Silver Trench Watch - Sterile Dial - Articulated Lugs and Double Hinged Caseback
A Silver World War 1, Trench Watch with Articulated Lugs and Double Hinged Caseback, good condition - a nice talking point
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 were 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 a 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".
What’s On Offer
A rather appealing trench-style watch with a white (sterile/unbranded) enamel dial, Arabic numerals with original lume, and a seconds subdial. The elegant blued steel pointed lollipop hands are an extravagant and stylish addition to this piece as the process for producing blued steel is rather involved!
The textured screw-type bezel and oversized gilt crown combined with the fairly substantial dial diameter really give this watch a contemporary feel despite its obvious vintage. Best of both worlds! This watch could be styled with various straps to offer different looks, a real unique piece that is sure to be a talking point. The watch is in nice condition given its age. There are some hairline cracks on the upper left-hand side of the dial which are barely visible to the naked eye. It is, however, in good working order and keeps relatively good time having been serviced by our watchmaker recently, and does not come with any limited warranty, largely due to the age of this watch.
The caseback is marked with 342191.
Dial: White Enamel
Movement Type: Mechanical hand-wound
Caliber: Unknown Swiss Made
Power reserve: Unknown
Condition: Good for age!
Model Reference Number: Trench
Date of issue: c.WW1
Guarantee: None! Sold As Is
Lug width: 14.5mm
Lug height: (lug to lug) 39mm
Wrist size: Adjustable