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Hey guys !

As you know I am a HUGE fan of the Shrapnel Guards from the Great War era and this one is VERY special.

I don't believe that one of these has been on this forum..........................that is until now.

This is one of the VERY FIRST "Wrist Watch Protectors" (aka Shrapnel Guards).

It was designed by Charles Adolf Schierwater of Liverpool, England in late 1914. (Thanks Adam)

The American manufacturers did not really begin making them until 1916, just before we entered WWI in 1917.

The American designs in lkater years would be drastically different, they would only cover the face of the watch, not the entire watch case.

This guard was available in 4 sizes, this example being the LARGEST.

Available in Khaki or Nickel finish.

It is BEHEMOTH, the biggest one that I've ever seen ! ! ! ! !

It measures 45mm going across and 37mm top to bottom.

This design envelopes the entire watch case, sort of like a clam shell.

There is a spring loaded hinge on the left side of the guard that keeps it in the closed position at all times.

You simply open the guard and place the watch inside then let the spring close the guard.

The proper name for this guard is "The P.T.O. Wrist Watch Protector"

P.T.O. stands for "Please Turn Over".

As you can see in the advertisement it has 2 positions.

When "ON-DUTY" you turn the guard over to the solid side so the watch face cannot be seen, probably so a sniper can't see the lum on your dial & hands and pick you off.

Then when "OFF-DUTY" you turn the guard back over so the grill side is showing.

The actual watch pictured is a GIANT size 6s Waltham, Seaside grade with 7 jewels and a gilted finish, nearly identical style dial as pictured in the advert.

The case is out of this world as well and quite rare ! ! !

This is a solid nickel size 6s trench watch case with SWIVEL LUGS and a hinged case back made by the Illinois Watch Case Company.

The Illinois case measures 52mm lug t lug, 37mm without the crown with a 14mm lug diameter.

























I'll post a nice WRIST SHOT in about an hour, waiting for the Sun to come up for some good natural light.
 

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With this picture you will be able to get a better idea of the sheer size of this BEHEMOTH ! ! !

On the left is the most common size American Trench Watch, a size 3/0s that is 31mm across without the crown.

One the right is the trench watch with the 45mm P.T.O. Wrist Watch Protector.




Charles also had other designs that were solid on BOTH sides of the guard.

This style was available in Nickel, Khaki, Rolled Gold, Leather, Solid Gold and Sterling Silver.

I found these 3 adverts in an obscure English magazine called "The Sketch" dated early 1915.




 

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Amazing design.

I know they have no specific reasonable purpose, but what lead to design changes in vintage sales technique? "Now with the star shape designed to stop 80% more shrapnel after you're gone. Leaving your loved ones with a handsome memory to pass down?"

Minimal risks to the wearer! I love it.

Thanks for sharing Stan, it is a beaut!
 

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Just when you think you have seen it all.....

You are INSANE Stan!!!

Just when I think I have seen everything out there, you come up with
something completely AMAZING (AND the Ad to prove it!!!!)

What a totally cool package!!!

The design and functionality is over the top! :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
 

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Adam,

Thanks again for looking that up for me ! ! !

The UK Office is a pain in the butt, not very user friendly.
 

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Fantastic watch and a fantastic post, as it deserves. Great pics and great write-up (always love seeing ads). Thanks for continuing to teach us so much about these watches!
Thanks !

Sharing is what the forums are all about ! ! !

Spreading info...................
 
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