Awesome WWI Military Army Watch by Waltham ca.1916 Handsome Looking Black Military Dial
Here we have an excellent WWI American Waltham military watch; these were typically used by the Army and I will note that this watch has a stars and stripes indicise and the USA Eagle and badge. Official military watches during WWI usually did not have military markings; for the exception of the dial. The emblem on the dial is a military type emblem. This watch is one that dates to the infancy of wrist watches, which the military had much to do with creating the wrist watch. During WWI, many soldiers did not have a wrist watch, because they really were not conceived as a mainstream product since pocket watches were still in favor... so what they would do is add wire lugs to a smaller pocket watch to make a wrist watch. Although watches such as this one looks like a normal wrist watch, which it is, many of these are like prototypes and shaped the future of the entire world of watches. I will also note that this particular watch uses a very high end movement developed by Waltham, it is the 21 jewel Riverside. This movement would have been a difficult task at the time, but it is clear that Waltham bases the design off a pocket watch and miniaturised it or used a high end caliber that was already produced for a smaller pocket watch, in a most brilliant way. It even has gold set jewels and a pocket watch regulator. This watch has been nicely preserved. There is not too much wear on this watch for its age. The crown type is the correct crown for this watch, they are super hard to find, so I can only assume it's the original crown. This watch also boasts a Breguet hairspring and is adjusted to positions and temperature. Overall, this is a great WWI era military style Waltham that is very well preserved and surprisingly high-end. The watch was serviced January 2019.