Last edited by Roland Ranfft; November 18th, 2013 at 21:04.
Thank you for confirmed it for me. I have to find a good place in my collection for it now. Will it be stupid to use a trench watch strap on the watch?
I note that there is a serial number on the movement, which I can't quite read. If it starts 127 then that indicates a production date of 1905/ 1906 which would support the 1907 hallmark date.
I think a trench watch strap would work very well. I hope that it is serviced before use? The chances of getting that repaired must be about nil.
Thanks for the info, Mirius. The watch works, but are not serviced. I will put it on display along with other old wristwatches from the year 1900 to 1980.
if ever a watch is a typical very early wrist watch, this one is it:
1) The red 12 indicates the "new" position of the 12, compared with common open pocket watches. Later it was misused as fashion gimmick, and is even met on pocket watches.
2) To destinguish it from the poor man's solution, a converted ladies pocket watch, even gents wristwatches had to be smaller than an average ladies pocket watch. Therefore only one back lid was applied, not to save money, but to reduce the diameter.
3) If the manufacturer had no sufficiently small hunter movement available, the second was left out. Already the crown at 3h was strange back then, and almost nobody would add a second at 9h to increase confusion. Today the second at 9h is regarded as oldfashioned, and some love it for this nonsense.
Maybe this all hard to understand today. So simply imagine if somebody would place the 12 (or any but 3) at the crown today.....
Regards, Roland Ranfft
But it clearly was a learning aid for the new wearer of watches on the wrist...
"Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson
"The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter
...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!
1907 is mighty (really) mighty early for a wristwatch.
we can say first mens wristwatch was 1904, the earliest advert I have is 1906, and the earliest piece I own is 1908.
so that is a VERY, Very rare piece
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Thanks for your replies. Yes, it was an interesting discovery and I have had this watch for years without checking it out. And I am equally interested in the story behind my watches.
I found this patent today from 1904. Espacenet - Original document
It is same lugs that is on my watch. Schild Freres & Co planning to produce wristwatches already in 1903.
Maybe my watch was build in 1905, as the produce number tell us? Maybe it was hard to sell wristwatches in 1905 and the watches were not sold until after a few years? What do you think?
And a question about the red twelve: Is there evidence of other wristwatch manufacturers have used red twelve earlier than 1905?
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