Men’s 1919 Elgin Silver Trench Wrist Watch

Men’s 1919 Elgin Silver Trench Wrist Watch

Item: W1793

Watch's origin: American

Number of jewels: 7

Case: Philadelphia Watch Case. Co

Manufacturer: Elgin

Type of Watch:  Wrist

Type: Open-Face

Lug Width: 10mm

Dimension: Approx. 38mm lug-to-lug by approx. 31mm in diameter.

Composition: Silver

Other Attributes:   Military
 Wire Lug

Price: $1,450.00

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Elgin took a rather risky move at the turn of the 20th century: Acting on a breeze of fashion change in Europe, they began to manufacture wristlets or wristwatches for the public. These converted pocket watches could be worn on the wrist by a chain or ribbon, allowing the wearer to check the time without fumbling at the breast or in a pocket for a pendant. Women were the first to wear a wristwatch: Victorian men thought a watch tied with a ribbon to the wrist was too effeminate. However, after seeing a number of comrades shot as they fumbled with their pocket watches, legends has it that a German Army officer tied his pocket watch to his wrist with a piece of cloth so that he could quickly glance at it. Later, he was said to have had wire lugs soldered to the case and thus the men's wristwatch craze was born.

Elgin began devoting much energy toward manufacturing watches and timers for the U.S. military. They offered a special wrist model for the relatively unknown U.S. Army Air Corps.

We, at Strickland Vintage Watches, are happy to offer this completely original example of an Elgin U.S. military-type wristwatch circa 1918. This example, in solid sterling silver, measures approx. 38mm lug-to-lug by approx. 31mm in diameter.

Its metal dial original, foxed and venerable; original blued spear-and-space hands are correct and in good condition, and its French glass crystal is flawless.

The solid sterling silver hinged case is in good original condition, from its correct pumpkin or onion crown to its polished, fitted bezel and thick lugs.

Its engraved, hinged back opens to reveal its original 7 ruby jewel, hand-damaskeened solid nickel plate movement, which has been carefully cleaned, oiled and regulated.

We’ve taken the liberty of fitting this example with one of our own correctly recreated one-piece straps in black cordovan with matching sterling buckle. These straps are not only historically accurate, they display the watch well and are quite comfortable.

Please feel free to take a few moments and admire this historic work of horological art!