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Silver, George Stockwell and Co, WW1 Trench Watch with Enamel Dial - c.1915

£375.00GBP
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The Trench watch (wristlet) was a type of watch that came into use by the military during World War I, as pocket watches were not practical in combat. It was a transitional design between pocket watches and wristwatches, incorporating features of both. 

 

The very first watch that somebody adapted to wear on a wrist is unknown. The first series of purpose-made men’s wristwatches was produced by Girard-Perregaux in 1880 for the German Navy. During World War I numerous companies, including Omega, Longines, and others produced wristwatches for the military. These watches were of virtually identical style with an enamel dial, wide white numerals, and a luminescent radium hour hand. Often they did not bear the name of the manufacturer, though the movement, originally designed in the 1890s for ladies’ pendant watches, was marked "Swiss".

From pocket watches those trench watches inherited hinged front and back covers. The lugs for a strap looked like a thick wire attachment to the classical round shape of pocket watches rather than an integrated part of the body of the later and modern wristwatches. The name "wristlet" was used until the early 1930s and was eventually replaced by the modern name "wristwatch".

 

What’s On Offer 

A rather appealing silver trench watch with with white enamel dial, crisp Roman numerals with the 12 o'clock in red and a seconds subdial. The elegant leaf hands, robust bezel and oversized crown combined with the substantial dial diameter really give this watch a contemporary feel despite its obvious vintage. Best of both worlds! The watch is in nice condition given its age of over 100 years, but it has not been serviced by our watchmaker and will require a service although it is running! 

After 1 June 1907 all gold and silver watches imported into Britain were required to be assayed and hallmarked in a British assay office. They were stamped with new hallmarks that were intended to show that the item was imported and not of British manufacture. This watch has a set of London import hallmarks for silver and the importers/assay marks for 'G.S.' which was the logo for Stockwell and company, also known as George Stockwell. The watch caseback also has the date letter 'u' and London marks, so that confirms the watch was assayed and probably sold in 1915, during WW1.

The watch is in working order and keeps good time - a miracle given its age. An appealing and unique piece that is sure to be a talking point. 

Additional information

Made from

Case: Silver

Dial: Enamel

Crystal: Plexi

Bracelet: Adjustable

Technical specifications

Winding: Manual

Movement type: Mechanical hand wound

Calibre: Swiss made unknown

Jewels: Unknown

Waterproof:

Power reserve:

Purchase details

Condition: Very Good

Model Reference Number:


Date of issue: C.1914

Guarantee; Sold As Is, requiring service!

Dimensions

Width: 37.5mm

Lug width: 12.2mm

Lug height: (lug to lug)

Wrist size:  Adjustable