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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JOSEPH FAHYS & CO
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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.
JOSEPH FAHYS & CO
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 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.
,MARVIN WATCH COMPANY
IN 1893 THE MARVIN BRAND WAS REGISTERED .
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 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".
BLACK BUTLER SECONDS RING
BLACK OUTLINED NUMERALS
RED 24 HOUR RING
BLACK SUB SECONDS REGISTER
NUMERALS IN 10 SECONDS
STERLING SILVER CASE
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SNAP ON SILVER BEZEL
SILVER SNAP BACK CASE BACK
THE FOLLOWING ARE GSW GSWW ARCHIVAL
ROCK IS APPLYING
ROCK IS STRETCHING
ROCK IS BUFFING THE OILED STRAP
MORE OF THE SAME..
THIS HOW ROCK RESTORES
RATHER THAN ADDING
SOME OFFERS HAVE RIVETED STRAPS!!
ONE OF MY BEST RESTORATIONS
HERE I AM TESTING THE MOVEMENT
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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.