Elgin Trench Watches of the Great War

Stan Czubernat

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A combination of 440 photos and advertisements, plus informative text, tell the story of the Elgin National Watch Company wristwatches that accompanied US Army troops into the trenches of Europe in World War I. Known as a company that would allow buyers to pick and choose among features for their personal watches. The US Army also created specifications dated November 3, 1914 and October 24, 1916, choosing the watch features their soldiers would wear. After a brief discussion of pricing, rarity, and company history, the wristwatches covered include: Star Dial Series, Giant Size 6s, RED 12 Dials, BOLD Arabic Dials, and Shadow Box Dials. Also explored are dial date stamps, recent restorations, crystal guards, and Elgin watch movements. This venerable watch company, dating back to 1864, produced roughly 1,000,000 watch movements each year during World War I. Explore these veterans of the Great War through this fascinating read.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 440 photos | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764347115

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Stan Czubernat was born in Delaware and shortly thereafter his family moved to the Chicago area only about an hour away from Elgin, Illinois. He graduated from Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, Illinois then attended St. Petersburg College in Florida. He is self-trained in the craft of antique watch restoration. He has owned and operated LRF Antique Watches since 2008. Stan buys, restores and sells early American wrist watches from the pre-WWI era up to the late 1930’s. He specializes in the Elgin and Waltham brands but on occasion will restore an Illinois or Hampden time piece from this period. He has restored over one thousand antique trench watches and wrist watches, his favorites being Elgin’s “Star Dial Series” and RED 12’s. He currently resides in the Houston area with his wife Tiffany. If you are interested in viewing more of Stan’s recent watch restorations or possibly making an antique watch purchase his current stock and contact information can be found on his web page. www.LRFAntiqueWatches.com.