LRF Antique Watches - Specializing in Elgin Trench Watches & Waltham Trench Watches


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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 and BOLD Arabic military dial! The black leather Kitchener Strap has a matching STERLING SILVER buckle! This model was used by the Canadian military during the Great War, check out the attached advertisement. This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB condition and has been beautifully restored! Hard to believe that this watch is over 100 years old! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 4-1-2019, 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 its 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 American Watch Case Company (Canadian Division, Toronto), circa 1917. The bezel and hinged case back both snap together very crisply, just as they should. The hinged case back only opens up to about 90 degrees, just as it should. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. Plus, this case still has the original factory sterling silver crown! The case has been lightly hand 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! The dial features a white face, BOLD Arabic numerals, outer minute markers, the correct blue steel skeleton hands for this dial and is signed "WALTHAM" near the center. This dial has a little something extra, factory drilled hour marker lume dots! The lume dots on the dial and military hands have been relumed using dark brown material for that very desirable vintage look. This historic and iconic American WWI Waltham Trench Watch has been fitted with a black 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 STERLING SILVER 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 17674468, grade 165, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 36mm lug tip to lug tip, 33mm not including the original factory sterling silver crown with an 11mm lug diameter. I installed a brand new glass crystal using UV cement and a UV curing machine. I also installed a new inner sleeve inside of 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 WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a high grade 15 jewel movement with a re-lumed BOLD Arabic Military Dial & hands and a matching sterling silver strap 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).


WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Sterling Silver American Watch Case Company Case, Original Factory Crown, 15 Jewels, BIG Size 0s Version, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Factory Drilled Lume Dots, Skeleton Hands, Black Leather Kitchener Strap
WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Sterling Silver American Watch Case Company Case, Original Factory Crown, 15 Jewels, BIG Size 0s Version, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Factory Drilled Lume Dots, Skeleton Hands, Black Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $795.00


Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable sterling silver SEMI-HERMETIC 1918 WWI Waltham "General Funston" Trench Watch with SWIVEL LUGS that features a high grade 15 jewel movement and BOLD Arabic military dial! BIG 34mm diameter case! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB condition and has been beautifully restored! Hard to believe that this watch is over 100 years old! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 3-30-2019, 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 its 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, SEMI-HERMETIC trench watch case with SWIVEL LUGS that was manufactured by the Illinois Watch Case Company, in 1918. 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. This was an attempt to keep the elements out of the watch movement and it worked pretty well. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the SWIVEL LUGS. Plus, this case still has the original factory sterling silver crown! The case has been lightly hand polished to put a nice shine on the case. In September of 1917 the Illinois Watch Case Company gave proper names to four of their top of the line military trench watch cases. This model was named the "General Funston" after General Frederick Funston. His nickname was "Fighting Fred Funston". He is best known for his actions during the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. He received the "Medal of Honor" for his actions during the Philippine-American War! President Woodrow Wilson favored General Funston to lead the American Expeditionary Forces before the United States entered WWI but he had a heart attack and died in February of 1917 so the job went to General Pershing. So, it makes complete sense that the IWWCo would name one of their top of the line cases after him. 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 skeleton 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! 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 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, 15 jewels, size 3/0s, serial number 19386397, grade 365, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures a whopping 47mm lug tip to lug tip, 34mm not including the original factory crown with a 14mm 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, SEMI-HERMETIC 1918 WWI Waltham "General Funston" Trench Watch featuring SWIVEL LUGS and a high grade 15 jewel movement with a BOLD Arabic Military Dial & 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).

1918 WWI Waltham "General Funston" Trench Watch, 34mm Sterling Silver Illinois Case, SEMI-HERMETIC, SWIVEL LUGS, 15 Jewels, Original Factory Crown, BOLD Arabic Enamel Military Dial, Black Leather Strap
1918 WWI Waltham "General Funston" Trench Watch, 34mm Sterling Silver Illinois Case, SEMI-HERMETIC, SWIVEL LUGS, 15 Jewels, Original Factory Crown, BOLD Arabic Enamel Military Dial, Black Leather Strap
Price: $995.00






Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable GOLD FILLED WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 15 jewel movement and BOLD Arabic military dial! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB condition and has been beautifully restored! Hard to believe that this watch is over 100 years old! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 3-10-2019, 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 its 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 that was manufactured by the Illinois Watch Case Company, circa 1917. The bezel and hinged case back both snap together very crisply, just as they should. The hinged case back only opens up to 90 degrees, just as it should. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features. Plus, this case still has the original factory gold filled crown! The case has been lightly hand polished 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 BOLD Arabic Military Dial! The dial features a white face, BOLD Arabic numerals, outer minute markers, the correct blue steel skeleton hands for this dial and is signed "WALTHAM" near the center. This dial has a little something extra, factory drilled hour marker lume dots! The lume dots on the dial and military hands have been relumed using dark brown material for that very desirable vintage look. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a black leather Bund 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 eight 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: 1909 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 17596585, grade 165, model 1907. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 37mm lug tip to lug tip, 32.6mm not including the original factory crown with an 11mm lug diameter. I chose to leave in the original glas crystal as it is still in very good condition.  The inner sleeve in the crown tube is in great condition, 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 gold filled WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a high grade 15 jewel movement with a re-lumed BOLD Arabic Military Dial & 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).

WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Illinois Gold Filled Case, Original Factory Crown, 15 Jewels, BIG Size 0s Version, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Factory Drilled Lume Dots, Skeleton Hands, Re-Lumed, Black Leather Bund Strap
WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Illinois Gold Filled Case, Original Factory Crown, 15 Jewels, BIG Size 0s Version, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Factory Drilled Lume Dots, Skeleton Hands, Re-Lumed, Black Leather Bund Strap
Price: $795.00














Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable circa 1973 Waltham Rally Sport Skin Diver Wrist Watch that features an extremely rare SCREW DOWN CROWN with a high grade 25 jewel AUTOMATIC incabloc movement with DAY & Date windows. 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. 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 stainless steel brushed finish case has not been polished, it's in absolutely beautiful original untouched condition. The orange & black enamel rotating bezel is in fantastic condition without any chips. The watch came in a couple of different versions, this is the FAR more desirable SCREW DOWN CROWN version. The side view picture shows the screw down crown very well. The crown threading is in fantastic condition with no issues. Most mid range dive watches from the 1960's - 1970's did NOT have screw down 
crowns. 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 faintly 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 19mm black leather Rally Strap, matching brushed finish 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 original factory 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 with a SCREW DOWN 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).



Circa 1973 Waltham "Rally Sport" Dive Watch, 25 Jewel Automatic, Day/Date Windows, RARE SCREW DOWN CROWN Version, Superb Original Condition, Serviced by the World Famous RGM Watch Company
Circa 1973 Waltham "Rally Sport" Dive Watch, 25 Jewel Automatic, Day/Date Windows, RARE SCREW DOWN CROWN Version, Superb Original Condition, Serviced by the World Famous RGM Watch Company
Price: $775.00












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 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: $575.00



 
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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