Early trench watch arrangement

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    Early trench watch arrangement

    This ebay listing - which has no connection to me - will have finished in a few minutes.

    RARE WW1 GENTS MILITARY PINHOLE TRENCH WATCH & STRAP on eBay (end time 09-Jan-11 17:52:02 GMT)

    First time I've seen such an arrangement.
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    Re: Early trench watch arrangement

    I've seen these before, sometimes they are called 'button' watches, and are pressed through a buttonhole. The small dial belies the full sized movt hidden behind it.

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    Re: Early trench watch arrangement

    Yes - I've seen one posted in here (I think - button's not a great search term) but I was under the impression that they were to be worn through a lapel buttonhole. Its the strap that's new to me.
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    Re: Early trench watch arrangement

    I saw that too, struck me as interesting, but not something I would ever wear - hence not for me. I thought it would sell for more than that TBH.

    Surely not for a lapel button hole? It is still quite large, and certainly thick, and would surely ruin the line of a suit if worn in such a way.
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    Re: Early trench watch arrangement

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    I saw that too, struck me as interesting, but not something I would ever wear - hence not for me. I thought it would sell for more than that TBH.

    Surely not for a lapel button hole? It is still quite large, and certainly thick, and would surely ruin the line of a suit if worn in such a way.
    Fair point - its just that that was how I imagined a 'buttonhole watch' would be worn. And:

    BBC - A History of the World - Object : A Button-hole Watch

    quote: It is made to be worn on a lapel ....

    and An Edwardian Gentleman's Buttonhole watch in Gunmetal C.1900 Stock # 1831

    However

    Buttonhole Watch

    suggests sleeve wear.

    Its not a brilliant design in the leather pouch, either, stuck out like that.
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    Re: Early trench watch arrangement

    I saw a few of them firsthand in Flea Markets in Ontario. I never really stopped to think what buttonhole they would be used in, but the lady at St. Lawrence market indicated that it was a ladies watch, worn like a brooch in a lapel button of a coat or jacket of a pantsuit, and could be read like a nurse's watch, ie., upside down. I can also see it working back in the day as a cuff watch in a men's suit jacket.

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    Re: Early trench watch arrangement

    That's a new one on me!!

    I can only assume it was one of the ways the came up with at the time to protect the watch face from getting bashed...........possibly???

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    Re: Early trench watch arrangement

    another seemingly brilliant idea gone in the dustbin of horological history
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    Re: Early trench watch arrangement

    Cool idea! I would love a more modern version. To close the fly on my cut off Levis's !!!

    i guess it went in the "useless" bin because it is just not practical.

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