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Aeschbach WW2 Pattern German Airforce (Luftwaffe) 17 Jewel Hand Wound Military Pocket Watch

€229,00

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 SKU: ABACH/RLMPW

Military pocket watches along with their civilian equivalents are seeing a huge increase in popularity. Historically they were often employed for both land-based, Airborne and naval applications. During WW2 they were frequently used by both the German Forces (Wehrmacht, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe) as well as British and American forces, the primary reason that pocket watches were so popular was that wrist watches at the time were usually very small and hard to read with an average diameter of just 32mm hence the pocket watches large size of close to 50mm meant that the time could be seen much more easily. 

This classic WW2 pattern Aeschbach* military watch with a small subsidiary dial second hand is based on the typical designs used by the German Luftwaffe and issued by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM / German Air Ministry)  these watches did not remain in the possession of the Luftwaffe pilots and were issued to them on a mission by mission basis, to be returned to the quartermaster on arrival back at base. This watch is closely based on one of Aeschbach's WW2 designs, although the original watches are now quite rare and tend to fetch high prices this watch is outwardly almost indistinguishable from the factories WW2 models and has a traditional 17 jewel hand wound movement, the watch has also been upgraded to a glass crystal which is superior to the acrylic / plastic crystals which were used in World War Two and were very easily scratched or damaged. 

The original WW2 watches made for the Wehrmacht, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe were produced by a large number of Swiss and German manufacturers some of which including Aeschbach which was originally founded in 1923 continue to exist to this day.

A group of military watch enthusiasts have compiled a list of the manufacturers of timepieces which appears on their website at this link https://military-watches.net/ww2-german-watches the list seems to be almost complete no doubt they would appreciate it if anyone could fill in the few remaining gaps.

This particular pocket watch has a solid stainless steel case made from Military Grade 316L stainless steel with subsidiary dial second hand.  

SPECIFICATION

  • Diameter: 47.5mm
  • Length with crown: 58mm
  • Thickness: 14mm
  • Crystal Width: 40mm
  • Crystal Type: Domed Glass
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Caseback: Stainless Steel
  • Luminosity: Luminova
  • Movement: 17 Jewel Handwound Mechanical Movement
  • Complete with chain
  • The Watch is delivered in its original box and has a 2 year factory guarantee

The History of  Aeschbach Watches

The original WW2 watches made for the Wehrmacht, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe were produced by a large number of Swiss and German manufacturers some of which including Aeschbach originally founded in 1923 continue to exist to this day. 

Aeschbach watches was a leading WWII manufacturer but faced significant misfortune during War because they were located in Pforzheim, a town in southwestern Germany that was heavily bombed. The largest and most devastating raid was conducted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) on the evening of February 23, 1945. This attack resulted in the deaths of approximately 17,600 people, or 31.4% of the town's population, and destroyed about 83% of Pforzheim's buildings. The raid devastated two-thirds of the town and between 80% and 100% of the inner city. The Aeschbach workshops were completely destroyed meaning that the watches could no longer be manufactured.

However, the company saw a revival some years back when a family member, while sorting through an elderly deceased relative's belongings, discovered that many of the original technical drawings and a quantity of watches had survived. This find enabled him to devise a plan to restart the company, marking the return of Aeschbach watches.

* MWC are factory authorised distributors for Aeschbach watches. 

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