EL­GIN TRENCH WATCHES OF THE GREAT WAR,

By S. Czu­ber­nat, pub­lished by Schif­fer

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Jumping, slightly late, on the cen­te­nary band­wagon re­mem­ber­ing the 1914-1918 First World War, this book tells the story of the wrist­watches by the El­gin Na­tional Watch Company sup­plied to US troops, both those whose func­tions were be­spoke and se­lected by the of­fi­cer class that could af­ford to do so, as well as the stan­dard is­sue mod­els cho­sen by the US Army – use­ful for the grunts to know ex­actly when they’d be go­ing over the top to meet an almost cer­tain death. The company, es­tab­lished in 1864, pro­duced over one mil­lions watches a year for sol­diers at the front – to keep the num­ber of pages man­age­able, the book fo­cuses on just El­gin’s best, in­clud­ing the Red 12 Di­als, the Gi­ant Size 6, the Star Dial and the Shadow Box Dial.

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