Watch's origin: Swiss
Number of jewels: 15
Type of Watch: Wrist
Lug Width: 12mm
Dimension: Case is 34mm in diameter; 39mm lug to lug
Those of you familiar with our work know we specialize in rare and unusual timepieces. Specifically, we are interested in works of vintage wrist art that have an impressive stance and design. We do not confine ourselves to certain makers, nor do we exclude makers by preconception. The works we offer rise based on their own merit.
For example, we specialize in, among other genres, the WWI-era wristlet watch. Considered the first true wristwatch, these magnificent works exude a strength and style absent in most subsequent generations. The wire-lug wristlet watch has the distinct look of a small pocket watch on the wrist – because in many cases, that's precisely what it was. Restored, polished and calibrated, fitted on a two-piece horsehide strap, they are an indication of the exquisite taste of the wearer.
Case in point: This men's solid sterling silver 1923 Rolex "Trench" wristlet watch. Straight from an English estate where it lay hidden for nearly a hundred years, this prescient triumph symbolizes the forward-thinking drive of its creator, Hans Wilsdorf. It is not exquisite simply because it is a Rolex. It is exquisite because it is an expertly designed wrist machine that created a benchmark for style and resilience pursued to this day.
Please take a moment to admire the work for what it is: elegant, understated, proper. Its hinged, solid sterling silver case is 34mm in diameter; 39mm lug to lug and perfectly balanced on the wrist. Restored hands and unsigned porcelain dial in ice-cream white create a dignified ambiance.
Open its hinged back and you will find correct Rolex markings and Glasgow hallmarks, as well as a triumph of early horological engineering: a high-grade 15 jewel mechanism, hand-damaskeened and finished to the exacting standards of Mr. Wilsdorf himself.
Of course we could not resist fitting the watch with one of our own WWI era straps, produced in-house from the world's finest black cordovan leather.