Rare early US Army issue Illinois Depollier wrist watch circa 1918. Around 103 years old!
I am selling this watch for a long term collector in the USA who has had it in his collection for many years.
As you can see from the pics the watch is in original 'as found' condition and has not been restored.
Watch issue number is 03703 and the Illinois movement number is 3396360.
The watch is 35mm diameter ex the crown, 42.25mm including the crown and 16mm thick. Across the lugs is 43.8mm and the lugs are for a 16mm strap.
The case is in good condition but the black enamel coating is chipped and worn away in several places.
The movement looks to be in good shape with no obvious corrosion evident. The case has done a very good job in protecting the movement over the years.
The watch is working but would require a full service and general clean up should a future owner want to get it running 100% correctly.
The watch can be wound and set but the mechanism is worn and needs work to get it functioning smoothly.
I have included a copy of an original advert which mentions how watches with these cases were adopted for use by the Signal Corps of the United States Army. In the case of the advert the movement is Waltham.
Very interesting and historical timepiece which is sold 'as is' with no warranty and no returns.