British military watches
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Chapter 2: Nº 1914

British military watches

Set in 1914 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, our limited edition ‘No. 1914’ trench watches are available exclusively with the second chapter of W. T. Author’s book accompanied by a signed limited edition screen print with corresponding number.

Launched Friday, 19th September 2014, ‘No. 1914’ British military watches for men by W. T. Author are currently available for general sale through our store from £350.

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World War I

Second edition

Set nine years after our debut collection, ‘No. 1914’ British military watches draw inspiration from World War One: an era where intensified warfare made digging about in one’s pocket for a watch far too time-consuming, and so the trench wristwatch was introduced. Developing the aesthetics of the pocket watch even further into the realms of the modern wristwatch, the signature brazed lugs have been shifted to extend directly from the side of the bespoke case allowing the more refined ‘No. 1914’ handmade leather strap to be fitted.

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Numbered caseback

Limited edition

Custom design

Signed screenprint

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Modernised aesthetic

Signature red crown

The trench watch case measures 46mm across, 52.5mm high including the lugs with an overall case depth of 10mm. The dial utilises numbers taking influence directly from 1914 trench watches and is enhanced with our unique “tuning fork” indices. Traditionally formed custom-made hands with tonal colour infill, complete the dial.

Swiss made movement

Only 125 pieces

The watch has been modernised with a beautiful “casino chip” enamel screw down back, a signature red aluminium crown embossed with Author’s trademark and a Swiss made Ronda quartz 513S movement. The trench watches collection has been designed and built in Britain exclusively by W. T. Author and is strictly limited to 125 limited edition pieces.

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Natural leather straps

Handmade in Britain

Each ‘No. 1914’ leather watch strap has been handmade in Britain using Argentinian-sourced buffallo hide. The rich colour of these 8 – 9 ounce double shoulders, which is applied during the oil tanning process, goes completely through the leather. Finished to an incredibly high standard the result is a naturally beautiful strap with a coarse grain that will uniquely mould itself to your wrist over time. The strap has been designed and manufactured to fit a 24 mm lug width with an overall thickness of 3 – 4mm and is embossed with the W. T. Author ‘A’ trademark. Rounded strap edges and burnished using our own organic wax, each strap is completed with a black PVD coated brass buckle.

We believe our trench watches should be accessed at the same price wherever you are in the world so every piece comes with free global shipping as standard.