Up for sale today is an exceptionally beautiful and extremely desirable 1917 inscribed WWI Waltham Trench Watch that features a high end 15 jewel movement, the original factory crown with a re-lumed enamel shadow box military dial. This Waltham has an inscription on the case back. It reads: "MIZPAH" Hugh Williams Frisco, Cal. 10/3/17. The word "Mizpah" can be interpreted as "May God watch over you". This watch is known as a "Mizpah Gift". Gifts like this were usually jewelry and were given to a loved one during a period of long separation such as military service or travel. The June 1917 dated WWI Draft Registration Card seen in the pictures could possibly be the one filled out by the original owner of this Waltham. The date on the watch and the date on the card match up to the time period. This absolutely remarkable piece of American craftsmanship is in great condition. Our Great Grandfather's knew how to make things that would last for generations! The movement was just completely taken apart and serviced on 1-2-2020, a brand new mainspring has also been installed. It's now 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 stunningly beautiful! 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 silverode trench watch case that was manufactured by the Philadelphia Watch Case Company, circa 1917. The bezel and case back both snap together crisply, just as they should. The case has NOT been polished, just cleaned up a bit and it looks fantastic. The case appears to have a black oxidized finish. The purpose of oxidizing the case black was done so the case would have a dull dark finish. You would not want your shiney watch case giving away your position to an enemy sniper from across "no man's land". Plus, this watch has an original factory crown! This watch is simply incredible! The enamel dial on this Waltham is among the most desirable they ever made, the Shadow Box Military dial! The dial features a white face, shadow box numerals, outer minute markers, the correct blue steel skeleton hands for this dial and is signed "WALTHAM" near the center. The dial and hands on this Waltham have been re-lumed using safe dark brown modern material for that fantastic vintage look. This historic and iconic WWI American made trench watch has been fitted with a dark brown leather Kitchener Strap that absolutely makes the watch! 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 silver tone buckle. It will have a bit of wear on it because I seriously could not resist wearing this one for a few days, can you blame me? Here are the movement details: 1914 Waltham, 15 jewels, BIG size 0s version, serial number 19428112, grade 165. They just don't make them like this anymore! The case measures 38mm lug tip to lug tip, 32.5mm without the original factory crown with a 10mm lug diameter. The original factory glass crystal is still in pretty good condition. The crown still has a good 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 example of this 1917 inscribed WWI Waltham Trench Watch featuring the very desirable grade 165 movement with 15 jewels, the original factory crown, oxidized case finish and a re-lumed enamel military dial and hands, this one sets the bar! You will receive a FREE Poppy Lapel Pin with this purchase!