WALTHAM TRENCH WATCH

Written by  on April 9, 2015 

 

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WALTHAM GENUINE TRENCH
MILITARY ILLUMINATED 24HR VERSION
WITH CRYSTAL GUARD
RED 12, RED 24HR CHAPTER
ORIGINAL HANDS
INCLUDING
FITTING  TAILED SUB SECONDS HAND
OUTLINED  ILLUMINATED RAILROAD NUMERALS

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LIKE KITCHENER MILITARY STRAPS ONE TONGUE IS LONGER
THE ONE THAT IS TO RIGHT/ABOVE WHEN WEARING ON LEFT ARM,
THIS ALLOWED THE SOLDIER TO PLACE OVER CUFF, JACKET ETC
IT REALLY DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING AND DOES NOT EFFECT THE STRAP

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SUPER NICE BUCKLES

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NICKEL RIVETS

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NOTE COLOR MATCHES NO MORE BRASS

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BEFORE PLACING WALTHAM TAILED END SUB SECONDS HAND

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THE WATCH IS ATTACHED WITH LEATHER MINI STRAP
WITH BUCKLE ON BACK. NOTE HOW ROCK
MADE THE ENTIRE PIECE WORK. NOT EASY

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THE US DISC IS HEAVY SOLID BRASS. IT IS ATTACHED WITH
THE FACTORY STUDS BY BENDING THEM  

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STRAP LEATHER IS TOP GRADE  THICK MILITARY CUT
AN AGED RED CROSS PATCH ATTACHED WITH NYLON MILITARY GRADE
CORD STITCHED BY HAND

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I LOVE THE LOOK

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READY TO MOUNT

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NICE LUME
ORIGINAL TAILED SUB SECONDS

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THE ORIGINAL CRYSTAL SIMPLY HAD TOO MUCH CELLULOID SO WE COULD NOT WHITEN
WE PLACED A NEW CRYSTAL AND INCLUDED THE OLD

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RE-ILLUMINATED DIAL RESTORED TO MILITARY STYLE
CIVILIAN STYLE DID NOT HAD RED 12, RED 24 HR

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SILVER PLATED CASE AND CRYSTAL GUARD

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HOW ABOUT A HIDDEN MILITARY MAP FROM
1913 UTILIZED IN 1918 BY US TROOPS?

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ORIGINAL MINT OIL SKIN [1913] MAP
USED BY US FORCES IN 1918 DURING WWI
CREASES ARE ORIGINAL

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Battle of Reims (also Battle of Rheims) :

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THE MAP WAS AND IS FOLDED ALONG THE SAME LINES AS EXISTED IN 1918

Reims IS a city in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, lies 129 km (80 mi) east-northeast of Paris. Founded by the Gauls, it became a major city during the period of the Roman Empire. Reims played a prominent ceremonial role in French monarchical history as the traditional site of the crowning of the kings of France. The Cathedral of Reims played the same role in France as Westminster Abbey in the United Kingdom. It housed the Holy Ampulla (Sainte Ampoule) containing the Saint Chrême (chrism), allegedly brought by a white dove (the Holy Spirit) at the baptism of Clovis in 496. It was used for the anointing, the most important part of the coronation of French kings.

REIMS WWI 1916


Allied preparation was very important in countering a German offensive in Reims. The Allies knew the key points of the German plan down to the minute. The Allied counter-offensive.Reims in 1918 was critical in eventual defeat of the Germans.. French troopers with  machine guns amongst the ruins of a church near the Marne helped in driving back the Germans. German forces tried yet ailed  to break through and destroy the Allied armies in the field. A major counteroffensive on 18 July included the 92nd and the 93rd Infantry Divisions [African Americans under French command] . But it was the eight large U.S. divisions under U.S. command and 350 tanks that attacked the recently formed German salient that took the battle victory.


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MAP IS IN MINT CONDITION

The It was believed that the Allies had the complete picture of the German offensive in terms of intentions and capabilities.  There is Legend states that engineer Cpt. Hunter Grant, along with the help of engagement coordinator and engineer Lt. Page, devised a deceptive ruse. A briefcase with false plans for an American counterattack was handcuffed to a man who had died of pneumonia and placed in a vehicle which appeared to have run off the road at a German-controlled bridge. The Germans, on finding and being taken-in by these plans, then adjusted their attack to thwart the false allied plan. Consequently, the French and American forces were able to unleash a different attack on exposed parts of the enemy lines, leaving the Germans with no choice but to retreat. This engagement marked the beginning of a German withdrawal that was never effectively reversed. In September 1918 nine American divisions (about 243,000 men) joined four French divisions to push the Germans from St. Mihiel salient, a German dagger in France’s flank

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THE MAP ACTUALLY FITS UNDER THE RED CROSS PATCH
IN WWI THE RED CROSS WAS UTILIZED IN ALL MEDICAL FIELDS
UNLIKE WWII AND KOREA AND VIETNAM

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ONE MUST READ ABOUT REIMS AND LEARN SO
WHEN WEARING THIS BEAUTY THEY
CAN TELL THE STORY, PARTAKER IN SOME HISTORY AND THIS BEAUTY
WILL SURELY THRILL ALL WHO SEE IT. ROCK LOVES THIS PART OF BIZ

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TRYING TO GET SOME BLUE-GREEN INTO THE DISC

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TREATED WITH SOME NITRIC ACID
TRYING TO GET AN OLDER LOOK TO THIS ALREADY
80 YEAR OLD HEAVY BRASS US DISC
MAYBE OR MAYBE NOT

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DISTRESSING THE LEATHER WAS KEY AND WILL AGE GREAT

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SEE GREEN/BLUE

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AWESOME

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NOTE BACK STRAP SLIGHTLY LONGER
MADE THIS WAY TO COMPENSATE WEARING OF STRAP
WITH MILITARY GEAR/UNIFORM OVER COAT

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