Strange, I was sure I had already published something about wrist watches during WW1, but I cannot find anything. Anyway, I am almost sure I’ve never published this picture before. This US soldier portrayed in a French garden in France in 1918 wears a “Wound Chevron” (on his right sleeve); this chevron was awarded for each combat wound or gassing recieved in the “Zone of advance”. But the most interesting element is his wrist watch, which is actually a pocket watch with a leather wrist strap. Indeed before the war, wrist watches were mainly for ladies, but intensified warfare made fishing around in one’s pocket for a watch too time-consuming.