Since my last post a few months ago (https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/old...h-1966370.html) I've been busy restoring my 1912 Waltham trench watch back to its former glory. First I gently cleaned the four piece sterling silver case, removing a fair bit of grime and tarnish that had accumulated over the years in the process. Next I sent the case off to the US to have a fresh new glass crystal installed as the one it had when I received it was made from plastic and had started to yellow at the edges. I then began to search fervently for the correct 0 size blue 'spade and whip' watch hands that we all decided it originally would have had (many thanks to Bobbee for sharing the original adverts to confirm this); these watch hands are rare and not easy to come by! While all this was going on I purchased a lovely two piece 'brandy' leather watch strap with a sterling silver buckle from the very talented David Boettcher.
However, this is where things got a little interesting- while I was waiting for the case to return from the US I noticed a watch had been put up for sale that bore a striking resemblance to mine. On closer inspection I noticed that not only was it similar, it was exactly the same! It had the same Arabic style red 12 dial, the same ultra rare cursive 'U.S.A.' font under the Waltham dial label, and not only that it also had the same ultra rare four piece sterling silver Dennison wristwatch case, featuring the same 'n' hallmark stamp for 1912/13. To finish it all off it also held the same gold guilt 0 size 7 jewel movement dated to the same 1909/10 period!
But it gets even better- when I compared the Dennison case serial numbers they were only 9 digits apart (!!!), being 139764 and 139773 respectively. What I find so remarkable about this is that these two watches were likely made on the very same day, and now over 100 years later they've been reunited again and sit side by side as they would have done originally back in 1912!
After ordering a second two piece watch strap from David they now happily sit side by side in my collection.