This stunning vintage Elgin timepiece features a large round enamel military white dial and spaded hands that run along a black enamel minute track. What's most unique about this watch is the guard that was used to protect the crystal from breaking from flying shrapnel. There were only a handful of guard design variations but this particular shape/style was even more scarce. It was designed by George Lederer of Providence, RI. Patent applied for on August 13, 1918, patent granted on January 7, 1919. Judging by the design of the feet on the guard it was in all likelihood actually made by Mealy Manufacturing. The guard is where the true value is with this Elgin and it's a GIANT size 6s which makes it even more valuable. The inner case is marked Philadelphia Watch Case Co., Silverode, 75575. The movement has the serial # 4922110 and is branded Elgin Natl, Watch Co. This collectible watch runs strong and has been timed for 24 hours. As with most other Illinois and Elgin Watches, you have to depress the crown to wind up the mainspring. The guard is slightly skewed on certain sections as seen in the side-shot photos but does fit snug on the bezel via the three prongs. I presume this would be an easy fix for a jeweler or by bending it back straight although I did not want to attempt it myself.