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    West End Queen Anne

    A chuncky trench watch from my collection
    During WW1, a large force of British and Indian soldiers were sent from Bombay to the Persian Gulf to reach Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq). West End Watch Queen Anne was part of their official uniform gear. It is a perfect soldier's watch with a 42 mm diameter case with a thick glass.
    I've fitted it on my home made calf leather leather strap.
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    IMHO West End is quite an under underappretiated brand and gives good value for money . I have quite a few of them which I would like to share with you soon
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    Re: West End Queen Anne

    Nice piece - looks all original
    West End Watch Co was a Swiss manufacturer called Montres West End SA.

    West End Watch Company was their Bombay Company ans was still trading late 20th Century.
    The name 'West End' was clever, as it implied a high end UK company - 'Queen Anne' was a registered trade mark as were others like 'SOWAR' - the name given to Laurence of Arabia - means warrior in Indian
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_End_Watch_Co.

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    Re: West End Queen Anne

    Very nice and excellent looking.

    BTW: your "home-made" strap looks like top-notch work.

    Looking forward to seeing some more West Ends...

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    Re: West End Queen Anne

    That's a great looking West End, strong and rugged, thick bevelled glass..
    good watch on a good looking strap.

    I agree that West End is 'quite an under underappretiated brand', although not so much
    in this forum as I know some members own and appreciate these.

    Here is mine from 1944/45...West End, C.S.I (Civil Service India) marked, Longines movement in a
    two piece tropical case.



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    Re: West End Queen Anne

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    'Queen Anne' was a registered trade mark as were others like 'SOWAR' - the name given to Laurence of Arabia - means warrior in Indian
    West End Watch Co. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    'SOWAR' in Hindi means 'mounted'. So in this case, a crude translation would be 'Cavalryman'.

    Nice watch Aashdin!

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    Re: West End Queen Anne

    Quote Originally Posted by Paleotime View Post
    Very nice and excellent looking.

    BTW: your "home-made" strap looks like top-notch work.

    Looking forward to seeing some more West Ends...
    I have over 50 trench watches & their fixed lugs being small in width, the thin straps that fit on them don't look good. So after taking some design examples from the net I made these straps. My grand mom was a seamstress & I still have her Singer sewing machine which I know how to use. I buy pieces of calf leather from the local market. The entangled thin strap is rexine.
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    It's really a great watch in this condition with all original thick glass .But I replaced my glass
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