ANOTHER RARE AND HISTORICAL MILITARY WATCH FIND FROM ANTIQUETIMEONLINE!! A GORGEOUS RARE CIRCA 1918 GENUINE QUALITY 15 JEWEL LONGINES RARE EARLY MILITARY SOLID 925 ENGLISH STERLING SILVER GENUINE TRENCH WATCH. My theory of maybe the original owner. After a lot of research this watch MAY have been owned by Cecil Brockett of the 457th W. R Field Co of the Royal Engineers.I have used the inscription on the rear of the case of this lovely watch which says'S. Brockett was discharged from the Army in 1920 AND MIGHT HAVE gone on to Join The Irish royal constabulary or the'BLACK AND TANS' although I do not have acess to the records for this company of men who joined them after WW1. The inscription seems important and the only reference that I can find for the initials S.
Which was the French initials for the. LEAGUE OF NATIONS who brokered a ceasefire between the Irish and the English to end the war. This begs the question of whether Cecil Brockett was more than a normal Black and Tan recruit.However I may be going down the wrong route completely. I will leave you to research some more! FULLY SERVICED AND READY TO WEAR! This is an absolutely beautiful 4 piece genuine solid HIGH GRADE 925 STERLING SOLID SILVER watch case. The case is in EXCELLENT condition, showing only light wear. This lovely watch case has an Engraving to it which says'S. The HINGED MOSER STYLE lugs have NOT had any old repairs and look stunning. The inside of the case is beautifully and crisply marked with FULL English hallmarks for 925 solid silver, WITH THE SPONSORS MARK FOR ALFRED BAUME (BAUME & MERCIER, retailers of longines products at this time). The case is fully hallmarked for English sterling silver and has London Assay office marks with a date letter for 1918. The case measures 3.5cms (35mm) in diameter.
It is of excellent quality and a good weight as you would expect for a field watch. This is a fantastic lovely original bright white dial It is signed by the famous WW1 retailer J.The dial is in absolutely excellent condition and is showing NO hairlines and just some light dust and dirt particles (under magnification) here and there. All of the BEAUTIFUL BLACK painted Arabic numerals are crisp and sharp and most have all of the original lume apart from 11 and 2 which have lost a little. The dial has a gorgeous black painted outer minute track. The dial has 2 fantastic original cathedral style steel hands which are in excellent good condition with just very light oxidisation.
The lume was patchy on the hands so I had it removed. The crystal is a plexi replacement. It is in excellent condition showing no wear marks. This is a wonderful genuine high grade MINTY LONGINES 13.34 top quality 15 jewels (CHATON SET) 3/4 plate gilt movement.It is signed'B&CO' (BAUME & CO were official LONGINES movement importers and suppliers in the UK at this time). Under the dial the watch is stamped'LONGINES'. The calibre 13.34 is one of the most difficult early Longines movements for the collector to find, it being also one of the companys first calibres designed specifically for the wristwatch in 1910 and almost all examples now reside in private collections from whence they are unlikely to reappear in the foreseeable future. This fantastic movement is in good working order and has just BEEN FULLY SERVICED by my watchmaker.
The movement photos have been taken on my watchmakers bench while it was being serviced! I have timed it over 24 hours and keeps good time to within a few mins a day.
It is manual wind and pin set. All in all this is a beautiful high quality original LONGINES movement. The movement is numered 3589424 dating it to 1917/18.The crown is rose gold in color and looks to be the original'onion' type a replacement from new. This beautiful timepiece is fitted with a brand new 12mm extra long black leather band. It has a white metal buckle. This is an absolutely fantastic band to this gorgeous watch!! The watch and band measure just over 9 inches in total length. A LOVELY LONGINES TRENCH WATCH SHOWING VERY LITTLE WEAR AND IT IS A REALLY GREAT RARE AND HISTORICAL BRITISH OWNED POSSIBLY MILITARY ITEM! I describe all of my items to the best of my knowledge. You may only return an item if there was a MAJOR mistake made by me in the description of the item that I have overlooked. Please do not waste anyones time if you are not interested. The item "ANTIQUE 1918 SOLID SILVER MILITARY LONGINES TRENCH WATCH WW1 LEAGUE OF NATIONS" is in sale since Thursday, July 09, 2015.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "slake25" and is located in YORKSHIRE.This item can be shipped worldwide.