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    Dear all,

    this weekend (Sunday the 11th) marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918.

    Tomorrow I will be wearing this watch in recognition. It is a 1914 Tavannes (Cyma), centre seconds Doctors watch in a Dennison case, spanning the start and end of WWI, and of course is now 104 years old. I only recently finished the restoration - which was tricky.

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    Two weeks ago I wore the watch to the Wrights Hill fortress, which is a coastal battery overlooking Wellington Harbour. This photo is from the tunnels underneath the mountain.

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    Please post your trench watch plans. I'd love to see what people might put on to mark the day.
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    Tissot - Krankenwagen Rotes Kreutz 278

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    At the start of the war. Australians enlisted by the thousands – many thinking it would be a great and jaunty adventure.

    In Australia the commemoration has been across print and the airwaves. What has struck me has been the individual stories of courage, stoicism, generosity and spirit of the soldiers. No country has tenure on these qualities – they belong to individuals on both sides of the war.

    There are millions of stories, but Tom and Alice Leane from Prospect in South Australia would see their 5 sons and 6 grandsons sign up for the great war. After seeing action in Gallipoli, the bulk of the Leans found themselves in the 48th Battalion. Some wit named the battalion - The Joan of Arc Battalion because it was made of (all) Leans. They would see action at Pozieres, Amiens and Passchendaele. At Passchendaele the constant bombardment pounded earth and wood, flesh and bone, gunmetal and rubble together in an obscene mix. By wars end Tom and Alice would lose two sons and two grandsons.

    On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918, the truce came in to effect and the guns of war became silent. The war to end all wars was over. Of course, it wasn’t. With the start of the second world war Australians again would take part but not with the sense of adventure they in 1914.

    Trim, a fellow kiwi – Peter Jackson has just put together a new documentary using archival footage with new editing techniques - They shall not grow old.



    I will wear this.

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    Peace be with you.

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    I'll wear this Waltham from 1917.
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    I don't intend to wear my WWI service pieces but I have a little memorial in the cabinet for Remembrance Day

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    On the other war front

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    On board the Sopwith Camel

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    I’m glad this watch survived the turbulent period of the Great War



    Ok I know it’s not a Trench watch in the strictest sense but it has lived through all the conflicts from the Great War onwards and it would have been 10 years old when the Great war ended and 100 years later it’s still providing sterling service and doing its job without grumbling.

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    Nice watches all

    I'll switch to the Tavannes for the 11 am observation. But, I've begun the day wearing this 1912 (hallmarked etc.) Omega. I finished this one yesterday.


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    Wish I had a lovely watch like these to post but I don’t, so I will just admire all of these.

    Do have some history of the war in the family though, my great gran lost 5 brothers in the war that killed a whole generation of young men from all over the world!!

    What a terrible waste, and I don’t think we can ever say never again either.
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    Armistice centenary observed, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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