British watchmaker W.T. Author launched its first watch, the 1905, exactly one year ago in 2013 via a hugely successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. One year on and they have just introduced the even more ambitious World War I inspired 1914.
The wristwatch (or wristlet) as it used to be known, really came into its own during the First World War as trench bound troops discovered that rummaging around for a pocket watch was simply too hazardous with round after round of German lead heading in their general direction. In fact the wrist watch did not catch on in any meaningful commercial sense for some years after the war, but it was the brave troops returning from the Great War that started the trend.
The W.T. Author 1914 is chronologically nine years on from the 1905. For this watch the signature brazed lugs have been shifted to extend directly from the side of the bespoke case allowing the more refined 'No. 1914' hand-made leather strap to be fitted.
The imposing case measures 46 mm across, by 52.5 mm high including the lugs with an overall case depth of 10 mm. The unusual numbers on the dial are influenced directly by 1914 trench watches and are enhanced by Author’s unique hour markers. Traditionally formed custom-made hands with tonal colour infill complete the dial.
Like the 1905, the 1914 features a casino chip case back and the signature red crown. Bearing in mind these watches cost just £300, you get a lot of watch for your money: The watch is powered by a Swiss Made 513S Calibre Movement and is finished in an exclusive black PVD stainless steel case.
The straps, which are made in Britain from Argentinian buffalo hide, are authentic to the era and are hand-made refined leather fitted with a black roller buckle. Fitted with a sapphire coated mineral lens, each watch has a 2-year limited warranty, and comes complete with an A5 book of Chapter 2 by W.T. Author, signed by the team at the watch manufacture, as well as a limited edition 'No. 1914' A5 silk screen print in cyan also signed by the entire team.
Each watch colour is limited to just 125 pieces.There are still five more days to pre-order to save £50 on the cost, (up to October 19th) and that includes free shipping both domestically and internationally.
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