You can use this chart for future reference.
The Birmingham Assay Office
Anchor is assay mark for Birmingham. 'r' is1916
Thatispretty early. Good piece
Awesome information thanks guys! 1916 would put this watch right into the middle of WWI so that is great news
Sounds like I should go ahead and add this watch to my military collection. I think I'll leave it as is-I like the patina
How about some advice on where to find nice straps for this and other 12mm lug opening watches
What type of strap are you looking for: 2 piece Pigskin, 1 piece leather as in my pictures or a Bund Strap?
I have Bund straps on my WWII military watches and I have some NATO canvas type straps
What do you think looks and works best?
Any advice would be appreciated-this will be my first trench watch
On this particular watch I would go with the one piece leather strap as pictured below.
100% correct for this type of watch and time period correct.
I get them from a guy in the UK, sells them on "the bay" but he currently does not have any listed.
I'm sure that he'll re-list them in a couple of days, as usual.
A black Kitchener Strap would look good as well.
WW1 Trench Watch Band Watch Strap | eBay
I like the one piece
The watch I have is very similar to yours and yours looks awesome
Who is the Ebay seller you bought the one piece from?
Have you ever dealt with trench watch restorations in MA?
He seems knowledgeable and he makes his own straps-not sure if he sells them though.
I know he puts them on watches he sells on Ebay
Thanks again for your help, I appreciate it
Thanks for the help, I appreciate it!
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