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


uuuuurrrled.png (166191 bytes)

http://goldsmithworks.com/gsww-logo.jpg

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.

wpe3E.jpg (4426 bytes)
QUICK CALL 1584 PIC GALLERY
MILITARY WATCH BOX GALLERY

wpe3B.jpg (2391 bytes)
PICASA GALLERY OVER 220 ALBUMS
GOLDSMITHWORKS PICASA GALLERY

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

OUR GSW EBAY MEMBERS PORTAL
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

TRADE & SERVICE MARKS         GSW FACEBOOK     1500 RESTORES      WATCH VIDEO 1950-2012


***************************************************

IMG_9704.JPG (129383 bytes)

WE HAVE COMPLETED ONLY OUR THIRD IN 5 YEARS
FRENCH LANCET TRI-COLOR PILOT'S JUMP WATCH
IT IS AVAILABLE IN THIS OFFER

OR YOU MAY INVEST IN IT AS PART OF OUR
FRENCH INDO-CHINA
MILITARYWATCHBOX™
OFFER

SO, THREE LANCET WATCHES IN FIVE YEARS WILL INFORM YOU HOW RARE THESE ARE.  DUE TO THE JUNGLE CONDITIONS THEY WERE EXPOSED TO FOR 60 TO 70 YEARS THE DIALS ARE NEARLY WORN OUT AND MOVEMENTS HAVE TO UNDERGO COMPLETE OVERHAULS WITH 30% OF PARTS REPLACED. THE  RARE FRENCH LANCET JUMP WATCHES WERE WORN FROM THE 1940'S THROUGH TO 1955 BY HIGH RANKING FRENCH OR COLONIAL LEGIONNAIRES.

***********************************************************

READY TO WEAR
SERVICED
RESTORED
OVERHAULED

1950
T
RI-COLOR

LANCET
PILOTS/JUMP WATCH

WITH

GOLD CAPPED
15 JEWEL
SHOCK PROTECTED
SWISS BAR
RHODIUM PLATED
ETA 930
MOVEMENT


WITH

HAND MADE
GENUINE ALLIGATOR
HAVANA
STRAP

WITH

STAINLESS STEEL
TWIN BUTTON
QUICK RELEASE
BUTTERFLY DEPLOYMENT


WITH

FREE
PROFESSIONAL

ONLINE APPRAISAL

AND

FREE
ONE YEAR
GSW
LIMITED
WARRANTY

WITH

18.00 US SUBSIDIZED DOUBLE BOXED 2 DAY AIR
PARCEL PRO INSUREDWITH SIGNATURE DELIVERY!

25.00 INTERNATIONAL SUBSIDIZED REGISTERED
SHIPPING  WITH SIGNATURE AND PARCEL PRO INSURANCE 

FREE USA
800 438 6894
TOLL FREE SUPPORT

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT
+17708311257


M
ON-SAT
11AM - 7 PM EST USA
 ****************************************

wpeF2.jpg (9794 bytes)

During the First Indochina War (1946–54), the Legion saw its numbers swell due to the incorporation of Second World War veterans who couldn't adapt to civilian life. Even so, although the Legion distinguished itself, it also took a heavy toll during the war: constantly being deployed in operations, it even reached the point that whole units were annihilated in combat, in what was a traditional Legion battlefield. Units of the Legion were also involved in the defense of Dien Bien Phu and lost a large number of men in the battle.

The Battle of Route Coloniale 4 was a battle of the First Indochina War. The battle lasted from 30 September to 18 October 1950. The French won the first battle of the RC4 on 9 October 1947.

Route Coloniale 4 (RC4, also known as Highway 4) is a road in Vietnam, bordering the Chinese border from Hanoi to Cao Bang. It is famous for a French military disaster in 1950 in which several units of the French army, including some battalions of the Foreign Legion, were decimated by the Viet Minh and essentially ceased to exist as fighting units.

 During the French Indochina War (1945–1954), French forces attempted to re-establish colonial control of Vietnam, while nationalist forces led by Ho Chi Minh fought for independence.

Initially, the Vietnamese guerrilla forces, the Viet Minh, were unsuccessful in dealing with the better -trained and -equipped French forces. Their situation improved in 1949 after the Chinese Communist army of Mao Zedong defeated the Nationalist army led by Chiang Kai-Shek. This gave the communist Viet Minh a safe haven for organization and training, as well as an initially sympathetic ally to provide them with arms and logistical support.

Vo Nguyen Giap, the military leader of the Viet Minh, launched an offensive against the French in early 1950. From February to April, his operation Le Hong Phong I raged through the Red River Valley, largely giving the Viet Minh control of northwestern Tonkin, near the Chinese border. The area became a Viet Minh stronghold, except for the RC4 highway.

On 25 May, 2,500 Viet Minh troops overwhelmed the French fortress at Dong Khé, which lay at the strategic center of RC4, thus cutting the supply line between the French positions at Cao Bang and Lang Son. French parachutists retook Dong Khé on the evening of 27 May and a company of Legionnaires took charge of the fort.

**************************************

PAST RESTORED FRENCH INDOCHINA LANCETS

AAA-FREE-FRENCH-INDOCHINA-WWI-WWII-LANCET.jpg (65007 bytes)

1
THE TOP LEFT IS THE THIRD
LANCET WE AQUIRED IN VIETNAM
CASE WAS WORN & DIAL FADED
PROOF IT HAS LANGUISHED IN THE HUMID
JUNGLES OF VIETNAM FOR 60 TO 70 YEARS.
THE DIALS IS BUT A FAINT IMAGE


2
THE TOP RIGHT
IS A BLACK DIALED LANCET
ORIGINATED WITH THE
FREE FRENCH FORCES
IN AFRICA IN WWII
THEY WOULD ALSO
SERVE IN INDOCHINA

3/4
WWI TRENCH WATCHES
WE RESTORED THEM TO MINTY CONDITION

1(5)/6

RESTORED TRI-COLOR LANCET PILOTS JUMP WATCH
LANCET PARTS WATCH

 

*******************************************
33.9 X 39 MM
WITHOUT CROWN

*******************************************

IMG_9706.JPG (134688 bytes)
FRENCH
TRI-COLOR
LANCET
WITH

BLACK OUTLINED
RAISED *ILLUMINATED NUMERALS

&
ILLUMINATED
BLACK STEEL MILITARY HANDS

WITH
RED
SUB-SECONDS REGISTER
&

RED
LANCET
W/PROP PLANE

*ORIGINALLY RADIUM ILLUMINATED
RE-ILLUMINATED

WITH
AF-Luminova

IMG_9697.JPG (131320 bytes)


THIS THOROUGHLY RESTORED
FRENCH
T
RI-COLOR
LANCET
HAS

THREE BLUE OUTLINED
METALIC
SILVER RINGS
WITH
BLUE
SECONDS CHAPTER

THE GLASS CRYSTAL
WITH A FEW SCRATCHES
SEEMS ORIGINAL
THOUGH MAY BE A  REPLACEMENT

IMG_9699.JPG (135835 bytes)

THE CASE IS THREE PIECE
THE BEZEL THAT HOLDS THE CRYSTAL
THE MAIN CASE
&
STEEL BACK

WITH
TRENCH ART
COMPOSED OF A

FRENCH
WWI MEDAL

IMG_9689.JPG (125222 bytes)

THE MAIN CASE SEEMS TO BE LOW GRADE STEEL
LIGHT SANDING & BUFFING DID NOT ALTER COLOR

THE BEZEL PROVED TO BE BRASS
WE WERE ABLE TO NICKLE PLATE TO 90%

IMG_9712.JPG (134336 bytes)

YOU WILL ALWAYS NOTICE THAT
HANDS GLOW

SUPER BRITE BLUE
WHILE NUMERALS

GLOW GREEN

ON OUR RESTORES

THE REASON?
TWO DIFFERENT  "BASE COMPOSTIONS"  ARE UTILIZED
NUMERALS ON THE DIAL REQUIRES A DIFFERENT

BASE TO ADHERE AND SHAPE
AND THE NUMERALS HAVE
THE WHITE BACK GROUND

WHILE HANDS

SIMPLY REQUIRE LAQUER
AND ARE "SEE THROUGH"

RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-Luminova

IMG_9713.JPG (150039 bytes)

EVEN IN LOW LIGHT
THIS COMBINATION WORKS PERFECTLY


33.9 X 39 MM
WITHOUT CROWN

AAAAAAAAAAAAIMG_9714.jpg (32573 bytes)
TRENCH ART
THE CASE BACK HAS WHAT APPEARS TO BE A

WWI MEDAL VERDUN MEDAL
VERNIER VERSION
Médaille de Verdun, modèle Vernier
1916

IMG_9694.JPG (145094 bytes)

The Verdun medal was created on 20 November 1916
by the Municipal Council of Verdun to commemorate
the heroism of its defenders.Intended to be awarded
to those who served on the Verdun front between 21 February 1916
and 2 November 1916, it was awarded to those who
served anywhere on the Argonne and St Mihiel sectors
between 31 July 1914 and 11 November 1918.

************************************************

 

wpeFA.jpg (12549 bytes)

 

The French forces were driven into the Coc Xa gorge, where they were completely annihilated by 7 October. Martin Windrow notes that: Some 130 of the Legion parachute battalion out of the 500 that had jumped emerged from this breakthrough fight; they had only escaped by clambering down lianas shrouding a 75 ft cliff with their wounded tied on their backs.

In an attempt to support the embattled troops the 1er BEP Replacement Company (120 men) under Lieutenant Loth had been merged with 268 men from 3e BCCP (Bataillon Colonial de Commandos Parachutistes, Parachute Colonial Commando Battalion) under Captain Cazeaux and they were parachuted into That Khe on 8 October, but over the course of the next week destroyed as well.

Only 23 survivors of the 1st BEP, led by Captain Jeanpierre, managed to escape to French lines: it became the first French parachute battalion lost in combat, followed by the 3rd BCCP, of which only 14 soldiers returned unscathed.

**********************************************

IMG_9700.JPG (102526 bytes)

WE DECIDED TO PLACE AN
EXTRAORDINARY
GENUINE
HAND MADE
ALLIGATOR STRAP
IN VINTAGE

"
HAVANA"
MADE FAMOUS BY
CUERVO Y SOBRINOS
OF

HAVANA CUBA
IN THE 1940'S

IT IS A SIZE LARGE
BUT WITH THE
DOUBLE BUTTON
QUICK RELEASE
STAINLESS STEEL
BUTTERFLY DEPLOYMENT

THE SIZE LONG
PROVIDES EXCELLENT LOOK AND FEEL
&
WILL COMFORTABLY FIT
7 TO 8.5


IMG_9722.JPG (127657 bytes)

GENUINE ALLIGATOR
HAND MADE

IMG_9693.JPG (124016 bytes)

STITCHING CUTTING FORMING FINISHING
ALL BY HAND

IMG_9685.JPG (90454 bytes)

THE CASE ON THIS WATCH IS LARGE
AT

33.9 MM X 39+ MM
IT IS ONE OF THE MOST AWESOME
CASED
&
DIALED
WATCHES EVER MADE

IMG_9726.JPG (125517 bytes)

EXTREMELY AWESOME
ALLIGATOR
WITH
STUNNING NATURAL SCALING
COLOR MATCHING HAND STITCHING
EXCEPTIONAL HEAVY DUTY OVER STITCHING
DOUBLE STITCHED KEEPERS


IMG_9687.JPG (114795 bytes)

THE DEPLOYMENT IS OUR BEST
ALL TOP GRADE STAINLESS STEEL
TWO BUTTONS ALLOWS QUICK CHANGE
ALLOWS THE ABILITY TO UTILIZE A SIZE LONG
WHICJ PROVIDES A BETTER LOOK AND FEEL
ON ANY WRIST 7 TO 8.5

 

IMG_9709.JPG (116322 bytes)

HAND MADE MEANS HAND FINISHED
AND THE FINISH IS PERFECT
AT 170+ RETAIL
YOU RECEIVE THE VERY BEST IN AREA
THE HAND FINISHED AND RETSORED DIAL
THE HAND FINISHED AND RESTORED 1950 ETA MOVEMENT
THE HAND FINISHED AND RESTORED CASE
THE HAND MADE AND FINISHED ALLIGATOR STRAP

IMG_9720.JPG (137255 bytes)

I HAVE TO SAY
IT TOOK 3 HOURS
TO WRITE THIS UP.

THREE HOURS....


THE REASON IS SIMPLE
I WANTED YOU TO SEE OUR WORK
TO SEE THE TIME WE TAKE TO BRING OUR
RESTORED VINTAGE WATCHES TO YOU

IMG_9719.JPG (105890 bytes)

THIS IS WHAT HAND MADE AND FINISHED
$170.00 ALLIGATOR LOOKS LIKE

IMG_9691.JPG (111174 bytes)

THE STAINLESS
TWIN BUTTON
QUICK RELEASE
DEPLOYMENT ADDS SO MUCH
TO OUR OFFER

THIS DEPLOYMENT WILL ALLOW THE STRAP TO LAST

UP TO 4 TO 5 TIMES LONGER
THEN IF IT HAD JUST A BUCKLE

***************************************

AAAPARA-FRANCE.gif (33850 bytes)


Paratroops of the Légion Étrangère

1st Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment was born on 1 July 1948 and embarked on the "Shepherd" October 24 at Mers El-Kebir and arrived in Indochina on November 12 in Haiphong.

Though the regiment was stationed throughout the Indochina War theater, the main battles will take place in Tonkin (northern Vietnam).

On the 17 and 18 of September 1950, the battalion jumped at That Khe to rescue French forces in Cao Bang (Battle of RC4) and was almost destroyed during the fighting taking place around Khe Dongand was dissolved on December 31.

Its losses included 21 officers, 46 NCOs and 420 legionaries whose commanding officer was the battalion commander Segrétain. Only a few survivors managed to reach the French lines, including the captain Jeanpierre, who would later, in Algeria, become the commanding officer of the 1st REP.

1st BEP was recreated 18 March 1951 from the remainder of the original battalion, along with reinforcements from the 2nd BEP and North Africa. The BEP then comprised 3 companies (CCB, 1st and 2nd Company) and Cipla (company Indochinese Foreign Legion paratrooper company-4e). A third company will be incorporated in November 1952.

*******************************************

IMG_9671.JPG (147836 bytes)

HERE THE PARTS HAVE BEEN
CLEANED
AND/OR
RESTORED
AND/OR
OVERHAULED

IMG_9676.JPG (138852 bytes)

JUST LOOK AT PICTURE "1" IN THE
"PAST FRENCH LANCET WATCHES"
AT THE OPENING OF THIS OFFER
IT IS THE ONE TOP LEFT
THAT IS WHAT THIS DIAL LOOKED LIKE
AFTER YEARS OF ABUSE MOISTURE AND NEGLECT

THE ABOVE DIAL REFINISHING BEGIN WITH AN
EXPENSIVE PROCCESS OF CREATING PLATES
MADE FROM THE ORIGINAL DIAL

THESE PLATES ARE MADE INTO "STAMPS"
THESE STAMPS ARE USED TO TRANSFER
COLOR & OBJECTS TO THE DIAL


SUCH AS
METALIC RINGS
NUMERALS
LANCET
AIRPLANE
SUB-SECOND REGISTER


THEN
THE RAISED ILLUMINATION
BLUE OUTLINES
SECONDS CHAPTER

ARE PLACED BY HAND

COLORS MAY BE CHOSEN
BASED ON
REMAINS ON THE DIAL
HISTORICAL  PICTURES OF THE WATCH
PROBE TESTING OF ANY COMPOUNDS

LUCKY FOR US, WE HAD RESTORED AN
ORIGINAL FRENCH TRI-COLOR LANCET
  THAT HAD 100% OF THE FADED COLORING

IMG_9680.JPG (131287 bytes)

HERE THE DIAL IS PLACED BACK ON THE

SURBERBLY FACTORY FINISHED
HIGH END


ROHODIUM PLATED
GOLD JEWEL CAPPED
SWISS BARS

15 JEWEL
1950 ETA 930


IMG_9664.JPG (169072 bytes)

ABOVE IS CASE BEFORE CLEAING

IMG_9674.JPG (169665 bytes)

CASE TOP AFTER

LIGHT SANDING
SHAPING
CLEAING

IMG_9675.JPG (154310 bytes)

CASE BOTTOM AFTER

LIGHT SANDING
SHAPING
CLEAING

IMG_9681.JPG (140675 bytes)

DIAL WITH MOVEMENT
PLACED IN CASE
FROM TOP

IMG_9682.JPG (167062 bytes)

ONLY TWO OTHER LANCETS
LIKE THIS ONE HAVE APPEARED IN 5 YEARS

ALL WERE FROM VIETNAM

EACH HAD SIMILAR CASES AND MOVEMENTS
WITH UNIQUE HANDS

THE EXTRA ORDINARY HANDS ON THIS MODL ARE

BLACK STEEL
ILLUMINATED LEAF HANDS

THAT LOOK LIKE PROP BLADES!!

THEY FIT PERFECTLY WITH THE ILLUMINATED DIAL

IMG_9667.JPG (133481 bytes)

THIS IS THE BEZEL BEFORE STRIPPING AND REPLATING

IMG_9673.JPG (146413 bytes)

YOU CAN SEE THE MATCHING TOP INCABLOC
"BRASS AND JEWEL SHOCK ABSORBER"

IMG_9683.JPG (154153 bytes)

CUSTOM 15J SHOCK PROTECTED MOVEMENT

BASED ON
CA. 1950 ETA
(ETA 930)

Features
AWESOME FINISH
GOLD JEWEL CAPS
INCABLOC
MANUAL WIND
SUB SECOND
15 JEWELS
48h  POWER RESERVE

F=18000 A/h

********************************************************

wpeD7.jpg (27672 bytes)

 

 

wpeF6.jpg (7473 bytes)

On 1 September 1953 the 1st foreign company paratrooper heavy mortar (1st CEPML) was created from elements of the 1st and 2nd SEN. This unit was attached to the 1st BEP.
1st BEP was again annihilated on May 7, 1954 at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu: there were 316 killed at the end of fighting (not counting the prisoners who will not return from captivity).

The 2nd REP remains the only foreign regiment of paratroopers.

The 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment (French: 1er Régiment Étranger de Parachutistes, 1er REP) was a Foreign Legion airborne unit of the French Army. It fought in the First Indochina War, Suez Crisis and Algerian War, but was disbanded after taking part in a putsch against the French government in 1961

 First Indochina War
*Battle of Route Coloniale 4
*Battle of Hoa Binh
*Operation Lorraine
*Battle of Na San
*Operation Castor
*Battle of Dien Bien Phu
Algerian War
Suez Crisis

Decorations
* Croix de guerre des théâtres d'opérations extérieures with 5 palms
* Cameróne 1863[1]
* Indochine 1949-1954
* AFN 1952-196

 

*****************************

CONDITION
- EXCELLENT- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME
**************************************

WITH YOUR INVESTMENT YOU RECEIVE:

C) FREE A ONE YEAR GSW LIMITED WARRANTY

D) 1475.00 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. Visit our studio gallery online for info on restoring or repairing your watch and call for 50% discounts from our advertised pricing!