Sterling Silver WW1 Trench Wristwatch
Sterling silver cushion form Patria trench wristwatch, circa 1914, is a 32mm x 32mm watch with snap back and protective grille, extended wire lugs, white enamel dial with painted originally luminous Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds register at six o’clock and 15J manual wind movement. These watches, often called trench watches, refer to the grille designed to protect the dial from breakage in the trench warfare of that time. They are also referred to as transitional, as watch manufacturers adapted pocket watch design and technology to the needs of the military during World War I, in which officers needed easily wearable and viewable watches, rather than watches in the pocket. Patria was a major Swiss maker of trench watches. This is an excellent example of this vintage style, movement warrantied for 12 months by Aaron Faber.