Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely RARE 14k SOLID GOLD 1916 WWI Waltham Depollier "D-D" Utility Trench Watch that features a high end 15 jewel movement, a BOLD Arabic enamel military dial, swivel lugs and the detachable lower lug! This is Depollier model #107U, the MOST EXPENSIVE model in the 1916 Depollier catalog, 15 jewels with a 14k SOLD GOLD case. I've been restoring WWI Waltham Trench Watches for 13 years now and this is the ONLY 14k solid gold model #107U that I've ever seen! This is an incredibly rare trench watch! I will include three copies of advertisements for this watch from 1916 with the purchase. This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in SUPERB condition. Hard to believe that this watch is 104 years old! Our Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The 15 jewel movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 11-20-2020, a brand new mainspring has also been installed. It's in superb running condition and keeping excellent time. This watch has been tested on a professional timegraph 5000 Machine for accuracy so rest assured! Take another look at picture number three again, this movement is clean as a whistle and stunning in its beauty! I'm sure that you have noticed by now that this is not your ordinary trench watch case by a long shot! This is a 14k SOLID GOLD trench watch case that was manufactured by J. Depollier & Son in 1916. It has TWO 14k solid gold stamps, one on the inside of the case back and one on the detachable bottom lug. The bezel and case back both snap together crisply, just as they should. The hinged case back only opens up to 90 degrees, just as it should. This case is highly prized by collectors for its beauty and design features, especially for the extremely rare removable bottom lug. Plus, this case still has the original factory 14k SOLID GOLD CROWN! This is the 1916 model year so it does not have the Khaki stamped crown or the patented "double clinched bezel". Those two features did not appear on Depollier trench watch cases until 1917. The case has NOT been polished, just cleaned up a bit, looks fantastic. This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this trench watch is among the most desirable that Waltham ever produced, the BOLD Arabic Military Dial! The dial features a white face, BOLD Arabic numerals, outer minute markers, the correct thick blue steel hands for this dial and is signed WALTHAM near the top. This historic and iconic American trench watch has been fitted with a brown leather strap that absolutely makes the watch! The antique strap has been sewn into the case. Take a look at picture number two again, this watch looks stunning on the wrist! The strap will fit a wrist up to about eight inches and has a matching gold tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear because it's antique and because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? Here are the movement details: 1915 Waltham, 15 jewels, size 0s, serial number 19259072, grade 315, model 1900. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 44mm lug tip to lug tip, 31.2mm not including the original factory crown with a 14mm lug diameter. The glass crystal is still in great condition. A brand new inner sleeve has also been installed in the crown tube, the crown has a nice firm pop, just as it should. This watch is ready to be worn and shown off, it will surely get noticed! I put a lot of time and effort into this Waltham, I'm sure that you will appreciate the quality and quantity of work that has been done. Solid old World craftsmanship at its finest! You would be SERIOUSLY hard pressed to find a finer (or another) example of this 14k SOLID GOLD 1916 WWI Waltham Depollier "D-D" Utility Trench Watch featuring a high end 15 jewel movement, the original factory crown with a BOLD Arabic enamel military dial and the removable bottom lug, this one sets the bar! You will receive a FREE Poppy Lapel Pin with this purchase!
WAS $3,500.00, NOW $2,975.00