Looking for a WW1 Watch

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  1. I am looking for a French wrist watch as used by Johnny "Poilu" during WW1, in particular one featuring the 75mm field gun.

    Looks like this:


    A shot in the dark but perhaps one of your warry ancestors brought one back?
  2. Tried him, so far no response
  3. sirbhp

    sirbhp LE Book Reviewer

    try sotherbys?
  4. Is or was it luminous? This was an era when people used radium quite casually?
  5. I didn't know the French wrote their numbers in English...
  6. The hands would indeed have been radium coated.
  7. Not an expert but the one on the website advertised for sale lacks the 'emporte de suisse' logo your photo has
  8. It is a general design, manufacturers and varied. The Swiss made marking can also be in the watch case
  9. udipur

    udipur LE Book Reviewer

    First stop would be an email to chum at www.chonomaster.co.uk as he picks up some good pieces - you will end up paying high dollar though.

    Then take a wander through Watch you seek is Watch you get! - Watchuseek and get pally with some of the loons who salivate more about their wrist actions than a buck toothed, inbred, Y-front wearing porn addict from Suburbiton.
  10. There are some Slavic types that knock up WWI and WWII type knock off watches, usually using vintage Molnija movements that were turned out on the same machines with the same basic ebauche as the Cortebert/Rolex 618 (that Rolex used for Panerai), as well as taking vintage Swiss pocket watches and modifying them to the "early wrist watch" format, commonly embellishing them with German symbols... you might be able to get them to cobble together a reasonable facsimile for you for less than a couple hundred Euros if you are unable to find a real one... and if you are looking on eBay, you may have already found them. ;-)