As is typical of real trench watches, this piece does not have a serial number and was likely made for the masses of soldiers in Europe entering the Great War. There's pretty much no markings whatsoever. Likely an officer's watch, who knows what events it witnessed. The movement is fully serviced and keeping time. Dial and Hands: Black and white porcelain dial in a bullseye pattern, this piece is a rare find!Photos say it all, but barely a hairline visible. Hands are blued steel with just a bit of original lume remaining. Reluming is possible to do if desired. Case & Guard: Silver case as you can see from the interior markings. More exciting is that the case is semi-hermetic with threaded back and front bezel.
No polishing done at all and the silver has tons of patina. It's a real beauty. Original'pumpkin' crown as well. The shrapnel guard is a Telephone Dial type marked RD 644549 patented by Alfred Davison in 1912 (thank you David Boettcher). Strap: Custom made Kitchener style strap in black with contrast stitching.
The watch will be functional and keeping time when you receive it and into the future! Time is obsessed with vintage watches. We focus our collection on military watches from WW1, both American brands like Waltham and Elgin, as well as Swiss made trench watches and a special fondness for Borgel cased examples.
So great is our love for trench watches, we make our own period correct straps in multiple styles. Please see our other listings. In addition, we love vintage watches from later decades up to the 1960's, tracing the evolution of the wrist watch from a military technology to an everyday accessory.
Our emphasis is mainly in no-name brands for everyday wearing, but also include a focus on Gruen and Tissot watches. Lastly, our obsession includes chronographs from the 40's-60's. Our approach to repair is almost exclusively sympathetic, meaning that we will service the movement and leave all of the patina of the dial and cases untouched. We do not polish our cases, or have on very rare occasions.
In most cases, the original crystal is retained and if needed only hand polished (plastic crystals only). Our preference is to retain as much of the patina of the watches that we acquire.
Cases are cleaned of dirt and grime, crystals are buffed (if possible) and dials are only minimal touched, if at all. Time, this is the true essence of vintage watches and we hope you share in our enjoyment! The item "RARE WWI Trench Watch, A Schild 137, Semi-hermetic Case SERVICED WITH WARRANTY" is in sale since Tuesday, December 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches".time" and is located in New York, New York.
This item can be shipped worldwide.