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1918 Brass Trench White Dial with White Lume

$388.00 USD

When World War I began in 1914, soldiers faced a novel problem. In the chaos on and off the battlefield where precise timing was integral to routines, communications, and synchronizing attacks, reliable and accurate timepieces were vital. Many officers had pocket watches, but these had many shortcomings on the battlefield. They were cumbersome to pull out and to open the protective lid with gloved hands, requiring officers to pause their duties. The dials were impossible to read at night and the glass crystals broke easily. In a setting where a second could be the difference between life and death, it was clear that an alternative was needed. Thus, in the muddy trenches of the First World War, the wrist-watch was born.

Today, we have upgraded the classic concept to what no-one could have dreamed of a century ago:
• Scratch and shatter-proof double domed sapphire, AR-coated underside for clarity, instead of the original fragile glass;
• Latest generation, non-radioactive non-fading Swiss lume, instead of old radium paste which slowly poisoned the dial painters, and needed re-coating after ten years;
• State of the art modern enamel, when last century brittle vitreous glaze chipped off or aged with hairline cracks;
• A modern, robust Japanese automatic movement with hand-winding and hacking seconds, a “complication” envied as a rare luxury in the early 20th century!



Case diameter: 37mm or 40mm
Case thickness: 10mm 
Dial: Enamel
Crystal: 2mm double domed sapphire with inner AR applied
Lug width: 18mm(37mm) or 20mm(40mm)
Lug to lug: 45mm(37mm) or 48mm(40mm)
Lume: C3 Lume
Case Material: Brass
Caseback: 316L stainless steel with option for empty caseback and laser engraving at additional cost
Crown: Screw-down crown 
Movement: Miyota 82s5 automatic gilt movement (Côtes de Genève) with hand-winding and hacking seconds. 21 jewels 21.6kpbh more than 40 hours power reserve 
Water resistance: 10 atm
Strap: Crazy horse leather with bund pad (75mm/120mm) or single pass (270mm)
Warranty: 1 year global warranty


*Photos of brass cases are photoshopped and may not represent the real colours of the brass material. 40mm dial will not feature a cropped "6". Brass watches will come with matching brass hardware. Caseback will be stainless steel.

**Brass watches may be at a different stage of patina at the time of delivery.

Click here to learn how to install our bund strap.
Click here to learn how to use screw down crown.

Our high quality 1918 watches are individually inspected in Singapore, quality and satisfaction guaranteed. 

1 Year International Warranty

Free Worldwide Express Shipping with exception of some countries. Customers are responsible for any Duties and Taxes to be paid. Please contact us if you would like us to pre-pay for you but any customer returns will be less Duties and Taxes.

Additional Resources
1918 Automatic Collection - Reviews - FAQ - Guarantee 

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