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    Re: Elgin - Trench Watches of the Great War - WRUW

    1921 booklet first published (as in the article in post #535 above) in July 1919. It expands on the use of "black nickel" finishes used on military hardware and equipment.

    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?...view=1up;seq=1

    It tells us that finishes were unstable and/or not long lasting. This might explain the need later on to re-finish with a black paint.
    When it was developed, of course.
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    Re: Elgin - Trench Watches of the Great War - WRUW

    That is a very interesting booklet and a rare find.

    Yet another nail in the coffin for the outlandish 'Painted Depollier' theory.

    All that evidence that oxidation or plating was the go to method to blacken nickel backed up by your contemporary
    adverts that state explicitly that the Depollier waterproofs were originally oxidised.

    All backed up by military specs which stated that is how they should be finished.

    Plus the fact that contemporary WW1 base metal equipment such as compasses, inclinometers, gun sights etc etc were all oxidised,
    as per the military spec.

    No WW1 U.S military base metal equipment that I've ever saw or heard of that was painted rather than oxidized or plated.

    Plus several pics posted of different Depollier waterproofs which look to have the remains of an original oxidised finish.

    Surely the 'Painted Depollier' theorists by now see the light.

    Nice one Bob, that is a very interesting booklet indeed.
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    Re: Elgin - Trench Watches of the Great War - WRUW

    Thanks chum, I agree wholeheartedly.
    Have you seen the new Depollier copies for sale, made of stainless steel with a powder coating. They look fantastic, but would have been better with an oxidised coating, more realistic!
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    Re: Elgin - Trench Watches of the Great War - WRUW

    OK bobbee, now you've gone and done it!!!

    If I ever see you at a NAWCC mart or meeting I'm gonna demand they throw you out on your ear!!!!!!!
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