WELCOME TO GOLDSMITHWORKS EBAY STOREFRONT. GOLDSMITHWORKS AND MILITARY WATCH BOX, WITH A BEAUTIFUL STUDIO AND GALLERY LOCATED IN SUWANEE GA ARE STATE LICENSED PRECIOUS METAL DEALERS, JEWELERS, GOLDSMITH AND WATCHMAKERS, AND ARE IN$URED THROUGH JEWELERS MUTUAL. WE ARE A MEMBER OF JEWELERS OF AMERICA, THE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAN GOLDSMITHS,POLYGON, THE DIAMOND NETWORK AND HOLD A MEMBERSHIP IN THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WATCH AND CLOCK COLLECTORS. OUR TOLL FREE NUMBER IS 800-438-6894


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THOUGH GSW/MWB OPERATES AN AWESOME  BRICK AND MORTAR 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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QUICK CALL 1584 PIC GALLERY
MILITARY WATCH BOX GALLERY

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PICASA GALLERY OVER 220 ALBUMS
GOLDSMITHWORKS PICASA GALLERY

LIVE WEBCAMS
WATCH BENCH        STUDIO-GALLERY
NOTE- WATCH BENCH TIME VARIES USUALLY ROCK SETS SATURDAYS TO RESTORE A UNIQUE WATCH AND POSTS THE TIMES U MAY WATCH

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MEMBERS ONLY
WE WILL BE UPDATING THIS 2006  SITE WE PLACED FOR OUR EBAY MEMBERS WITH OVER 5000 FILES OF VINTAGE WATCH HISTORY OVER  2012

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READY TO WEAR
FULLY RESTORED & OVERHAULED
EXCELLENT CONDITION

1917
MARVIN
MONTAUK
MILITARY OFFICERS
TRENCH WATCH

35 X 42
W/O CROWN


WITH

HALLMARK
RED 24 HOUR
RAISED
ILLUMINATION
PORCELAIN DIAL

AND

JOSEPH FAHYS & CO
MONTAUK
STERLING SILVER
CASE

AND

MARVIN
15 JEWEL
TWO ADJUSTMENT
MARVIN-MONTAUK
SWISS MANUL WIND
MOVEMENT

WITH

FREE
PROFESSIONAL

ONLINE APPRAISAL
WITH HISTORY AND ASSOCIATED
INFORMATION
OUTLINED BELOW

AND

FREE
ONE YEAR
GSW
LIMITED
WARRANTY

WITH

15.00 US SUBSIDIZED DOUBLE BOXED
INSURED WITH SIGNATURE DELIVERY!

20.00 INTERNATIONAL SUBSIDIZED SHIPPING
WITH SIGNATURE AND INSURANCE 

FREE USA
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SERIOUS BUFFING AT HIGH HEAT & PRESSURE IS REQUIRED TO RESTORE WATCH  CASES. THIS RIGOROUS PROCESS INCLUDES THE USE OF SEVERAL TYPES OF ROUGE . ONE HAS TO "FEEL" THE PIECE TO GET IT RIGHT. THAT MEANS USING MY HANDS. WHEN YOU COMBINE THE EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND THE ROUGE,
THE DEPOSITS ON MY HANDS ARE SEMI-PERMANENT.  IT TAKES DAYS TO GET THE ROUGE OUT OF MY HANDS. SO, IF THE PICS OF MY HANDS LOOK "DIRTY", KNOW IT IS DUE TO THE MY HANDS ABSORBING WHAT YOU DO NOT WANT ON YOUR AWESOME RESTORED TIME PIECE!  HAVE A GREAT DAY!.

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SEARCHING FOR PARTS CONSUMES 10% OF ALL RESTORATION TIME

THE EARLY
WATCH
CASE MOVEMENT DIAL

BEFORE 1920,  MOST BRAND NAMES EITHER BUILT COMPLETE IN HOUSE MOVEMENTS OR PURCHASED EBAUCHES [ INCOMPLETE MOVEMENTS IN THE ROUGH MINUS THE DRIVE TRAIN] , AND FINISHED THEM, THEN SOLD THEM TO JEWELERS. ONLY A FEW AMERICAN WATCH MANUFACTURING COMPANIES ACTUALY CASED THEIR WATCHES IN THE FACTORY. THE AVERAGE PERSON WHO DESIRED A WATCH WOULD EITHER SELECT A MOVEMENT AND WITH FROM A MAIL ORDER CATALOG, LIKE SEARS OR MONTGOMERY WARD.ROEBUCK & CO, OR GO TO THEIR LOCAL JEWELER TO PICK OUT A MOVEMENT AND A CASE  AND THE JEWELER WOULD ASSEMBLE THEM. THIS IS THE REASON WE FIND TOP END MOVEMENTS IN 2 TIER CASES, OR TOP END CASES WITH 3 TIER MOVEMENTS.

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JOSEPH FAHYS & CO
[WATCH CASE]

JOSEPH FAHYS CAME TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1848. IN 1857 HE OPENED A SHOP IN NEW YORK CITY AND EXPANDED BY OPENING FOUTENBACH & SONS, A WATCH CASE FACTORY 1878  IN CARLSTADT, NJ. IN 1882,  JOSEPH FAHYS MOVED OPERATIONS TO SAG HARBOR, NY. THE DEPRESSION WOULD BE THE DEATH BLOW TO MANY COMPANIES, INCLUDING JOSEPH FAHYS & CO. FAHYS MADE GOLD-FILLED, SILVER AND NICKEL CASES FROM THE 1880'S UP UNTIL 1915. THE MONTAUK

MONTAUK
[MARVIN/MONTAUK MOVEMENT]

MONTAUK WAS A TRADE NAME OF JOSEPH FAHYS & CO. ORIGINALLY IT DENOTED A JOSEPH FAHYS & CO GOLD FILLED CASE GURANTEED 15 YEARS [UP TO 1889] AND 20 YEARS  AFTER . AS THE 20 CENTURY ARRIVED,  JOSEPH FAHYS & CO PRODUCED A SERIES OF SILVER TRENCH WATCH CASES THAT HOUSED TOP TIER MOVEMENTS.

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MARVIN WATCH COMPANY
[WATCH MOVEMENT]

IN 1893 THE MARVIN BRAND WAS REGISTERED .
IN 1905 THE COMPANY ALTERS IT'S NAME TO  `Henri-Albert Didisheim, fabrique MARVIN´.
IN 1912 MARVIN BEGINS MANUFACTURING
IN 1917 MARVIN ALTERS NAME TO `Filsde Henri-Albert Didisheim, fabrique Marvin, MarvinWatches Co.´.
IN 1918 MARVIN BECOMES LARGEST MANUFACTURER IN La Chaux-de-Fonds.

HALLMARK
[DIAL]

THE NAME HALLMARK WAS REGISTERED TO "LouisAisenstein &Bros.", A WATCH IMPORTER IN NEW YORK IN 1915. DURING THE GREAT WAR, HALLMARK IMPORTED MARVIN MOVEMENTS TO PLACE IN FAHYS CASES AND PRODUCED TRENCH STYLE WATCHES WITH MONTAUK DIALS. SOME HAD MONTAUK OTHERS HALLMARK WRITTEN ON THE DIALS. HALLMARK WOULD EVENTUALLY OPEN A SALES OFFICE IN CHICAGO ILLINOISE TO CONTINUE TO IMPORT WATCHES AND SOLD THEM THROUGH A DIRECT SALES PROGRAM. IN 1957, HALLMARK PURCHASED THE RIGHTS TO THE NAME "WALTHAM WATCH COMPANY" AND USED THE WALTHAM NAME TO SELL IMPORTED WATCHES.


THE GREAT WAR

World War I (W.W.I) or First World War (called at the time the Great War) was a major war centered on Europe that began in the summer of 1914. The fighting ended in November 1918. This conflict involved all of the world's great powers, assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (centered around the Triple Entente) and the Central Powers. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. More than 9 million combatants were killed, due largely to great technological advances in firepower without corresponding advances in mobility. It was the second deadliest conflict in Western history.

TRENCH WARFARE

Trench warfare is where combatants occupy fighting lines consisting of fortified trenches. Trenches provided protection from small arms fire and, in most conditions, sheltered soldiers from artillery. Elaborate trenches and dugout systems were built by all sides and these were from assault by barbed wire. Though trenches were built to protect soldiers, life in the trench, with mud, rats, human waste and casualties, gas attacked and sustained artillery, was sheer hell. 

 

THE TRENCH WATCH

The Trench watch or wristlet was a type of watch that came into use by the military during World War I, as pocket watches were not practical in combat. The trench watch had to be rugged. Yet trench watches were actually pocket watch conversions, with most having a clam shell back and snap on bezel. The introduction of SHIELDS or SHRAPNEL GUARDS were introduced to protect the crystal of watches from damage due to life in a trench and not from artillery. It protected  the crystal from accidental breakage.

The first series of military wrist watches were produced in 1880 by Girard-Perregaux for the German Navy. During the GREAT WAR numerous companies produced wrist watches for the military and for direct sale to soldiers. Most of these watches were styled similarly.

They had white or black enamel dials, outlined contrasting color wide "RAILROAD" style numerals in a variety of luminance styles or simply black outlined. Some had an inner military time (13-24) ring and some had the number "12" painted or lumed. Many of these watches did not have their movements signed with the name of the manufacturer, though most were marked "Swiss".

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ORIGINAL
WHITE PORCELAIN
SIGNED

FEATURES
BLACK BUTLER SECONDS RING
BLACK OUTLINED NUMERALS
WITH
RAISED ILLUMINATION
RED 24 HOUR RING
BLACK SUB SECONDS REGISTER
WITH
NUMERALS IN 10 SECONDS
WITH
BUTLERS CHAPTER

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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STEEL CATHEDRAL HANDS
AND
RED SUB-SECONDS HAND

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

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ALL SOLID
STERLING SILVER CASE

35 X 42
W/O CROWN

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SNAP ON SILVER BEZEL
WITH
NEW CRYSTAL

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SILVER SNAP BACK CASE BACK

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AWESOME
WITH
LARGE
SILVER WIRE LUGS

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BRASS ONION CROWN

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CASE IS SOLID
I KNOW I STATED THAT ALREADY
BUT IT IS NOT LIKE MANY OF THE PERIOD
OF THE CASES I WORK ON

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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova
 
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RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova


THE FOLLOWING ARE GSW GSWW ARCHIVAL
PICTURES OF ROCK RESTORING A
TRENCH STRAP. THE SAME WAY
THE STRAP IN THIS OFFER WAS RESTORED

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ROCK IS APPLYING
OIL AND A LAYER OF POLISH

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ROCK IS STRETCHING
THE OLD LEATHER

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ROCK IS  BUFFING THE OILED STRAP
EMBEDDING THROUGH HEAT & PRESSURE
AT 3600 RPM THE OILS AND WAXES
DEEP INTO THE STRAP LEATHER

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MORE OF THE SAME..

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THIS HOW ROCK RESTORES
ANTIQUE LEATHER STRAPS


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RATHER THAN ADDING
A SHRAPNEL GUARD
AND
STRAIGHT  TRENCH STRAP
I DECIDED TO UTILIZE
A VINTAGE LEATHER WIRE LUG STRAP


NOTE: BUCKLE IS NEW

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DUAL KEEPERS
NOTE THAT THE FINISH IS STUNNING
REVITALIZED
READY FOR YEARS OF USE

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METAL PUSH-OVERS
SO YOU CAN REMOVE IF YOU NEED TO

SOME OFFERS HAVE RIVETED STRAPS!!

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ONE OF MY BEST RESTORATIONS

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HERE I AM TESTING THE MOVEMENT

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FAHYS
STERLING
PATENT
PENDING
10180033

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15 JEWELS
2 ADJUSTMENTS
MARVIN WATCH CO
SWISS MONTAUK

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CONDITION
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WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
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WITH YOUR INVESTMENT YOU RECEIVE:

C) FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY

D) 1290.00 PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE **APPRAISAL

**
APPRAISALS ARE STORED ON A GSW DEDICATED SERVER APPRAISAL WEBSITE WHERE YOU MAY DOWN-LOAD, COPY-TO OR FORWARD TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY OR JEWELERS MUTUAL ONLINE 24/7


PLEASE WRITE OR CALL 800 438 6894 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!!

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.