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    In Times of War - A CAMPAIGN Watch

    Ever since reading Dennis Harris entry in the Horological Journal "The Early Wrist Watch in Times of War 1899 - 1920" - I have endeavored to research, understand and own each parts of the 'jigsaw' in The Horology of the beginning of the wristwatch.


    I read in Harris's article about the Mappin and Webb 'Campaign' watch with an Omega movement. This was a pocket watch from 1900 sold in a 'wristlet' (no not made by Hermes) and worn by officers in the Boer War (1899 - 1902)
    So I got myself a 'wristlet'


    But the watch that really had was my goal was The First - 'CAMPAIGN' wristwatch - again this was sold by Mappin and Webb in 1916 with a 13" Longines movement, cal.13.34.
    This model was continued and sold by Mappin and Webb until 1920 - the discontinued.
    In 1937/8, Mappin and Webb re-introduced the 'CAMPAIGN' wristwatch.


    My search was for the '1916 CAMPAIGN Wristwatch'


    Over past 4 years only 2 turned up. The first just the enamel dial and case, the second a full timepiece.
    For various reasons I lost the both!


    So last week when a silver 1917 MAPPIN - 'CAMPAIGN' watch turned up with a BIN - I bought it immediately.
    AND, its a fantastic example, perfect and correct in every way.


    1917 silver Mappin – Campaign Watch.
    Longines
    The outer case and dust cover are signed ‘AB’ for Arthur Baum - a director of Baume & Co who had sole rights to the UK Longines agency.
    British Silver Import mark for London 1917.
    The 15 Jewel movement is also marked with B & Co. and 13.34 which refers to the movement calire.
    Serial No: 3,412,647 dates the year of manufacture to 1917.

    Genuine WW1 period Silver Military type Watch manufactured by Longines and retailed through the London jewellers ‘Mappin & Webb’.
    Known as "The Mappin Campaign" watch these watches were sold to Officers and troops as private purchase items.

    Arthur Baume

    This AB mark is the sponsor's mark registered at the assay office by Arthur Baume (1888 - 1923) Managing Director of Baume & Co.
    Baume & Company were the importer of Longines watches to the UK and all of the British Commonwealth, and also watch makers in their own right. Otherwise unmarked Logines watches from the early 20th century often bear the mark "B & Co." for Baume & Co. next to the movement calibre number under the balance wheel (Acknowledgement -
    David.b.Boettcher)


























    AND - From Longines - Official Hand-Written Records
    Longines – Official Records
    The serial number 3’412’647 identifies a silver 0.925 wristwatch fitted with the Longines manufacture caliber 13.34ZZ that was first produced in 1910.
    It was invoiced to Messrs.’ Baume, who were for many years our agent for UK, on September 2nd, 1917.


    There you go, another part of the jigsaw.
    And Finally the Mappin & Webb - 'CAMPAIGN' in 1954!! Still continueing - AMAZING.


    Regards
    adam
    AKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    Dennis Harris - The Early Wrist Watch in Times of War - Horological Journal 1998
    David Boettcher - Arthur Baume Info
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    Re: In Times of War - A CAMPAIGN Watch

    Very Nice Adam...

    Also did a tread on one of these that has an additional advert:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/how...sh-664255.html

    also did an update once serviced...

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/191...ng-701647.html

    Again... very nice!

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    Re: In Times of War - A CAMPAIGN Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparcster View Post
    Very Nice Adam...

    Also did a tread on one of these that has an additional advert:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/how...sh-664255.html

    also did an update once serviced...

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/191...ng-701647.html

    Again... very nice!

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    Hi Marc
    Thanks - Interesting yours is assayed 'a' so 1916
    And I think your serial number falls into 1916 - mine as Longines advised was 1917 as is my assay mark 'b'

    The advert you showed - again interesting as that is a 'pin set' watch so was probably a hunter pocket watch movement.
    I had not seen that advert

    Thanks for posting
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    Re: In Times of War - A CAMPAIGN Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Thanks - Interesting yours is assayed 'a' so 1916
    And I think your serial number falls into 1916 - mine as Longines advised was 1917 as is my assay mark 'b'
    Hi Adam, as my second thread says... Longines had advised on mine -

    The serial number 3’320’138 identifies a wristwatch in Silver.
    It is fitted with a Longines manufacture caliber 13.34 that was first produced in 1910.
    It was invoiced to Messrs.’ Baume, who were for many years our agent for the UK, on the 20.07.1917.

    But as you say, the assay mark is for 1916/17.
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    Re: In Times of War - A CAMPAIGN Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparcster View Post
    Hi Adam, as my second thread says... Longines had advised on mine -

    The serial number 3’320’138 identifies a wristwatch in Silver.
    It is fitted with a Longines manufacture caliber 13.34 that was first produced in 1910.
    It was invoiced to Messrs.’ Baume, who were for many years our agent for the UK, on the 20.07.1917.

    But as you say, the assay mark is for 1916/17.
    Ah - missed that - thanks was reading again about different hands and luming - Interesting
    Yours was made same time as mine and invoiced about 2 months earlier.

    I am MOST pleased with mine. Original hands, the lume is all but gone on the dial, but thats fine, I will not change it.
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    Re: In Times of War - A CAMPAIGN Watch

    Great Post !
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    Re: In Times of War - A CAMPAIGN Watch

    Super post Adam - keep 'em coming! I know you'll appreciate this piece from 1918, just to illustrate that the days of field pocket watches were not quite past
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    Tick Talk says, "A watch in the hand is worth two on the wrist"

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    Re: In Times of War - A CAMPAIGN Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tick Talk View Post
    Super post Adam - keep 'em coming! I know you'll appreciate this piece from 1918, just to illustrate that the days of field pocket watches were not quite past
    Thanks
    That IS OUTSTANDING. Its immaculate Can you post a movement picture too?
    It is strange even by 1918 - the 'pocket' watch prevailed. Why?? Safety??
    Thanks for sharing it

    @Bazzab
    Thankyou - Appreciated

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    Re: In Times of War - A CAMPAIGN Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Can you post a movement picture too?
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    Here is the time-only movement. The Corps of Engineers specified a "half-chronometer" and 2,000 were ordered but it appears far fewer were delivered. This caliber RA 19-194 ART has 15 jewels and measures 19 lignes.
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    Tick Talk says, "A watch in the hand is worth two on the wrist"

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    Re: In Times of War - A CAMPAIGN Watch

    Interesting
    "Half Chronometer" why? Because escapement is 'just' a detached lever?
    I think you may have explained it before - Sorry I forget.
    Regards
    NEVER ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT. FIRST THEY WILL DRAG YOU DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL. THEN, THEY WILL BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE.

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