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The Culling Collection of Military Watches

Bob Culling


№ 212


9 June 2020

Hammer Price:

British military: A silver cased ‘Trench’ wristwatch, by Rolex, 1914, the white enamel dial with black outline Arabic numerals and outer minutes track, blued steel skeleton hands and subsidiary seconds dial, signed 15 jewel movement, the silver case signed and bearing import marks for 1914, reverse inscribed ‘LIEUT C.M. BLACK, C.F.A’, with wire lugs, to narrow black leather strap, dial diameter 30mm. £150-£200

CFA stands for Canadian Field Artillery.

The owner of the watch was Lieutenant Charles McEwan Black, who was born in Winnipeg on 16 October 1891, and served with the Canadian Field Artillery during the Great War. He died in Montreal in 1956.

The dial is in very good condition, with just a small brown scratch/mark between 12-1 o’clock. The movement runs when wound, (video available on request) but appear a little ‘sticky’ - may require attention; it remains untested for timekeeping. The case shows general light wear all over, a few scratches around case opening; the hallmarks and inscriptions are clear. Width of watch head 34mm. The strap is later, in reasonable condition.
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