ELGIN WW1 Military Trench-watch with the Elgin USA Black Star Enamel Dial. It has a 7 jeweled, hand-wind mechanical movement, dated 1917, that I had serviced roughly a year ago. Take a look at photos #9 and #10 for some close-up pictures and you will see a solid movement. And in the rest of the photos you will see an overall solid WW1 timepiece. The WW1 Elgin "Black Star" is in Very Good condition.
It shows normal wear and tear for a piece being over 100 years old. As you see in the photos, there are nicks, scratches, and wear to the case.
The case is from the period, modified with lugs in the early 1900's, and has not been polished, recently, to my knowledge. Of course, the used look is in, right? These trench-watch cases were derived from ladies' watch pendents (worn around a nun's, nurse's or a proper woman's neck). The movement, dial, crystal and hands are in much better condition.
When I sent it off to be serviced, about a year ago, my watch guy assured me that the dial or hands have NOT been repainted or polished, respectively. He simply thinks the dial and hands have been lightly cleaned. He does feel the crystal was either polished clear or replaced. And I trust him because he specializes in WW1 and WW2 issued timepieces.
I also did NOT have my watch guy clean or polish anything. All he did was service the original 1917 Elgin movement which is in Very Good condition. There are no issues with the 1917 Elgin movement.
The winding is a little tight, but in a good way. In photo #12, there is more information from pocketwatchdatabase. Yet if you look up my feedback, I have pretty good track record.
The accuracy/variance is about +/- 2 minutes a day. Yet, on my wrist, it has performed much better. The power reserve is roughly 36 hours on a full wind.
Just a reminder, be sure to look at my details of the WW1 Elgin "Black Star". Especially the case size of 32 mm. That is small compared to todays timepieces, yet was very common for watches of this era.
And Im talking about mens watches! In photos #1, #2, and #3, you can see how the Elgin "Black Star" sits on my 7 inch wrist. Today this watch can be worn comfortably by a man or woman. I have also included two extra watchband options, as seen in photo #4.You will receive the WW1 styled, all black leather strap, that is seen in photo #1. As seen in photo #2, you can change out the middle section of the strap to a brown one.
Or you can choose the third option. As seen in photo #3, a single saddle leather brown one piece strap. Look at photo #4, again, and it'll make sense!
You will get to choose from three watchband options. All three watchbands comfortably fit a 7 inch wrist.
None of the straps are vintage. They have all been made, by hand, by my watch guy in the past year or two. Other than the straps, as I stated above, this WW1 timepiece is all original to the period.The case, lugs, movement, dial, and hands are from the early 1900's, probably around 1917, since that is the year to which the movement's serial dates. Were all these pieces originally paired together in 1917? I can't answer that question. Before WW1, all types of timepieces were volunteered and donated to the war effort, such as pockets, pendents, clocks, etc. How and when these pieces were affixed is not precisely known. Hell, I'm sure someone knows, yet he's not sitting here, watching the Incredible Dr. Pol, writing this details page. Since the Elgin "Black Star" is a vintage timepiece, it will require future service over years. As I said above, my watch guy serviced the Elgin roughly a year ago, so you should be good for a few years. Obviously I cannot guarantee the piece to maintain its accuracy over the months and years. The owner must regularly maintenance the watch throughout the years to maintain peak performance.
Thank you for reading and have a good life. I will entertain reasonable offers. The item "ELGIN WW1 Military Trench-watch, Elgin USA Black Star Enamel Dial, 32mm case" is in sale since Monday, January 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "morrisbeef519" and is located in Pasadena, California.This item can be shipped to United States.