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

    Good news.
    I knew it, the seller knew it, and I
    suspect you knew.
    Glad to have helped.
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    Re: Elgin - Trench Watches of the Great War - WRUW

    Possibly .....re listed, same words, 8 bids....S


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

    To bring this thread back on track, I thought you may like to see what is in Leterustyfan's next book:

    1917 WALTHAM (made in USA) Silver Cushion Case (so named Admiral Benson) with Offset Crown at 1.30. we know a few exist, but no adverts!


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

    Speaking of my next book "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War"........................doing a bit of work on it right now.

    Do you guys remember the Achel W. Johnson Elgin Trench Watch from about a year ago?

    I would have LOVED to given that story it's own dedicated chapter in the Elgin book, but it did not get in my hands in time before my cutoff date to add any new material.

    But, I am thinking about doing a similar story for a gentleman named Clarence Widdicombe Edmunds and his 1917 Waltham Depollier D-D "Khaki" Trench Watch from early 1917.

    I just bought this watch a few days ago and several things make this watch stand out above the rest making it possibly chapter worthy.

    A name and a year stamped on the case back, original black paint, the original "Cravenette" "No-Fuss" Khaki Strap and the original Depollier patented clasp.

    The missing crown is not a problem, I have a correct sterling silver Depollier factory crown with the original black paint on it in my bins that I have been saving for a special day!

    After an exhaustive search I think that I just might have tracked C.W. Edmunds down but facts still need to be double checked.

    Looks like Clarence was born on November 22, 1888 in West Newton, Massachusetts.

    He married Mary Amanda Webster in 1909, had one child Edward James Edmunds.

    It looks like Clarence might have served under the command of General Pershing in 1916 while fighting Poncho Villa, pushing him back into Mexico.

    He was in the Massachusetts Infantry for two years but it lists his rank as a Cook.

    Before he joined the US Army he was a Stone Mason and he lived to the age of 84.

    His age is correct, being 29 years old in 1917. I checked all CW Edmunds that I could find and the other name matches were too old in age for service.

    I still need to check MANY facts and other military records but the wheels are turning.........................

    Very little will be done to this watch, pretty much mechanical repairs only, just like the Achel W. Johnson Elgin Trench Watch.

    Movement work, crown, crystal and a new hand made Khaki Strap, green in color as it once was.

    The original Depoller Clasp on this watch is ridiculously hard to obtain!

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

    Very cool Stan. I assume it has the basic 3/0s 7j movement?
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    Re: Elgin - Trench Watches of the Great War - WRUW

    Movement jewel count is currently unknown, has not arrived yet, bought the watch with movement sight unseen.

    7 or 15 jewels though.

    Size 3/0s for sure.
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    Re: Elgin - Trench Watches of the Great War - WRUW

    Movement jewel count is currently unknown, has not arrived yet, bought the watch with movement sight unseen.
    Cool...a little mystery is always fun.
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    Re: Elgin - Trench Watches of the Great War - WRUW

    I'm a sucker for the ones with the original black paint!

    Can't seem to lay off of them!

    1918 Elgin Trench Watch with the required US Army black paint, this model saw service in BOTH World Wars!

    Finding one with this much of the original black paint still in-tact is very difficult.

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

    Nice pick up, that old Waltham looks very original.
    Would this be the original strap? it looks very robust nice one I like it.

    This watch looks the perfect specimen of a silver watch which has lain for very many years, unused and unpolished.
    See how the strap would have lain across the case back and has patially protected that stripe
    from turning pure black.

    You don't say what this case is made from but I'd say silver and if that is paint and not tarnish then I'll
    eat my laptop.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by radger View Post
    Nice pick up, that old Waltham looks very original.
    Would this be the original strap? it looks very robust nice one I like it.

    This watch looks the perfect specimen of a silver watch which has lain for very many years, unused and unpolished.
    See how the strap would have lain across the case back and has patially protected that stripe
    from turning pure black.

    You don't say what this case is made from but I'd say silver and if that is paint and not tarnish then I'll
    eat my laptop.

    Yep, looks like the original Khaki strap from the pics, it was dark green when it was brand new.

    But, when it arrives in about a week I'll give everything a very close inspection, including the case finish, I'll post my findings for everybody.

    Yes, it's a sterling case.

    This model only came in sterling silver or 14k solid gold.
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