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Buren Silver Trench Watch - Swivel Lugs and Shrapnel Guard, c.1916

  1. Oversized 35mm solid silver case WW1 officer’s trench watch- rare to see in this condition and case size. Guarded by a solid silver telephone dial guard (would have protected from shrapnel/grenade debris), this will have been one of the earliest (and certainly largest) wristwatches to have seen service. The wire swivel lugs testify to this- they are usually seen on early adaptations of fob watches to turn them into a wearable timepiece.

The dial features a ‘red 12’, and is in remarkable condition considering its age and use. There is a small hairline mark across the dial- this is hardly noticeable and purely cosmetic, but does deserve mentioning.

The 15 jewel movement is in remarkable working order, and has received a service in July 2014. The case back is hinged, the hands are blue steel ‘leaf’ style, and the dial is enamel; all true to watches of this ilk.

  • Year: C.1916
  • Warranty length: 12 months
  • Box and papers: No
  • Movement type, calibre and jewels: Mechanical, 15 jewels
  • Case: Push-down silver dial
  • Dial: White enamel, red 12
  • Crystal: Plexiglass
  • Bracelet: Black leather band
  • Width (w/o crown): 35mm
  • Height, lug to lug: 46mm
  • Lug width: 18mm
  • Wrist size: