Richie C. over on the NAWCC Forum found this:
I found someone who might fit the bill, Curtis Fields Columbia, b. 6/17/1888, died 8/9/1946. father was a physician in NYC, living on west 80th St. He went to officers training camp, graduating a 1st Lt. on 8/15/1917 for the Coast Artillery Corps. He was promoted to Capt May 1918, discharged March 7, 1919 at Ft. Monroe, VA. He is shown in advertising on the 1940 census in Port Washington, Long Island, NY. he had one son, Curtis Jr. He was listed as a student on his WWI draft card. He would have been 30 in 1918 so maybe he got the watch for his birthday.
I followed Richie's lead down a rabbit hole and came up with this.
One of the city names on the watch was Saumur ! ! !
This guy was an officer, Asssistant Supervisor at the Saumur Artillery School in France!
52d Artillery Division.
Author of "Elgin Trench Watches of The Great War"
Author of "Waltham Trench Watches of the Great War"