Watch's origin: American
Number of jewels: 7
Case: Philadelphia Watch Case Company
Type of Watch: Wrist
Lug Width: 16mm
Dimension: Approximately 31mm by 35mm
As hard as it is to believe, there was no men's wristwatch market prior to WWI. Wristwatches, or "wristlets" were primarily ladies novelties — small altered pocket watches worn on ribbon straps around the wrist or hooked to bracelet chains. While men's wristwatches were produced in very limited numbers for certain military applications as early as the turn of the century, men of the day considered these pieces to be effeminate and undesirable. Ladies had the first taste of the Victorian wristlet in the form of a "convertible" watch - a timepiece that could be worn as a pendant, on a pin or - when fitted with the appropriate hardware and ribbon band - a novel "wristlet" watch!
For the doughboys of WWI, wrist watches offered a convenient departure from pocket watches of the day, as a watch worn on the wrist was easier to consult than one in the pocket. Cases were composed of silver, nickel or gold; some had shrapnel guards or covers to protect the men from shards of glass if the crystal broke, and to guard the crystal against breakage from brush or rough use. Such models were usually the most expensive; today they are the most coveted.
We're delighted to offer this completely WWI era American Waltham Watch Company "trench" watch - circa 1916 - featuring oversized lugs and custom-fitted strap.
For example, this extraordinarily early men's wristlet watch in solid silverode is positively historic. Strong, exquisite, original - with the exception of the dial, which was professionally restored. What more could one want from a classic timepiece?
Its factory metal dial, marked "Waltham," features wonderfully stylized numerals, fancy blued hands and sub-seconds register. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a peek at the beginning of modern horology. It is the type of important timepiece that looked so stunning on the wrist as both a conversation starter, and conversation stopper.
Open its un-engraved back and you'll find a completely and professionally restored, ruby-jeweled American Waltham Watch Company movement, marking time as it did during WWI. The case measures approximately 32mm (not including crown) by 35mm from lug to lug.
It's time to spoil yourself by purchasing a piece of timekeeping and military history. Impress your clients, one-up the boys at the 19th hole and create waves of envy among the co-workers with this authentic WWI-era timepiece!