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    Identifying WW1 wrist watch

    Hello, I'm new to the forum and have joined to find the answer to a question about a wrist watch that my grandfather had in WW1. He was killed in action in 1918 when my Dad was a just a baby. His watch was returned home and passed down to my father and eventually to me. It was stolen from my house with other items, so I can't provide a picture. As part of my research into my grandfather's short life, I'm trying to identify what was a distinctive looking wrist watch.
    It had a case that looked like steel and it had a fixed metal cover over the glass, with 12 circular holes through which to view the numbers on the dial and a large circular hole in the middle through which to see the hands. Since my grandfather was a gunner and not an officer, was it unusual to have a wrist watch then or did the army issue them in an effort to coordinate artillery and other actions? I recall that the winder was a substantial serrated knob but at some stage it was damaged and a Kensington watch smith replaced it with horrible modern thing and lost the original, but that doesn't help identify it.
    Have any forum members come across a similar looking watch that I can try and see a picture of and establish the make and preferably the original cost?
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    Re: Identifying WW1 wrist watch

    Paul welcome to the forum.

    Sorry for your losses.

    You might want to browse through this topic where we presented many WW I era watches:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/100...s-1048312.html

    The first one looks something as you've described.
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    Re: Identifying WW1 wrist watch

    I hope they catch the thief/thieves...
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    Re: Identifying WW1 wrist watch

    It sounds like a non-uncommon style of wristwatch with a metal "guard" over the crystal that would have been availalbe to anyone with the $5-10 they were worth at the time. Most of these watches weren't issued by the military but were purchased by loved ones. In the early days of the war, espeically in the colonies (you don't say where you're from) enlisting was a seen as a patriotic embrace of the homeland. In Canada, it was seen as a "British" thing, to the point that people who didn't have a british background were discouraged from enlisting entirely. As such, those who enlisted were often feted by their peers, and seems it wasn't uncommon for a watch to be purchased for them.
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    Re: Identifying WW1 wrist watch

    From the description it sounds like it could be one like this.
    Rarer than most, and would have possibly been an expensive model if this is like it.



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    Re: Identifying WW1 wrist watch

    No, the cut-outs were all circular, so more metal case covering the glass. Thanks for the thought.

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    YES, that's an almost identical case, although the one illustrated is much shinier than my Grandfather's and I don't remember a second hand or the 24 hour! Thank you very much for letting me know. i will be on the lookout for one of those.

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    I should have identified who I was replying to. This watch is very similar. Do you know the make? Thanks again.

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    Re: Identifying WW1 wrist watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulmh View Post
    No, the cut-outs were all circular, so more metal case covering the glass. Thanks for the thought.
    Can you see the pic I posted, or has it not uploaded?
    The holes are all circular as you described.

    Edit- here is another.



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