Trench watches

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  1. novicetimekeeper

    novicetimekeeper Registered User

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    There seems to be a bit of interest in these on the forum again, I own a couple but know little about them other than them having import marks for the silver cases that place them during WWI

    One is a cylinder and a decent size watch, the other seems better finished and is presumably a lever, it is also a smaller size. Neither is here at the moment they are both at school on display but I have pictures of the movements if anybody can identify them.

    One of them is more active than some of our radiation sources at work but it is on display in a locked glass cabinet so no harm can come to anybody.


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  2. gmorse

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    Hi Nick,

    The lever is a decent quality movement, (although the balance is uncut and seemingly not bimetallic), with 13 jewels if the top ones are matched on the bottom, in a case with swing lugs, which is also a better quality feature. Are there any sponsor's marks in the cases? Which assay office marked them; was it Glasgow?

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    The lever I just realised is still here, taking my life in my hands I'm just looking at it for you. It has London import marks, the funny looking omega sign, that GS chap as a sponsor and a date letter u

    The case is 28mm diameter a round cushion case with the more advanced hinged strap mounts. Obviously very keen to go as it started ticking when I picked it up!
     
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    Hi Nick,

    Thanks, the shipping and assay agents George Stockwell were one of the largest importers of Swiss watches at the beginning of the C20th. More here on Mr. Boettcher's excellent website.

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    I can't recall the details of the cylinder, it is a similar date and I think another GS but possibly Glasgow.

    This is the front of the lever. A bit of the radium paint has got dislodged from a hand


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    Hi Novicetimekeeper
    I know this is an old thread but I've been looking for info on all my early 1900's wrist watches.
    I have a cylinder like that one as well.
    In Roy Ehrhardt's pocket watch guides the movement with the same plate design are identified as "maltons".

    I might be able to find your other one as well it looks familiar.
    Dan

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    Graham has the cylinder at the moment to service. I'm hoping it will be a decent runner and I can wear it while my rolex sub goes for service. The lever is a bit on the small side for me to wear.
     
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    Nice,
    I'm pretty sure that the lever is a Tavannes.
    I'm starting to like these more, but I find these too small as well, I am 6'4" though so alot are small on me.
    Dan
     

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