Man's watch with handcrafted band made from aircraft aluminium

Accession Number REL25189
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Trench Art
Physical description Aluminium; Brass
Place made Borneo: Balikpapan Area
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Man's watch with luminous dial, which is fitted with a band made from layers of aluminium sheet. The bracelet style band has three tiers, each a little wider than the one above. The narrower top tier is two sectional with each half bent over to clasp the watchband pins at the top and bottom of the watch-casing. The other ends of the two sections of the top band are rivetted through the two bottom tiers which have been bent to shape and to completely meet under the wrist.

History / Summary

Constance Creffield's husband served with 14 Airfield Construction Unit, RAAF, and made the watchband for her from aluminium salvaged from an aircraft while he was serving in the Balikpapan area in 1945.