ORIENT EXPRESS WWI War years Berlin to Estanbul C: 1916
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Conductors original pocket conversion WWI war years. It was Germanys hope to wind this war and forever change the point of origin of the Orient Express from Paris to Berlin. This little known diversion is historical and is undervalued by French and English Historians. This rare conductors poocket conversion features the original black military black dial and Turkish destination, which during this war to end all wars was, indeed, TURKEY!
Built by Billodes Central European ORIENT EXPRESS LOCOMOTIVE Jumbo Wrist RAILROAD Watch LOCOMOTIVE Case 55mm Circa: 1916. The Orient Express originated in 1883. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the timetable service. 1889: The line is completed, and direct Paris-Constantinople operation starts in June 1889. The Orient Express leaves Paris (Gare de Strasbourg, now renamed Gare de l'Est) every night at 18:25. It has daily sleepers for Vienna, twice-weekly sleepers on Sundays & Wednesdays for Constantinople, and twice-weekly sleepers on Monday & Friday for Bucharest. Arrival in Constantinople was at 16:00, 3 nights (67.5 hours) from Paris. 1891: 'Express d'Orient' is officially renamed 'Orient Express'. 1909: The Orient Express trainsets are re-equipped with new sleepers and restaurant cars. The new sleepers feature softer suspension and an upper berth which folds more completely away for day use.
1914: The Orient Express is suspended from July 1914, due to the war. The Germans try to run a Berlin-Constantinople train, the 'Balkanzug', without much success, but did operate this route from Berlin. It is from this period that this watch originates, and is therefore very, very, rare.
Originally converted for the wrist in 1916 The Turkish symbols on the back suggest the final destination. This is an original conversion from a pocket watch to the wrist and is clearly marked: “1916” on the back. The movement plates looks like Longines and is marked the same as is the dial: “Billodes” Logo. The case and dial are original to one another. THIS IS A FINE COLLECTIBLE. DON'T INVEST IN THE STOCK MARKET. BUY SOMETHING PROVEN IN TIME. This watch is definitely intended for the collective addictive anal retentive.
DIAL: Military Black enamel original dial with florescent Arabic figures and marked; “Billodes”, “EXTRA” with the seconds register located at 9:00 O'clock. Some age splits on the surface are visible on this original dial and are only viewed through light reflection.
MOVEMENT: ¾ plate gilt, 15 jewels, pin set, “Billodes” Logo design, Lever escapement. Clean, running and original to this case.
CASE: Double hinged back and bezel “No. 4773057/3581”. “BILLODES” Logo inside back lid and an old style Locomotive over 0751/ 1916. Note: The fine craftsmanship of the hinged lug design.
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