Beat to hell, this watch looks like its been through a world war and then a little bit more.
You find some surviving watches from the winning side.
You rarely find them from the losing side...
This little watch came all the way from England on an online bid where we couldnt get our wallets out fast enough. At the time we didn't have any idea of whom the make was, but the inscription on the back was all we needed to go all-in on it. It didnt run, the bezel was falling off, but the whole thing was there. The engraving on the back...
In what is written in German on the back, the rough translation from the worn silver case reads:
"Christmas, 1914... God Protect You... Your M"
This was in the very early stage of the First World War. Christmas of 1914 on the Western Front is most notoriously known for the unofficial Christmas truce that happened that year. In multiple first hand accounts, German and English soldiers disregarding strict orders came out of the trenches and ceased fighting on that day. Everyone came up and out, acted like the good natured humans that they were and took a moment to feel a bit normal from all the killing.
Its hard to know, but I'd liek to hope this watch was at one of these places. I can only imagine the adventure this watch has had since its original owner recieved this from his "M". Its aboslutely incredible this watch has survived for 105 years...
We had this watch professionally restored. Now running again, we learned that its a very early Tissot movement from the looks of other watches they made at the time. Its solid silver case has been cared for, a crystal outfitted, and we added this new old stock zinc/base metal shrapnel guard to protect its delecate bezel.
This is more geared for a collector than an every day watch. It doesnt run perfect, however I've had it on a few times now and the little guy runs quite well. Not perfect but thats the beauty of this piece of history. I guarantee there are very few of these still out there and with the love and care that weve put into it over the past few months. It's something to be enjoyed for many more years to come.
1914 Tissot German Army Trench Watch
Estimated Year: 1914
Diameter: 1 and 1/4 inch
Case: Pure Silver
Production Run: Unknown
Condition: All orginal
Hands: Spade Style
Movement: Nickel Finish
Wire Lug Width for Strap: 10mm