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 36mm STERLING SILVER SEMI-HERMETIC WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high grade 17 jewel movement and BOLD Arabic military dial! The dark brown leather Kitchener Strap has a matching STERLING SILVER buckle! This absolutely remarkable piece of American/English craftsmanship is in SUPERB condition and has been beautifully restored! Hard to believe that this watch is 104 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 5-14-2019, 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 a COIN EDGE bezel and case back that was manufactured by the Dennison Watch Case Company. The threading on the bezel and case back is in good condition. The hallmarks on the inside of the case back are: the "anchor" for Birmingham England, the date letter code of "q" for 1915, the "lion" for sterling silver and "ALD" for Aaron Lufkin Dennison. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially the huge 36mm case diameter. Plus, this case still has the original factory gold filled crown! Yes, Dennison put gold filled crowns on his sterling silver trench watch cases, so did a few other manufacturers. 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/English WWI Waltham 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! I went the extra mile on this one by having an antique sterling silver buckle sewn into the strap! 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. 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, 17 jewels, size 0s, serial number 15047757, RIVERSIDE grade, model 1900. This high end RIVERSIDE grade movement featured 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 40mm lug tip to lug tip, 36mm not including the original factory gold filled crown with an 11mm lug diameter. I installed a brand new glass crystal using UV cement and a UV curing machine. The inner sleeve inside of the crown tube 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 36mm sterling silver, semi-hermetic 1915 WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring a high end 17 JEWEL RIVERSIDE 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).

1915 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, BIG 36mm Sterling Silver Dennison Case, SEMI-HERMETIC, COIN EDGING, Factory Crown, 17 JEWEL RIVERSIDE Movement, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Skeleton Hands, Re-Lumed, Sterling Silver Buckle, Kitchener Strap
1915 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, BIG 36mm Sterling Silver Dennison Case, SEMI-HERMETIC, COIN EDGING, Factory Crown, 17 JEWEL RIVERSIDE Movement, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Skeleton Hands, Re-Lumed, Sterling Silver Buckle, Kitchener Strap
Price: $1,150.00 $1,035.00



Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable original condition WWI Elgin Trench Watch that features an OFFSET CROWN and a 7 jewel movement that dates back to 1916! This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB original condition and has been beautifully mechanically restored! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 5-4-2019, 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 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. 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 not been polished. This watch is simply incredible! The metal military dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable that Elgin ever produced, the Shadow Box Military Dial. The dial features a butler face, shadow box numerals, an outer chapter of minute markers, the correct and original blue steel center reservoir military hands for this dial and is signed "ELGIN" near the center. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown distressed 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 19885491, grade 418. 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 an 10mm lug diameter. This case still has the original glass crystal but it is still in pretty 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 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 original condition 1916 WWI Offset Crown Elgin Trench Watch featuring a metal military dial & hands with a beautiful leather Kitchener Strap, 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 Trench Watch, OFFSET CROWN, Philadelphia Silverode Case, Original Factory Crown, 7 Jewels, Original Glass Crystal, Metal Shadow Box Military Dial, Dark Brown Leather Kitchener Strap
1916 WWI Elgin Trench Watch, OFFSET CROWN, Philadelphia Silverode Case, Original Factory Crown, 7 Jewels, Original Glass Crystal, Metal Shadow Box Military Dial, Dark Brown Leather Kitchener Strap
Price: $725.00 $652.50

 
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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