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    26 mm trench watch

    Hi, I have recently acquired a 26 mm trench watch circa 1913. I wonder if this is considered to be a lady or gents watch at that time as I was told by the seller that this is a gents watch despite its small size (it got a long strap). Anyway, I have small wrist and so it still looks OK for me. Thank you for enlightening me.

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    Re: 26 mm trench watch

    Easy answer. I guess you noticed my recent posting. The smaller one is 26mm. other is 30mm. Both engraved with girl names. However, I am intending to use the 30mm. 82 age ugly old man. These are fine universal plain style and not feminine appearance. I agree with you. Small size does have practical advantage.

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    Re: 26 mm trench watch

    Hi there,

    Some pics would help... as design also plays a part.

    However, with my limited knowledge, I would say 26mm for this time (C1913) would have been small.

    I posed a similar question...

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/mal...le-581049.html

    I think generally it was agreed, 30mm (or min 28mm) and under could be considered Ladies... But there are always exceptions!!
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    Re: 26 mm trench watch

    I agree with Sparcster, style is very important - more so than size, so it isn't really possible to be sure without photos (and maybe not even then if it is a plain style). To complicate things further, in 1913 this could have been made as a ladies watch but then used in WWI as a mans watch - and then reverted back to being a ladies watch. But if you are happy wearing it, then great!


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    Re: 26 mm trench watch

    Following on Re: design, I have a borgel trench watch which is 30.5mm in diameter.... shown in this thread:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/oth...ay-693155.html

    I only mention this, due to the design being more 'male' IMO and the interesting advert...



    This shows that 'smaller' sized watches were more expensive, which may point to the change in trend for smaller sized watches (seen more in the 20s) and not a question of male or female.
    Last edited by Sparcster; February 18th, 2013 at 14:59.
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    Re: 26 mm trench watch

    Really thank you for all the replies. sorry that I am not familiar in posting photo. The watch dial is of plain design, with white enamel dial, blue numerals and red 12, with no sub seconds. I have only a 5.5 inch wrist so it doesn't look too small on me

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    Re: 26 mm trench watch

    Quote Originally Posted by lhy536 View Post
    I have only a 5.5 inch wrist so it doesn't look too small on me
    And thats all that really matters!!

    Enjoy it.

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    Re: 26 mm trench watch

    If you get the chance buy a strap like Marc owns, Bung strap these types of straps look great with trench watches. If Marc could be so kind in posting his strap.

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    Re: 26 mm trench watch

    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    If Marc could be so kind in posting his strap.

    Always happy to show off my watches..

    There are many to pic from.... here are a few!







    gives you and idea... and they do make a big difference to how they look
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    Re: 26 mm trench watch

    Great looking pieces and straps all I need is a trench watch to go with one of those straps lol

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