Time Capsule: Lt. Nelson Bump's WW1 Cyma Trench Watch

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  1. Robert Stokes

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    [ Please go to my "Time Capsule" website ( www.TimeCapsule-Watch.com ) to read the story of Lt. Nelson Marks Bump & his 1918 Cyma trench watch (click the <WW1> menu....) ]

    Nelson Marks Bump
    (1891–1962) came from a prominent Binghamton, NY family. Despite a terrible youthful accident that cost him one of his legs, he volunteered during WW1 to join the American Red Cross (ARC). In May 1918, Nelson was sent to London as a transportation coordinator at ARC Headquarters. While stationed there, Nelson purchased his sterling silver "Cyma London" oval watch, and had it engraved “Nelson Marks Bump / American Red Cross / USA”.

    After the war, he had a distinguished career as a public servant in Binghamton, ranging from the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works to the Broome County Parks Commissioner. Nelson was a pioneering conservationist, serving as Chairman of the New York State Forest Conference, secretary of the New York State Conservation Council, and one of the founding members of the National Wildlife Federation.

    Nelson Bump died in 1962 at age 71, and is buried in his home town of Binghamton, NY.

    bump - 1st Bio Page.jpg bump - watch face 1.jpg bump - watch back 1.jpg bump - 1918 Red Cross Article.jpg
     
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    great story, Robert.
     
  3. roughbarked

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    I wonder which movement. I'm really wondering. Most of these contain a watch movement that was manufactured later than 1914 by Cyma, Tavannes or Tacy. So I'd love to be educated as to which movement was actually used..
     
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    Great research - lovely watch.
    Apart from its history and age that oval shape is rare and beautiful
    Regards
     
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    Another vote for more on the movement, please.
     
  6. Robert Stokes

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    According to the Seller from whom i purchased the watch, "The watch is powered by a 13 ligne manual wind, nickel finish 15 jewel Cyma Ref. 370 movement. It has been recently serviced by my talented watchmaker and runs well, keeping accurate time. It’s clean and bright, and looks to be in great shape. "

    I've also attached a photo of the Cyma movement. You can find more information about the movement by going to my TimeCapsule website, using the <WW1> menu to find Bump's story, and then click on "<Cyma Watch Gallery> button....

    Thank you for your interest! I'll be happy to try to answer any other questions...

    Bob
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  7. Robert Stokes

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    Adam -- Thank you for continuing to look at my posts.....I really appreciate your kind words!

    Bob
     
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    #8 roughbarked, Jun 10, 2020
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    It is a Tavannes/Cyma movement but it is elswhere listed as being manufactured around 1925 to 1930.

    And Ad Block Plus stops me looking deeper at your site.

    I am in no doubt that it was made by the company known at some stage in time by the name Cyma.

    I am in doubt bout which numbered movement, when.
     
  9. Jessk09

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    I am wondering if the back of the watch was hand printed it definitely does look a little crude...
     
  10. JTD

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    As it was an 'after market' addition, I suppose it would have to have been done by hand. Perhaps a local jeweler or someone with an electric stylus.

    Although the letters are a little crude, the engraver has consistently followed a particular style of lettering throughout and the sizing and spacing is pretty symmetrical.

    I have seen far worse.

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  11. Robert Stokes

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    Jess & JTD --

    Thank you for your comments! I agree with JTD's assessment -- the engraving was not done by a professional, but by an "amateur" with a consistent style. I was always surprised that Nelson Bump did not have the watch professionally engraved in London -- it was obviously a very expensive sterling silver watch, and Lt. Bump was quite wealthy (as you will note in his Biography, Nelson won the equivalent of $500,000 in his 1915 setttlement with the railroad...).

    I have attached a photo of Lt. Bump's engraving, along with "professional" inscriptions from two of my other "Time Capsule" WW1 watches -- a 1917 Waltham Depollier watch belonging to Harris R. Till, and a 1916 watch belonging to Lt. D. M Crew (an English soldier who was killed in Belgium in 1918).

    I am amazed that craftsmen could produce such beautiful work "by hand" -- with no laser tools !!!

    Bob

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