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    Would this be a good example of a ww1 "trench"

    Hello everyone! im fairly new to the "trench" style watch. Seller claims is running and original. My question is would this be a good example of an original trench style watch from the ww1 period? For around 100$ usd would i be getting a fair offer?
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    Re: Would this be a good example of a ww1 "trench"

    I wouldnt pay more than around 60. 100 seems high IMHO.

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    Its a nice all original WW1 style wristwatch
    $100 is not a fortune - needs a nice strap
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    Re: Would this be a good example of a ww1 "trench"

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Its a nice all original WW1 style wristwatch
    $100 is not a fortune - needs a nice strap
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    May not be a fortune to you, but after service it's more that what you payed, and he says it's a trench "style" watch. So, it's your call
    Looks nice though
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinknocker View Post
    May not be a fortune to you, but after service it's more that what you payed, and he says it's a trench "style" watch. So, it's your call
    Looks nice though
    OK - its IS a trench watch - no doubt to that, and all original
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    Re: Would this be a good example of a ww1 "trench"

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    OK - its IS a trench watch - no doubt to that, and all original
    You definitely know more about this than I do, and I trust your judgment on this, but let me ask you this, how can you confirm it was in the trenches? That's the problem I have with these. Love them but you can never be sure.
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    This looks like a classic American "trench" watch. A seven jewel AS Swiss movement (in Europe they generally wanted 15 jewels) in an American base metal case. In it's day this watch would have fitted between an Ingersoll and the lower end American-made "trench" watches. The great thing about these watches is that you don't need a posh watchsmith to clean and service them which probably explains why it's 100 years old and still working.

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    If you talk about a trench watch as in style then that is 100 per cent a trench watch.

    If you are looking for a genuine trench watch then without provenance you are just buying an adapted pocket watch.

    I say this as my grandfather had one of these that was given to him by his uncle who adapted his following WW1 as he thought it was such a good idea.

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    I was able to pick up the following watch off of eBay last year with what I think is rock solid provenance. It has a tag dated 1957 that came with it signed by the original owner saying purchased during World War I in France. I wouldn’t call it you’re a traditional trench watch style but certainly a trench watch used during WWI. An awesome large size wrist watch from the early wristwatch period with an absolutely killer dial. I spent a small fortune getting it running again but worth every penny. Knowing who owned it and that it was used in the war, it deserved to be repaired. In the tag photo you can see the watch and donor Kummer movement I was able to find on eBay in the UK after an exhausting search. I sent it all to Mark at Trenchwatchrestorations on eBay who restores trench watches and just got it back. Very happy although the lume touch up on the hands is a little sloppy but it runs perfectly. By the way I made the leather strap myself.


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