lumed using brown "aged" lume for that very desirable vintage look. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a 16mm 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 inches and has a matching gold 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: 1916 Waltham, 16 jewels, size 3/0s, serial number 20305851, Lady Waltham grade. It is a well known fact that Lady Waltham grade movements were used in WWI trench watches, several trench watch advertisements back this up. This movement features a solid gold center wheel, solid gold raised jewel chatons and solid gold balance wheel screws! They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 40mm lug tip to lug tip, 32.5mm not including the original factory crown with a nice and wide 16mm lug diameter. I chose to leave in the original glass crystal as it is still in very good condition. I installed a brand new inner sleeve on the crown tube, the crown now has a nice firm "pop", just like 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 16 jewel, gold filled WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring an Offset Crown with 16mm lugs, 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 for book).


This Waltham has been SOLD.




Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable BRITISH MILITARY ISSUED (broad arrow marking) 36mm SEMI-HERMETIC WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 13 jewel movement. This absolutely remarkable piece of American/English 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 10-17-2018, 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 BIG 36mm NICKEL semi-hermetic trench watch case that was manufactured by the Dennison Watch Case Company of Birmingham England, circa 1915. The nickel version of this case is EXTREMELY hard to come by, the sterling silver and solid gold versions are FAR more common by comparison. This is a "semi-hermetic" case, this 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 are "friction fit" (snap together cases), this design was meant to keep the elements out of the watch movement. Nobody over the past 100 years tried to open the case the wrong way by prying it open, the threading track is in great condition. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the coin edge bezel and case back. Plus, this case still has the original factory crown! The case has not been polished, just cleaned and wiped down. The case back of this Waltham has the British military issued marking "broad arrow" or "pheon" with the serial number "H 98196". The "broad arrow" has been canceled out with an opposing broad arrow. This means that the watch served the British military and was then decommissioned. Trust me, British military issued Walthams are VERY hard to come by! This Waltham has been fitted with a "pinwheel" crystal guard that was designed by Frank Farr. Mr. Farr's design was patented on September 26, 1916. Finding proper fitting guards for 36mm trench watches cases is extremely difficult! This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable that Waltham ever produced, the BOLD Arabic Military Dial. The dial features a white face, BOLD Arabic numerals, outer minute markers, the correct size 0s thick blue steel hands for this dial and is signed WALTHAM near the center. This historic and iconic American/English trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown 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 7.75" 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: 1914 Waltham, 13 jewels, size 0s, serial number 19196217, grade 163, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! This case is MUCH bigger than your average run of the mill WWI trench watch case, it measures a whopping 42mm lug tip to lug tip, 36mm not including the original factory crown with an 11mm lug diameter. I chose to pop out the very thick original factory glass crystal and re-seat it using UV cement and a UV curing machine. The crystal does have a few nicks but this only adds to the desirability of the watch of this original condition British military ISSUED Waltham. 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 British Military ISSUED 36mm 1915 WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring SEMI-HERMETIC case with a coin edge bezel and case back and a "pinwheel" 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 for book).


WWI Waltham Trench Watch, BRITISH MILITARY ISSUED, Broad Arrow Markings on Case Back, BIG 36mm Dennison Case, SEMI-HERMETIC, Coin Edge Bezel & Case Back, 13 Jewels, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Blue Steel Hands, Crystal Guard, Original Factory Crystal, Leather Kitchener Strap
WWI Waltham Trench Watch, BRITISH MILITARY ISSUED, Broad Arrow Markings on Case Back, BIG 36mm Dennison Case, SEMI-HERMETIC, Coin Edge Bezel & Case Back, 13 Jewels, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Blue Steel Hands, Crystal Guard, Original Factory Crystal, Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $1,985.00 $1,687.00


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 that dates back to 1918. This absolutely remarkable piece of American/English craftsmanship is in fantastic condition! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 10-21-2018, 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 sterling silver trench watch case that was manufactured by the Dennison Watch Case Company. The English hallmarks on the inside of the case back are as follows: the lion for England, the anchor for Birmingham, the date letter of "S" for 1917 and ALD for Aaron Lufkin Dennison. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the Dennison quality. Plus, this case still has the original factory sterling silver crown! The sterling silver case has not been polished, it has turned that very desirable black color over the past 100 years. 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 blue steel skeleton hands for this dial and is signed WALTHAM near the center. The dial and skeleton hands have been re-lumed using dark brown "aged" lume for that very desirable vintage look. They will glow in the dark once properly charged by sunlight. This historic and iconic American/English trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown 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 8 inches. The strap has a matching sterling silver blackened antique 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: 1918 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 3/0s, serial number 21092816, grade 365, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug tip to lug tip, 31.7mm not including the original factory crown with a 10mm lug diameter. The antique glass crystal is still in very good condition so I chose to leave it installed. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve in the crown tube, the crown 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 blackened sterling silver 1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a Shadow Box Military Dial and matching antique sterling silver buckle, 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 for book).


This Waltham has been SOLD.




Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable 36mm sterling silver 1917 WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewel movement with a re-lumed dial & hands! This absolutely remarkable piece of American/English 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 10-5-2018, 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 BIG 36mm sterling silver semi-hermetic trench watch case that was manufactured by the Dennison Watch Case Company of Birmingham England. The hallmarks on the inside of the case back: the anchor for Birmingham England, the lion for sterling silver, the date letter code of "S" for 1917, A.L.D. for Aaron Lufkin Dennison. This is a "semi-hermetic" case, this 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 are "friction fit" (snap together cases), this design was meant to keep the elements out of the watch movement. Nobody over the past 100 years tried to open the case the wrong way by prying it open, the threading track is in great condition. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the coin edge bezel and case back. Plus, this case still has the original factory sterling silver crown! The case has not been polished, just cleaned and wiped down. 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 size 0s skeleton hands for this dial and is signed WALTHAM near the center. I chose to re-lume this dial by hand using "aged" dark brown lume for that extremely desirable vintage look. The dial and hands will glow in the dark once properly charged by sunlight. This historic and iconic American/English trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown 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 7.75" 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: 1912 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 18334956, grade 165, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! This case is MUCH bigger than your average run of the mill WWI trench watch case, it measures a whopping 42mm lug tip to lug tip, 36mm not including the original factory crown with an 11mm lug diameter. I installed a brand new glass crystal. The crystal 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 BIG 36mm sterling silver 1917 WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a re-lumed dial and hands with a coin edge bezel and case back, 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 for book).


1917 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, BIG 36mm Sterling Silver Dennison Case, SEMI-HERMETIC, Coin Edge Bezel & Case Back, Original Factory Crown, 15 Jewels, Enamel Military Dial, Skeleton Hands, Re-Lumed, Leather Kitchener Strap
1917 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, BIG 36mm Sterling Silver Dennison Case, SEMI-HERMETIC, Coin Edge Bezel & Case Back, Original Factory Crown, 15 Jewels, Enamel Military Dial, Skeleton Hands, Re-Lumed, Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $1,495.00 $1,270.00













Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable WWI Elgin RED 12 Trench Watch that features a high grade 17 jewel movement with a SOLID GOLD gear train. 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 9-17-2018, 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 nickel trench watch case that was manufactured by the Wadsworth Watch Case Company, circa 1916.  This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the nice and wide 16mm lug diameter. The bezel and case back both snap together crisply, just as they should. Plus, this case still has the original factory crown! The case has been nicely polished and has a beautiful luster once again. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable that Elgin ever produced, the Arabic RED 12 Military Dial! The dial features a white face, Arabic numerals, outer minute markers, the correct blue steel hands for this dial, signed "ELGIN USA" near the center with the RED 12 at the top. There is another "USA" stamp just below the 6 o'clock position. The enamel dial is in absolute MINT condition without any hairlines, chips or cracks! This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown leather Horween 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 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: 1916 Elgin, 17 jewels, size 0s, serial number 16503540, grade 263. This high end Elgin movement features a SOLID GOLD Gear train, SOLID GOLD raised jewel chatons and SOLID GOLD balance wheel screws. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug tip to lug tip, 32.5mm not including the original factory crown with a nice and wide 16mm 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, the crown now has a nice firm "pop", just like 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 Elgin, 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 1916 WWI Elgin RED 12 Trench Watch featuring a high grade 17 jewel movement with a SOLID GOLD train, 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 for book). 


This Elgin has been SOLD.



Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable circa 1973 Waltham Rally Sport Skin Diver Wrist Watch that features a high grade 25 jewel AUTOMATIC incabloc movement with DAY & Date window. This absolutely remarkable piece of Swiss Waltham craftsmanship is in SUPERB original condition! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The 25 jewel automatic movement was just completely taken apart and serviced by the world famous RGM Watch Company on 7-16-2018. $564.00 worth of work was completed at RGM. It's in superb running condition and keeping perfect time. This watch has been tested on a professional Timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! The movement shot was taken before I sent the watch to RGM for service, very wise not to open it back up again. The stainless steel case has not been polished, it is in absolutely beautiful original untouched condition. The orange & black enamel rotating bezel is in fantastic condition without any chips. The original factory crown needed to be replaced so RGM put one on this watch that is nearly identical to the original factory crown. The winding action on the crown is smooth as silk! The five color dial has not been refinished, it is in amazing original condition. The original factory lume is still glows once charged by sunlight. The silver tone hands are in great shape too. The day & date features are perfectly centered in the middle of the viewing box, just as they should be. The the original factory plastic crystal was treated with Polywatch to remove some surface scratches. This Waltham has been fitted with a Speidel 19mm black leather strap with white contrasting stitching, stainless steel buckle. 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. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 40mm lug tip to lug tip, 38mm not including the crown with a 19mm lug diameter. This watch is probably not waterproof any longer due to age so I would not take it for a swim. 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 early 1970's Waltham Rally Sport Skin Diver Wrist Watch, 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 for book).

Circa 1973 Waltham Rally Sport Skin Diver Wrist Watch, Stainless Steel Case, 25 Jewel AUTOMATIC, Serviced by RGM, Day & Date Window, Enamel Rotating Bezel, Original Factory Crystal/Dial/Hands, 19mm Black & White Leather Strap
Circa 1973 Waltham Rally Sport Skin Diver Wrist Watch, Stainless Steel Case, 25 Jewel AUTOMATIC, Serviced by RGM, Day & Date Window, Enamel Rotating Bezel, Original Factory Crystal/Dial/Hands, 19mm Black & White Leather Strap
Price: $950.00 $807.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable circa 1967 Waltham Skin Diver Wrist Watch that features a high grade 17 jewel incabloc movement. This watch has been in my personal collection for about two years. This absolutely remarkable piece of Swiss Waltham craftsmanship is in SUPERB original condition! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The 17 jewel movement with a 48 hour power reserve was just completely taken apart and serviced on 7-19-2018. 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! The stainless steel case has not been polished, it is in absolutely beautiful original untouched condition. The enamel rotating bezel is in fantastic condition without any chips. Plus, this watch still has the original factory crown! The crown has a "W" on the end for Waltham. The winding action on the crown is smooth as silk! The black dial has not been refinished, it is in amazing original condition. Arabic numerals with hour marker bars. The original factory lume is still in superb condition and glows brightly once charged by sunlight. The silver tone hands and red second hand are in great shape too. This is the original plastic crystal. This Waltham has been fitted with a gently worn 20mm black genuine leather strap with white contrasting stitching, stainless steel buckle. 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. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug tip to lug tip, 35mm not including the original factory crown with a 20mm lug diameter. This watch is probably not waterproof any longer due to age so I would not take it for a swim. 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 original condition mid 60's Waltham Skin Diver Wrist Watch, 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 for book).

Circa 1967 Waltham Skin Diver Wrist Watch, Stainless Steel Case, Original Factory Crown, 17 Jewels, Original Factory Dial, Original Factory Lume, Original Factory Crystal, Enamel Rotating Bezel, 20mm Strap
Circa 1967 Waltham Skin Diver Wrist Watch, Stainless Steel Case, Original Factory Crown, 17 Jewels, Original Factory Dial, Original Factory Lume, Original Factory Crystal, Enamel Rotating Bezel, 20mm Strap
Price: $825.00 $701.00



Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and EXTREMELY RARE 38mm GIANT size 6s WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a Mealy Manufacturing "DUO" Crystal Guard and a high grade 16 jewel movement with a re-lumed dial & skeleton hands! 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 7-12-2018, 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 GIANT 38mm size 6s "silverode" trench watch case that was manufactured by the Philadelphia Watch Case Company, circa 1918. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the nice and wide 16mm lug diameter. The bezel and case back both snap together crisply, just as they should. Plus, this case still has the original factory oversized crown! The case has not been polished, simply cleaned up to remove any dirt or debris. This Waltham has been fitted with one of the most desirable crystal guards from the Great War, the GIANT size 6s Mealy Manufacturing "DUO" Crystal Guard, circa 1918. This is a "snap-on" guard that is friction fitted directly over the bezel. The size 6s version of this guard is much more heavy duty than its smaller size 0s counterpart. 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 size 6s skeleton hands for this dial and is signed WALTHAM near the center. GIANT size 6s Waltham military dials like this one are EXTREMELY hard to come by, especially with a full set of 100% correct matching skeleton hands. I've been restoring WWI trench watches for nearly a decade now and I've only seen maybe seven of these size 6s military dials. I chose to re-lume this dial by hands using "aged" dark brown lume for that extremely desirable vintage look. The dial and hands will glow in the dark once properly charged by sunlight. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a hand made 16mm Horween dark brown leather strap that absolutely makes the watch!  The dark brown lume with the dark brown strap is a fantastic combination. 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" 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, 16 jewels, size 6s, serial number 15108148, Lady Waltham grade, model 1890. This movement features a solid gold center wheel, solid gold raised jewel chatons and solid gold balance wheel screws! They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures a whopping 42mm lug tip to lug tip, 38mm not including the original factory crown with a nice and wide 16mm lug diameter. I chose to re-install the original factory glass crystal after I cleaned the case, it is still in great condition. It was was re-installed using UV cement and a UV curing machine. 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 GIANT 38mm size 6s WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a re-lumed military dial & skeleton hands, DUO Crystal Guard and a high grade 16 jewel movement, (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 for book).


1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, GIANT 38mm Size 6s, High Grade 16 Jewel Movement, Philadelphia Case, Factory Crown, Enamel Shadow Box Military Dial, Skeleton Hands, Re-Lumed, Mealy "DUO" Crystal Guard, 16mm Horween Leather Strap
1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, GIANT 38mm Size 6s, High Grade 16 Jewel Movement, Philadelphia Case, Factory Crown, Enamel Shadow Box Military Dial, Skeleton Hands, Re-Lumed, Mealy "DUO" Crystal Guard, 16mm Horween Leather Strap
Price: $1,895.00 $1,610.00













 
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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