The Nº 1914 Black Quartz

5.00 out of 5
(5 customer reviews)


The Nº 1914 black quartz trench style watch, limited to only 125 serial numbers. Built-to-order in 10 working days by our workshop in Shropshire, UK. Free worldwide shipping.

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We are proud to present our second collection – the Nº 1914 trench style watch collection.

It draws inspiration from World War One: an era where warfare made digging about in one’s pocket far too time-consuming. And so the trench wristwatch was introduced. We develop the aesthetics of the pocket watch even further into the realms of the modern wristwatch.

The Nº 1914 is a quartz wristwatch with a stop second device and serial numbered back. Each 316L stainless steel watch head measures 46 mm width x 49 mm length x 10.5 mm depth (including lugs) and is tested to 10 ATM (100m / 325ft) water resistance.

Utlising meticulously brushed surfaces, it has been elevated further with the use of a delicately fluted bezel. The machined crown features a bold, deep red anodised finish, consistent with all of our past collections. The bespoke watch head is finished with an unapologetically raw buffalo hide handmade strap in deep tan with a black plated roller buckle. It is riveted directly onto the watch head.

Every watch is built to order with British and imported parts in our UK workshop located in Shropshire. Each watch is guaranteed against any defects in material or workmanship that may occur under normal use for a period of 24 months from the date of purchase. Learn more.

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Featuring a black finish applied to a beautiful matt dial that brings a striking contrast against the labelled mustard indices. Original, labelled hour markers are carefully placed on the dial with a contrasting minute track.


Founded in Waldenburgertal, the company headquarters are now in Lausen. The group has five international subsidiaries.

The caliber Nº 513S is analogue quartz movement, assembled in Switzerland. It is produced in-house by high-speed automatic assembly lines and undergoes strict quality checks.

The component includes repairable metal clockwork with a very powerful stepper motor and fixed pulse.

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It has been designed to fit perfectly on the wrist within a robust and solid watch head that has been assembled to be put through its paces. The result is a timepiece with a 46 mm diameter, a length of 52.5 mm (lug-to-lug), all contained within a depth of 10 mm (including lugs).

We effortlessly combine beautifully brushed surfaces that meet to create a clean aesthetic with incredibly strong properties. The fluted watch bezel brings a dynamic style whilst offering a fantastically machined aesthetic.

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The intricately machined screw down back includes deep, tooled recesses with enamel infill to reflect our established signature “poker chip” aesthetic influenced from our previous watch collections. The component creates a powerful seal that ensures water resistance tested to 100m / 10 ATM.

The stable construction with precisely defined architecture has been designed and machined to be as beautiful as every other component on the watch. The back is finished with our intricately printed mark and serial code to indicate its allotted number in the limited edition collection.


The crown is placed at the 3 o’clock position with lugs that fall tightly underneath the top component of the watch head, avoiding any discomfort to your wrist.


The sapphire coating offers significantly more scratch resistance vs. traditional glass, plastic or acrylic crystal as well as being extremely strong.


The watch dial is where we can be the most expressive. The Nº 1914 watch comes in four different colour options: Blue, Black, Cream and White. Each one carries a specific correlation of meticulously designed hour, minute and second indices. The hour markers utilise a correlation of our applied, signature “tuning fork” indices placed securely to the dial to compliment the labelled WT Author mark at the 12 position.

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The highly distinctive minute, hour and second hands utilise silver-tone finishes. The bold forms have been designed to be easily read and visible against the dial.


Each unapologetically raw leather watch strap has been handmade in Britain using oil tanned dyed through buffalo hide. The rich colour, treated with waxes and oils offers a distressed effect which lightens in colour when folded or turned. The natural grain is left intact to show all the growth marks and unique character, giving a distinctive look with this mellow feeling skin. The strap has been designed and manufactured to fit a 24 mm lug width with an overall thickness of 3 mm and is embossed with the WT Author ‘A’ trademark. Each strap is completed with a brushed stainless steel buckle and finished with rounded, burnished strap edges.


Our packaging has been engineered to be 100% reusable and recyclable, as well as providing a lightweight solution to reduce wasteful distribution. We endeavour to use recycled stock at every possible opportunity. The inherent beauty of this repurposed material is adorned by our own exclusive artwork.

Every watch comes accompanied by the following items:

  • Signed and numbered screen print (limited edition screen print with signature and corresponding number to match the watch’s serial code).
  • Chapter 2 taken from The Book of WT Author (the Nº 1914’s story visualised within a beautifully formatted booklet).

Learn more about our environmental commitments here.

Additional information


Swiss made caliber Nº 513S quartz movement by Ronda. Powerful stepper motor. Fixed motor pulse.




46 mm

Case Material

Type 316L stainless steel stainless steel


10 mm


49 mm

Lug width

24 mm


Limited to 125 serial numbers only

Water Resistance

10 ATM / 100 m


Screw down


Sapphire coated crystal front


Anodised aluminium

Strap Type

Handmade buffalo leather strap

Strap Colour



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14 day returns policy for returning non-faulty products. Full details are available at

5 reviews for The Nº 1914 Black Quartz

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Shakespeare

    I am not a watch type of person, I am a car guy, but, my wife bought me a 1905, I bought a 1914, and I’m now ordering the new 1929 W.T. Author watch. My friends, who are watch guys are always impressed and are spreading the word, so get them while you can.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve Thomas (verified owner)

    Like the other reviewers, I couldn’t stop at one W. T. Author watch, my first being the 1934 blue automatic, quickly followed by the 1914 in black and more recently the 1929 in white.
    The concept of designing watches around historical moments and of course the tie in of getting a new book chapter with each watch really appeals to me. I guess we are tied in to 13 watches and I hope they are all as individual and classy as the existing ones.
    I live in US and the guys at W. T. Author have been brilliant in ensuring my watches reach me quickly and in great condition.
    My favorite and most commented on is my black 1914. Love that watch!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peter Smith (verified owner)

    Great stylish watches. I have the 1914 watch. Absolute masterpiece & good back up service. The battery needed changing & service was prompt, plus cleaned as well.
    Well done WT!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    christopher bean (verified owner)

    These guys are always friendly and helpful. they also make very original watches at a good price.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve Johnson (verified owner)

    I stumbled across WT Author at the Bath and West show and i was so impressed with not only the style but also the quality of these pieces, when I looked into their history and read their story i was hooked!!.
    I now have a 13 year plan of my own and have just ordered the latest edition to go with the other 6 in the collection.
    Excellent quality watches , I would recommend to anyone.
    Every watch collection should include a WT Author.

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