Rolex Antique Military Trench Watch Guilloche Dial - Rose Gold - WWI & WWII Era

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Often we come across what we call "Frankenstein" watches, or the more friendly "rebuild" term, that is, made up from parts of different watches. Usually they're of little interest to us, but occasionally we'll run across a fascinating example.

This antique Rolex is a unique historical curiosity. The heart of this “trench watch” is a 1918 Rolex stamped 15 jewel Rebberg movement in a 9ct rose gold case stamped “Rolex” & “W&D” for Wilsdorf & Davis, Rolexes original founders.

It is fitted with a rare, 1940s, guilloche (textured) quartered chevron dial, (probably due to damage from the radium painted on the hands and numeral markers of the original dial), essentially making this both a WWI & WWII era watch!

While there may be some purists out there who have little to no interest in this watch, we love it. Generally speaking, that’s our primary criteria on whether we decide to invest in a watch… would we wear it? With this Rolex "trench watch", the answer is a RESOUNDING YES!

Unique Features of This Antique Rolex Watch

Original Rebberg 15 Jewel Movement ca. 1918

Sub-Second Hand

Rolex Snap Back Case Stamped Rolex, W&D, 9ct

Rolex Signed Crown

Wire Lugs With Permanent Bar

(watch band must be nato/cuff style, no removable spring bars)

Dial ca. 1940s WWII era

Guilloche Dial - Quartered Chevron Pattern

Dagger & Arabic Hour Markers

Lumed Hands 

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  • Brand Rolex
  • Model/Style Military Trench/Pilot Style
  • Year 1918
  • Condition Fair - Click Here To Learn More About Watch Conditions & Warranty
  • Scope of delivery No original box, no original papers
  • Gender Men's watch/Unisex
  • Movement Manual winding
  • Movement/Caliber Rebberg 15 Jewel
  • Number of Jewels 15
  • Case Material Rose gold
  • Bracelet Material Leather
  • Case Diameter 32 x 30 mm
  • Thickness 8 mm
  • Water Resistance Not water resistant
  • *pre-owned watches not guaranteed waterproof unless otherwise explicitly stated
  • Dial White (Rare Guilloche Dial WWII era)
  • Dial Numerals Arabic numerals
  • Bracelet Color Brown
  • Lug width 16 mm
  • Clasp Buckle
  • Clasp material Steel