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Military Cushion Great War

#1 Post by GJH » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:07 pm

Here is one of my favorites...
The Admiral Benson (Thanks to Stan for discovering this name!)

This is a military cushion fixed lugs from 1918, engraved with Captain Provenance.
All original.

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Re: Military Cushion Great War

#2 Post by Literustyfan » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:04 am

Greg,

Nice GF Illinois Admiral Benson case, with the original factory crown too boot!

I just finished a sympathetic restoration on a sterling silver WWI Elgin Admiral Benson with swivel lugs a few days ago.

Only mechanical repairs were done to this one, nothing cosmetic.
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Re: Military Cushion Great War

#3 Post by GJH » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:14 am

That is FANASTIC Stan!!!

I love the way you "left" the case in that condition... not too much, not too little.

The watch is a great example with a super dial and movement.

Your work speaks for itself and this is just another example of a pro at work.

I have a few of these with the swivel lugs like yours and I think I probably got one or both of them from
you. I know the one with the band for sure.

Admiral Benson (Gun Metal Finish)
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Re: Military Cushion Great War

#4 Post by Literustyfan » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:30 am

NICE!

To the best of my knowledge the straight bar swivel lugs came first.

The split swivel lugs came second.

I prefer the split swivel lugs myself, it opens up a TON more strap options.

If the swivel lugs are split in the middle you can work a "spring bar" type of strap onto the watch, you are not bound to open ended straps.
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Re: Military Cushion Great War

#5 Post by Literustyfan » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:50 am

Here is a pic showing the difference between "straight" and "split" swivel lugs.

Straight and split swivel lugs were available on both lug designs, rectangle and flared tips.

Both styles were available for the Benson, Evans, Joffre, Funston and a couple other swivel lug models.
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Re: Military Cushion Great War

#6 Post by GJH » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:50 am

Literustyfan wrote:
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:50 am
Here is a pic showing the difference between "straight" and "split" swivel lugs.
Straight and split swivel lugs were available on both lug designs, rectangle and flared tips.
Both styles were available for the Benson, Evans, Joffre, Funston and a couple other swivel lug models.

Interesting Stan...

The fixed lugs (non split) are kind of a pain as far as bands.
I wonder if someone decided to cut them in the center to ease the entry of a different kind of band
(In the trenches?) and the companies realized this was much easier and adapted the design.

I love this groupshot you put up. Very cool stuff my friend.
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Re: Military Cushion Great War

#7 Post by GJH » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:39 pm

I just found one of my rare "Non-Illinois" with swivel lugs...

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Re: Military Cushion Great War

#8 Post by Literustyfan » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:27 am

NICE 39mm 1917 Elgin General Joffre!

I love those bigger size 6s trench watches!
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Re: Military Cushion Great War

#9 Post by GJH » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:15 pm

Literustyfan wrote:
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:27 am
NICE 39mm 1917 Elgin General Joffre!
I love those bigger size 6s trench watches!
Just picked up an original Telephone Crystal Guard for this Elgin today (Thanks Stan!)
This is gonna look VERY cool!
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