WWI Elgin trench watch

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WWI Elgin trench watch

#1 Post by stryfox » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:59 pm

Ok guys.
I acquired this one. It was very dirty inside and out and someone bent the bezel I can only assume pressing a crystal in way to hard.
Cleans the movement and put a new mainspring in it.
Cleaned up the case, reshaped bezel to fit and new crystal
Here comes the question. It's it a legitimate trench watch?
Be honest, I can take it.
The movement dates to 1916-17?
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Re: WWI Elgin trench watch

#2 Post by stryfox » Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:01 pm

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#3 Post by stryfox » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:01 pm

Assembled and keeping good time. Even looking good on the timer.
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Re: WWI Elgin trench watch

#4 Post by Literustyfan » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:11 am

Yes, it is the real deal.

Everything that I see is correct for 1916 except for the second hand.

Those are the correct hour and minute hands for a dial with factory drilled hour marker lum dots.

What type of strap did you have in mind?

A Kitchener Strap?
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Re: WWI Elgin trench watch

#5 Post by stryfox » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:41 am

Thanks Stan!
I have your book and thought it was correct but I wasn't sure.
Yes I was thinking a Kitchener strap. 10mm
If you have something appropriate I'd buy it. I prefer to support my friends on the forum here when possible. If not maybe you can point me to a good source.
Obviously a reproduction is ok I just don't want a cheap China one.
Thanks.

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#6 Post by Literustyfan » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:01 am

No need to buy a cheap Kitchener Strap that was made in China!

There is an American company out of Nebraska that hand crafts Kitchener Straps.

His name is Steffan and his company is the Prairie Flower Leather Company.

The straps come in black, dark brown and natural leather colors.

The dark brown straps are trending right now, I use a lot more of the brown than the black these days.

I don't have any for sale, need all the ones that I have.

But, below is a link to his site.

$25.00 each plus shipping.

I highly suggest going with the 7.5" to the center hole size, the larger size is VERY long.

Ordering from his site can be a tad tricky...........make SURE that you opt for the CHEAPER shipping option!!!

http://www.pflco.com/militaria1a.htm#!/ ... ry=4047349
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Re: WWI Elgin trench watch

#7 Post by stryfox » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:07 am

Thank you very much for the information.
This is only my second trench watch.
The other is an ingersol with a paper dial that is missing parts.
I only display working pieces in my collection but war watches are the exception. I have some WWII pieces too.
The gilting on this one is not great but I serviced it and got it running supprisingly well.
Getting the misshaped bezel back to its original shape was the hardest part.

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Re: WWI Elgin trench watch

#8 Post by stryfox » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:21 am

Ordered , thanks for the tip on the shipping option too.

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#9 Post by stryfox » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:52 pm

Hey look my watch made it to the cover of Stan's book!
Ok , not really but you get the idea.
I am enjoying this watch much more than I thought I would.
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Re: WWI Elgin trench watch

#10 Post by Literustyfan » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:25 am

Your new Elgin looks great with that strap!
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