Vintage World War I era Reuche Trench Watch with Shrapnel Guard. 34mm Nickel cased Reuche trench watch engraved with W. Case and movement are both signed "Reuche, " dial is signed Patria. I do not believe this to be a Patria watch. The watch had a plastic crystal when it came to me, with radiation burns over the numbers that still had radium.
It appears the original crystal was broken in antiquity and possibly the original face damaged at that time. The watchmaker most likely replaced the dial with whatever he had that fit, which happened to be a Patria. The dial is excellent with no cracks or chips.
15 jewel movement manufactured by Fontainemelon. I cleaned and polished this watch, re-lumed the face and hands, replaced the burned plastic crystal with mineral glass, fit a new mainspring and also a new winding stem.The strap is a new Bund, oily leather strap. I did wear this watch for a week to test operation.
It runs for two full days on a wind, with no issues and keeps good time. It's a beautiful, running trench watch that would look great on your wrist or in your collection. I will include the burned plastic crystal if you'd like it for the story. The item "Vintage WW1 Era Reuche Trench Watch with Shrapnel Guard, Red 12" is in sale since Thursday, September 10, 2020.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches". The seller is "peeklaw" and is located in Champaign, Illinois.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Japan, France, Australia, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.