1917 Trench Watch but not a Marconi
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    1917 Trench Watch but not a Marconi

    Offered by the seller as a "BEAUTIFUL WWI 1915 MARCONI OFFICERS TRENCH WATCH"
    It was a nice looking piece, my attention drawn to the original lumed dial and hands, original crown, and a perfect undamaged enamel dial.

    But was it a Rolex/Marconi. Seller insisted it was. He had a service document where the jeweler stated it was 'Marconi' I had my doubts.
    It did not look like the movements used by Rolex in Marconi pieces that is Beguelin - Damas, nor was movement or dial marked 'Marconi'.

    I decided that it was not Rolex, but worth buying. With great help from Roland Ranfft, I now know that I have this:

    Silver Plated circa 1917 Trench Wristwatch.
    Movement by: A Michel S.A. Grenchen. One of the three original ebauche makers that created ESA in 1926. 15 jewel movement. Marked ‘68’?
    Dial: Enamel dial with original lumed numbers and hands.
    I dated it more to 1917 or later based on the properly fitted down pointing lugs into case.

    Here she is. A Rolex by any other name would 'taste and smell as sweat'

















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    Re: 1917 Trench Watch but not a Marconi

    Interesting group you bought Horologist.
    The George V1 territorial medal is later than WW1 though, George V was king at that time.
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    Re: 1917 Trench Watch but not a Marconi

    Quote Originally Posted by radger View Post
    Interesting group you bought Horologist.
    The George V1 territorial medal is later than WW1 though, George V was king at that time.
    Correct, and well pointed out.
    That picture and medal were my Father, who fought in WWII. I just decided out of respect to him, to picture the watch to-gether.
    Sorry, It had nothing to do with the actual watch.

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