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Listings updated on August 15, 2018


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable 1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch with an OFFSET CROWN with, an incredibly RARE military dial and it features a high grade 15 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 8-09-2018, 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 silverode trench watch case with an OFFSET CROWN 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 offset crown. 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 RAREST that Waltham ever produced, the Shadow Box military dial! What makes this dial so RARE is dial signature, the "WALTHAM" badging is just above the second hand instead of being just below the "12" on this one. This is the ONLY dial I've seen with the "WALTHAM" dial signature in this spot. The dial features a white face, shadow box numerals, outer minute markers and the correct blue steel skeleton hands for this dial. The enamel dial is in superb condition without any hairlines, chips or cracks! I went the extra mile on this one, the dial and the skeleton hands have been re-lumed using dark brown lume for that very 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 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 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: 1918 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 3/0s, serial number 20937381, grade 315. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug tip to lug tip, 31.6mm not including the original factory crown with a 10mm 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 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 1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring an OFFSET CROWN with this incredibly RARE dial, 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, OFFSET CROWN, Philadelphia Case, Original Factory Crown, RARE Dial Signature, 15 Jewels, Size 3/0s, New Dark Brown "AGED" Lume, Enamel Military Dial, Leather Kitchener Strap
1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, OFFSET CROWN, Philadelphia Case, Original Factory Crown, RARE Dial Signature, 15 Jewels, Size 3/0s, New Dark Brown "AGED" Lume, Enamel Military Dial, Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $1,250.00



Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable gold filled WWI Waltham Trench Watch with SWIVEL LUGS 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 great grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 7-16-2018, 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 SEMI-HERMETIC gold filled trench watch case with SWIVEL LUGS that was manufactured by the Star Watch Case Company, circa 1917. The case was guaranteed for 20 years. Star Watch Case Company trench watch cases with swivel lugs are extremely rare, in my nearly 10 year watch career this is the very first one I have ever seen. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. 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, that snap together. The case threading on the bezel and case back are both in great condition. Nobody has tried to open this case the wrong way by prying it open! Plus, this case still has the original factory crown! The case has been lightly hand buffed to bring out the luster of the gold fill. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable that Waltham ever produced, the Roman Numeral Dial. The dial features a white face, Roman numerals, an outer chapter of minute markers, the correct blue steel hands for this dial and is signed WALTHAM near the center. The dial is in excellent condition without any hairlines. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a 14mm 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 it 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: 1909 Waltham, 16 jewels, size 0s, serial number 17184558, Lady Waltham grade, model 1900. This high grade 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! It is a well know FACT that Lady Waltham grade movement were put into WWI Waltham Trench Watches, many advertisement back this up. The case is much bigger than your run of the mill size 0s case of the day! It measures a whopping 47mm lug tip to lug tip, 34mm not including the original factory crown with a 14mm lug diameter. The original glass crystal is in superb condition. I also installed a brand new inner sleeve on 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 WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a Roman dial and a gold filled Star Watch Case Company Semi-Hermetic case with Swivel Lugs, 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).


WWI Waltham Trench Watch, SEMI-HERMETIC Gold Filled Case, Star Watch Case Company, SWIVEL LUGS, Factory Crown, High Grade 16 Jewel Movement, BIG 34mm Case, Enamel Roman Numeral Dial, Black Leather Strap
WWI Waltham Trench Watch, SEMI-HERMETIC Gold Filled Case, Star Watch Case Company, SWIVEL LUGS, Factory Crown, High Grade 16 Jewel Movement, BIG 34mm Case, Enamel Roman Numeral Dial, Black Leather Strap
Price: $985.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable solid nickel WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewel movement with a re-lumed dial & hands! 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 7-25-2018, 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 solid nickel trench watch case that was manufactured by the Wadsworth Watch Case Company, circa 1917. 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, it 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 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 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: 1912 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 18334956, grade 165, model 1907. 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. 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 fully restored WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a re-lumed dial and hands, 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, Wadsworth Nickel Case, Original Factory Crown, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, Re-Lumed DIal & Skeleton Hands, 16mm Lugs, Enamel Military Dial, Handmade Horween Strap
1917 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Wadsworth Nickel Case, Original Factory Crown, BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, Re-Lumed DIal & Skeleton Hands, 16mm Lugs, Enamel Military Dial, Handmade Horween Strap
Price: $850.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable sterling silver WWI Waltham Depollier SWIVEL LUG Trench Watch that features a 7 jewel movement. This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB original condition! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 7-19-2018, 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 SWIVEL LUG trench watch case that was manufactured by the Depollier Watch Case Company, circa 1917. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the SWIVEL LUGS. Swivel Lug Depollier Trench Watch Cases with the crown at the 3 0'clock position are VERY hard to come by these days. The swivel lug versions with the crown at the 12 o'clock position are far more common. Plus, this case still has the original factory crown! Yes, this is in fact the original factory crown, not all Depollier crowns had a Khaki stamp on them. The sterling silver case has turned that very desirable blackish color. The case has NOT been polished, it is in beautiful original untouched condition. The case back has been inscribed with the original owner's name: "Frederic Chesley, Washington D.C". I was able to find Frederic's WWI Draft Registration Card, picture attached. 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 thick blue steel hands for this dial and is signed WALTHAM near the center. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a 14mm black leather strap that absolutely makes the watch! The leather strap has been worked and distressed so it matches the age and patina of the case. 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. I installed an antique buckle onto the strap so it matches the rest of the watch, very nice finishing touch! 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: 1915 Waltham, 7 jewels, size 3/0s, serial number 19600886, grade 361, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 44mm lug tip to lug tip, 31.5mm not including the original factory crown with a 14mm 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 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 original condition sterling silver WWI Waltham Depollier Swivel Lug Trench Watch featuring a BOLD Arabic Military Dial, 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 Depollier Trench Watch, Sterling Silver Depollier Case, RARE 3 O'clock Crown Model with SWIVEL LUGS, Original Factory Crown, BOLD Arabic Enamel Military Dial, Correct Thick Blue Steel Hands, WWI Draft Card, Black Leather Strap
1917 WWI Waltham Depollier Trench Watch, Sterling Silver Depollier Case, RARE 3 O'clock Crown Model with SWIVEL LUGS, Original Factory Crown, BOLD Arabic Enamel Military Dial, Correct Thick Blue Steel Hands, WWI Draft Card, Black Leather Strap
Price: $1,150.00















Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable 1916 WWI Elgin RED XII Trench Watch with an OFFSET CROWN that features a 7 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 7-1-2018, 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 silverode trench watch case with an OFFSET CROWN that was manufactured by the Philadelphia Watch Case Company, circa 1916.  This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the offset crown. 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 BOLD Roman Numeral RED XII! The dial features a white face, BOLD Roman numerals, an outer chapter of minute markers, the correct blue steel hands for this dial, signed ELGIN near the center with the RED XII at the top. 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 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 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, 7 jewels, size 0s, serial number 19812087, grade 418. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 39mm lug tip to lug tip, 32.6mm not including the original factory crown with a 10mm 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 Trench Watch featuring a BOLD Roman Numeral RED XII dial and an OFFSET CROWN, 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).


1916 WWI Elgin RED XII Trench Watch, Philadelphia Silverode Case with OFFSET CROWN, Original Factory Crown, MINT CONDITION BOLD Roman Numeral RED XII Enamel Military Dial, Correct Blue Steel Hands, Size 0s, 7 Jewels, Leather Kitchener Strap
1916 WWI Elgin RED XII Trench Watch, Philadelphia Silverode Case with OFFSET CROWN, Original Factory Crown, MINT CONDITION BOLD Roman Numeral RED XII Enamel Military Dial, Correct Blue Steel Hands, Size 0s, 7 Jewels, Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $825.00













 
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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