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THOUGH GSW/MWB OPERATES AN AWESOME  BRICK AND MORTER STUDIO & GALLERY & 5 WEBSITES ON A DEDICATED SERVER WITH OVER 30,000 PICTURES OF RESTORATIONS, AND HAVE OFFERED OUR SERVICES SINCE 1989 [JOINED THE INTERNET 1992], EBAY HAS BECOME OUR EXCLUSIVE MARKETING ENTITY FOR OUR OPERATION. WE NOT ONLY SELL EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THE BAY, WE INVEST IN DOZENS WATCHES FROM FELLOW WATCH SELLERS ON THE BAY EVERY MONTH THROUGH SEVERAL ACCOUNTS. GSW STRIVES TO ABIDE BY EBAY POLICES WHILE  PROVIDING INFORMATION TO EDUCATE AND ASSIST YOU IN MAKING A DETERMINATION ON WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST WITH GSW/MWB FOR THIS OR ANOTHER GSW VINTAGE WATCH OFFERING, AND/OR ASSIST YOUR INVESTMENT THROUGH A COMPETING SELLER.  THUS, WE HAVE PLACED THESE POP-UP LINKS TO PAGES THAT WILL ASSIST YOU WHILE MAINTAINING ADHERENCE TO EBAY POLICY.

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HALLMARKED
GEORGE STOCKWELL
HALLMARKED
JW BENSON
HALLMARKED
STERLING SILVER

HALLMARKED
GLASGOW
HALLMARKED

9.25

1915

WW I
SWISS MADE
HALLMARK

STERLING SILVER HINGED
TRENCH WATCH
WITH
RADIUM DIAL

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT


WITH

15 JEWEL
SWISS MADE

HIGH END
COMPLETELY DETAILED
RHODIUM NICKEL
3 FINGER BRIDGE
MANUAL WIND
MOVEMENT

WITH

SILVER PLATED

SHRAPNEL GUARD

AND


NEW HAND MADE
BLACK CROCODILE
WIRE LUG STRAP

NOTE: I JUST REALIZED
THE STRAP IS WRONG SIZE
FITS A SIZE 7.  WE MAY BE
CHANGING THIS

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Though the Allies (England/France) thumbed their noses at the US Military proficiency, a nearly overwhelming German offensive and large French mutiny in the spring 1917 provided added incentive to urge that the US send troops as replenishments to their own divisions. Though Gen. John “Blackjack” Pershing would  allow the integration of the (Who would serve famously) Harlem Hellfighters --the 369th Infantry Regiment composed of African Americans-- with French
Divisions, he nixed the request and the 1st Infantry Division was born.

1st ID:

The first U.S.Infantry Troops (an estimated 25,000 1st ID troops would serve) to set foot in France during the summer of 1917 were from the 1st ID. While dependant upon French and British artillery and tanks, Pershing had his own ideas on how to end the bitter stalemate of defensive trench warfare. From 1914 through 1917,much of the fighting involved a defensive posture. Machine gun and artillery ruled the field; inflicting devastating casualties.

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The last time American Forces had been in a war that rivaled WWI and its weapons of destruction had been 62 year previous. The Civil War, while being far fetched to compare with the massiveness of WWI and its weapons, casualties, chemical warfare and numbers, it also had new weapons and tactics, including rifled barrels, new canon, canon shells, and the horror of a mid 19c war wound. The 1st ID faced a battle field that surpassed those of the Civil and that battle field would set the line of history that would become famous twenty years later: The Big Red One...


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WWI UNIT INSIGNIA OF THE
1ST ID
NOTE THE STATUE IS SIMILAR TO THAT CHOSEN
FOR THE ENTIRE ALLIED FORCES VICTORY MEDAL
FURTHER DOWN THIS OFFER 


By the Fall of 1917, 1st ID soldiers and other American soldiers were pouring into France each day and winding up in the trenches of France. Once there, the dismal trench life of mud, parasites, poor food and the constant artillery barrage started to take it's toll and undermine the morale of the troops. The Americans to give up their lives also occurred in the fall of 1917. In the lead up to the battle of Cantigny, 1st Division troopers Corporal James B. Gresham, Privates Thomas F. Enright and Merle D. Hay lost their lives when the the American trenches were raided by German troops at Bathelémont on November 2, 1917.

As the Central Powers continued a series of devistating offensives, Pershing was hard pressed to create an action plan to both improve the moral of his men and to counter victories of the Germans; who were desperate to win before the US could send more troops and supplies.

 
The action plan that Pershing would create would be an attack plan, a means to get his soldiers up and out of those slits of mud and blood, those mind numbing trenches. Pershing would improve upon the use of artillery and marksmanship. He devised a battle plane for precise rolling artillery barrages followed up by waves of infantry; the goal was to break through and behind German entrenchment's and capture German artillery positions and, ultimately, supply lines. Positioning, Training, Supplying and Planning took nearly 8 months. In the spring of 1918, 1st ID forces were prepared for their first attack.

April/May 1918

Spring time 1918 was anything but joyous. The Germans had launched a series successful offensives. Within 40 miles of Paris, the Germans began massing troops with the plan to break through and seize Paris herself... a fact that had the Allied Powers seeing red. And it was at the place where the first Americans of  the war would lose their lives ...

It was at the German Occupied French village of Cantigny that events would play their course. Cantigny had proven to be a hard place for the French to reclaim and even harder to keep when they got it. In order to turn the tables on the Germans,they had to win it back. It was not a war winning fact, but it was necessary to improve the morale of all allied troops.


With German artillery and machine guns guarding the approaches to Cantigny, 4,000 1st ID soldiers of the division’s 2nd Infantry Brigade, 28th Infantry Regiment, relieve an exhausted French First Army forces that manned trenches 600 yards from the village. Under Pershings plan, an Allied artillery bombardment began just before 6 a.m. May 28 and the 1st ID forces moved in and took the village in an hour.

The Germans replied with artillery while hidden German soldiers emerged to battle close quarters with the 1st ID Forces and lost. The 1st ID Forces would repulsed three German counter attacks.

Cantigny stands as the definition of 1st ID and the eventual reputation of the Big Red One as well and the proof that the US could more than stand toe to toe with any force.

American forces numbering one million in 29 divisions by the summer of 1918, did more than help route the Germans in the fall of 1918.

In 17 months under Gen Pershing, the 1st ID went from a a small,loose group of rapidly trained ground troops, to a concise, well trained and courageous unit that helped defeat the most powerful army in the world'


Over 22,320 1st ID troops perished in the Great War, 1ST ID helped clear St. Mihiel salient , fought in the Meuse-Argonne Forest advancing seven kilometers and defeating eight German divisions,  completed the farthest American penetration of the war, was first to cross the Rhine into occupied Germany. Five Medals of Honor were awarded. The 1st ID colors carry campaign streamers for (1) Lorraine, 1917; (2) Lorraine, 1918; (3) Picardy, 1918; (4) Montdidier-Noyon; (5) Aisne-Marne; (6) St. Hihiel; and (7) Meuse- Argonne.

America’s military stepped into the 20th century on the backs of those troopers of the 1st ID . And two decades later the 1st ID would once again place the U.S. Army at the forefront of the Western world.

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GS George Stockwell

George Stockwell's company Stockwell & Co were first recorded in June 1907 as importers of silver and Assay Agents at 16/18 Finsbury Street, London.

In 1912, George Stockwell was listed as an importer of foreign watches. Stockwell & Co Ltd of Birmingham were agents to Messageries Nationales Express and Messageries Anglo-Suisse.

Stockwell & Co Ltd  did not manufacture watches or cases, they imported them from a number of different Swiss manufacturers.

 

J.W. BENSON

James William Benson was an English watchmaker who opened a watch factory in London in 1837. Benson made watches at the factory in Ludgate Hill until it was destroyed by German aircraft in 1915. The company remained in business until the 70's. After the First war nearly all watches sold under the JW Benson name were Swiss imports. Many medium to extremely high grade gilt movements made from 1870 to 1930 can be discovered with the Benson signature. Some times "Makers to the Admiralty" and "By Warrant to H.M. the Queen" can be found signed on the movements."

 

In "A concise guide to Military Timepieces 1880-1990", Wesolowski remarks that:

To protect the delicate glass crystal of the wristwatch, many manufacturers offered shrapnel guards made of pierced metal ... These slipped onto the wrist strap, and the piercing allowed the wearer to read the time through the holes. In addition to the fixed wire lugs,, the dial has " railway" style outline numerals, intended to take luminous paint and the hands are "cathedral" style, like a leaded stained glass window, alternatively referred to as "poire - squelette" (pronounce " skelette"); There is a subsidiary second hand at 6 o'clock; and finally a large onion winding crown...

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THIS ALL STERLING SILVER
TWO PIECE CASE
WITH

HINGED CASE BACK
IS ONE OF OUR MOST STUNNING

RESTORED WWI ERA TIME PIECES

[ GOOGLE GOLDSMITHWORKS TRENCH ]

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WITH BLACK PORCELIN DIAL
LARGE WHITE RADIUM NUMERALS
WHITE OUTER CHAPTER RING
WHITE SECONDS SUB-REGISTER
WHITE 24 HR MILITARY CHAPTER RING

AND
RADIUM INSERT CATHEDRAL HANDS

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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THE WATCH IS PROTECTED BY
A SILVER PLATED NICKEL SHRAPNEL GUARD
THE GUARD CAN BE REMOVED

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THE GUARD ADDS TO THE HEIGHT

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THE BRASS ONION CROWN WAS STANDARD

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HINGED STERLING CASE BACK IS IMMACULATE

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EVERY ANGLE AND SIDE
DEMONSTRATES OUR DEVOTION

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THIS WWI
MILITARY WRIST WATCH

FEATURES AN AWESOME
CASE
DIAL
MOVEMENT

 

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PATENTED PLATED SHRAPNEL GUARDS

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FITS THIS TRENCH JUST RIGHT

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WOW.. PERFECT

LOOKS EASY TO RE-ILLUMINATE
BUT IT IS NOT
IT TAKES GREAT CARE TO FOLLOW THE MARKERS
THE BRIGHTNESS ILLUMINATES
EVEN THE WHITE 24 HR MILITARY NUMBERS

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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THIS  SPECIAL ORDER STRAP
MAKES THIS WATCH FIT UP TO 7"
SO I MAY BE CHANGING IT

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HANDS
AND
RAISED NUMBERS

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT


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PORCELIN DIALS CANNOT BE
"RESTORED"

YOU CAN RLUME THEM
RE-OUTLINE
BUT THE LARGE MARKERS
ON THIS DIAL
ARE ACTUALLY WHITE PORCELIN
THEY ARE NOT PAINTED ON

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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT

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THIS HAND MADE
WIRE LUG
CROCADILE STRAP
IS AWESOME

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VERY UNUSUAL TO
FIND HIGH END WIRE LUG STRAPS

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STRAPS DURING WWI
WERE OF A VARIETY
OF
STYLES & MATERIALS
OFFICERS WOULD HAVE HAD
STRAPS JUST LIKE THIS ONE

YET IT FITS SIZE 7 + DOWN
SO I MAY CHANGE IT

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ABOVE CASE BACK WITH BLACK DYE
TO HIGHLIGHT THE HALLMARKS


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GEORGE STOCKWELL

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JW BENSON

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LEFT HALLMARK
OPPOSING "F" ON THEIR SIDES IN OVAL
GLASGOW

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RIGHT HALLMARK

DATE
1915


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BOTTOM HALLMARK
9.25 IN OVAL
STERLING SILVER

NUMBER
[2 LINES]
SERIAL NUMBER
81127
2

 

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THE MOVEMENT FINISH
IS SPECTACULAR


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THE PORCELIN DIAL IS NEAR MINT
THERE IS AN AREA LEFT OF
"10" AND "11"
ON EDGE THAT FITS
UNDER STERLING BEZEL
THAT HAS A SMALL CHIP

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YOU CAN SEE IT HERE

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THIS 15J SPECTACULAR MOVEMENT
HAS AMAZING DETAILS ON
ALL BRIDGES AND PLATES.

EVEN THE TOP PLATES  ARE FINISHED

WE BELIEVE THAT GEORGE STOCKWELL IMPORTED THE WATCH
AND THE MOVEMENT WAS FITED BY JW BENSON.

THE MOVEMENT HAS A "W"
UNDER THE BALANCE. AND THE DIAL
FEET HOLES ARE NUMBERD.
EACH ACCORDING TO
THE DIAL NUMBER OF THE
CORRESPONDING DIAL MARKER

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STRAP

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I AM PLACING THE STRAP HERE AT THE BOTTOM
SO IF WE CHANGI IT IT WILL BE EASIER

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FIRST CLASS

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PERFECT

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HAND MADE CROC

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UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE all watches offered by GSW have been SERVICED. Some required REPAIR AND RESTORATION! Normal Servicing of Mechanical Watches by an EXPERT PROFESSIONAL will run between $180.00 to 580.00, depending on the complication of the movement and that is WITHOUT parts that may be required. SERVICING means DISASSEMBLING THE ENTIRE WATCH AND MOVEMENT, CLEANING SAME, OILING, LUBING AND REASSEMBLING, timing and Sealing. RESTORATION is a separate service from SERVICING and may include CRYSTAL, DIAL, HANDS, CASE, LUGS and BAND. So, WHEN YOU VIEW VINTAGE AND CLASSIC WATCHES OFFERED BY OTHER VENDORS/DEALERS, the question is: WAS THE WATCH SERVICED?


All watches, from mechanical to quartz devices, require periodic cleaning and inspection. GSW provides both cleaning and repair services with our main specialty that of restoring and repairing classic & vintage watches. GSW has established parts accounts with the oldest watch parts houses in the world as well as a network of watch dealers and repair centers around the world. GSW also provides dial restoration services. In addition to servicing new, vintage & classic watches, we also service high grade wristwatches. Think of your watch as you would a fine automobile, it is worth maintaining as it will increase your pleasure of ownership and also enhance the resale or trade-in value. If you plan on passing your watch on to the next generation, skilled periodic maintenance will be greatly appreciated in the future. Visit our studio gallery online for info on restoring or repairing your watch and call for 50% discounts from our advertised pricing!