RARE WW1 SILVER 1918 ROLEX OFFICER'S TRENCH WRISTWATCH

YOU ARE BIDDING ON A RARE WW1 OFFICER'S SILVER ROLEX WATCH DATED 1918.

Swiss Rolex 15 jewel 28.6mm diameter(13 ligne) movement stamped under dial Rebberg Depose (see 'dial off' picture) damascened mechanical movement.Winding wheel stamped Rolex 15 Jewels .
Hallmarked Sterling silver case which is 37mm in diameter including the original 'onion' winding crown.

The white enamel dial is printed Rolex with outer black railway minute track and Arabic hour markers.

The dial has one stress mark very light just under the 4 hour marker, but does have a small edge chip, which is masked when the bezel is screwed on.

The all original dial is fitted with blue steel 'skeleton' hour and minute hands (some original luminous material missing) with an inset sub seconds dial at 6 o'clock.

The silver screw off back is stamped 'W&D ROLEX SWISS 996702' .Hallmarked with London Assay Office import mark , 925 (silver content) and date letter C (1918)

The watch is fitted with its original moleskin 10mm strap with sterling silver buckle, RARE? OR WHAT?

IT ALMOST APPEARS AS THOUGH THIS WATCH HAS BEEN SAT IN A DRAWER FOR THE LAST 93 YEARS, TRULY MONEY BACK , AMAZING

With a loupe some light markings on the case can be seen. The watch has been serviced and keeps good time.
EXCELLENT

I BELIEVE THAT MOST OF THE ROLEX SCREW BACK CASES IN THIS PERIOD WERE SIGNED DENNISON WATCH CASE CO. BUT THIS IS A ROLEX CASE A PRECURSOR OF THE EMERGING OYSTER.

RICH FAMILIES TENDED TO PURCHASE THESE FOR THEIR OFFICER SONS ON THE WAY TO WAR, I FOUND THIS WATCH IN IRELAND, AND IT HAS SURVIVED SO WELL. PERHAPS AN OFFICER IN THE IRISH GUARDS, WHO KNOWS?

PLEASE ALLOW FOR A SERVICE ON ARRIVAL, DELIVERY OVERSEAS CAN SOMETIMES PRODUCE OIL EMULSIFICATION IN AIRCRAFT TRANSPORT, DUE TO EXTREME HOLD TEMPERATURES

Rolex, Aegler & Rebberg History

The company was established in 1878 by Jean AEGLER who died in 1891.His widow took over the running of the firm which became VE JEAN AEGLER (which means widow of Jean Aegler) and by 1902 there son Hermann was involved. The Rebberg trademark was registered around this time and developed from the district of Rebberg in Bienne where they were based.
In 1905 Hans Wilsdorf of Wilsdorf & Davis contacted Hermann and they improved one of Hermann's movements under the Ve Jean Aegler name and Wilsdorf placed a very large order for them.
During 1906 the company name was changed to Les Fils De Jean Aegler, Fabrique Rebberg. In 1908 Wilsdorf adopted the name Rolex and wanted this name only on the watches. A battle between Wilsdorf and Aegler followed which Wilsdorf won. Aegler registered Rolex (from Ho ROL ogie EX cellence) as its trade name in 1913, for the manufacture of watches and watch parts. During the wars both names continued to develop. In 1919 Rolex finally incorporated as Montres Rolex SA with its manufactory listed as Manufacture Des Montres Rolex, Aegler SA.

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