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    Military Wristwatches

    Dear All.
    I came across a folder of original Military Wristwatch adverts from 1915 - 1919.
    Some very interesting information in them.
    I will post one a day, as I think valuable reference material for dials, cases hands etc.

    This first one is Lancet Military watches 1918, but look at the "Oblong Military Watch" and the "Oval Military Watch", who would have thought it.



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    Re: Military Wristwatches

    Nice Adam, love these old adverts.
    I had to look up the Bugby Niles buckle mentioned in the top right pic.
    Turns out they sold jewelry. I'm curious what it looked like.
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    Re: Military Wristwatches

    No idea to that, I never even spotted that, good for you to see it.
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    Re: Military Wristwatches

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Dear All.

    This first one is Lancet Military watches 1918, but look at the "Oblong Military Watch" and the "Oval Military Watch", who would have thought it.



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    Very nice advert Adam.

    You must have missed this 1918 one I posted in the "ECLECTIC ADVERTS" thread back in August!

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    Here is a photo you have seen before that I posted in the "early wristwatch articles" thread, of General J. Bell from circa 1916 wearing a rectangular cased watch.





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    It shows rectangular, square and two tonneau shaped military watches.


    There is also this Gruen advert from 1918 (first posted here by another member) with square cased military watch.





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    Re: Military Wristwatches

    Wore this British issued trench watch in memory to does who scarified there lives for freedom. Oops wrong thread! Sorry.
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    Re: Military Wristwatches

    A similar watch to the one in the advert.




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    Re: Military Wristwatches

    Thats both very cool and provenance of military.

    MORC = what?

    got it: Medical Officers Reserve Corps
    Fantastic
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    Re: Military Wristwatches

    Fantastic advert H. I suppose it was natural that in the early days of the man's wristwatch they were trying to hunt around for a style that would sell, have some design longevity. Plus today we tend to see the military wristwatch as "all business", more "masculine", striped of artifice and styling. Which is a huge part of its appeal to your "post modernist". However if we go back not so long ago military style was far more dressy, even in combat and nations would compete over how gaudy and fashionable their troops were. Put in today's terms a US Marine would fight battles in his dress uniform rather than khakis or camouflage. The Great War was a major point of change for that. In the face of the withering fire of industrialised mass carnage the cut of one's uniform looked pointless. Still there was that holdover(especially among the officer class with the cash to spend), a holdover that lasted until WW2. The German forces were far more "dressy" than the US as an example*. So these military dress watches don't surprise me that much, though great to see a thought that hadn't really occurred to me before made flesh in this advert.

    *aside* You often read this kinda style referred to as Art Deco. IMHO they're much more Art Nouveau in nature, the sinuous numerals the curved case, the Oval case couldn't be more Art Nouveau if it tried. This fits in with the period too. Art Deco doesn't really get a wider public foothold until the 1920's and doesn't hit a peak until the latter part of that decade and into the next.





    *actually I've noticed over the years of looking at German WW2 pilots that more often than not, they're sporting 1930's Tank style dress watches than what collectors would regard as "proper" pilots watches. If they're wearing watches at all. British pilots would be similar.
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    Re: Military Wristwatches

    This one should be more appropriate for this thread.
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    Re: Military Wristwatches

    Indeed, very nice.
    i just never thought of these as "military" pieces, but I agree to all Wibbs comments.

    will post the next advert page soon
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