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.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.1917 silver Mappin – Campaign Watch.Longines
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.
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.
Dennis Harris - The Early Wrist Watch in Times of War - Horological Journal 1998
David Boettcher - Arthur Baume Info