Selza WW2 Pattern German Navy (Kriegsmarine) 17 Jewel Hand Wound Military Pocket Watch
Military pocket watches along with their civilian equivalents are seeing a huge increase in popularity. Historically they were often employed for both land-based 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 wristwatches at the time were usually very small and hard to read with an average diameter of just 32mmhence the pocket watches large size of close to 50mm meant that the time could be seen much more easily.
This classic WW2 pattern Selza* military watch with a small subsidiary dial second hand is based on the typical designs used by the German Kriegsmarine (German Navy) during World War II, one feature which was common to all of the watches made for this branch of the German forces is that they tended to have the initials K.M on the dial which is short for Kriegsmarine and also had light colored dials in either cream or white as opposed to black which was used for other branches of the German forces. This watch is closely based on one of Selza'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 but has been upgraded to a more scratch-resistant glass crystal as opposed to the plastic acrylic crystals which were used on the original watches, the watch retains a traditional 17 jewel hand-winding mechanical movement.
In WW2 Selza along with Siegerin were two of the leading manufacturers of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) they also produced watches for the Luftwaffe and the Wehrmacht. Most of the German military pocket watches during the war were fairly similar and shared much the same case design and general appearance. There was a large range of manufacturers of which Siegerin and Selza are just two but many of the other manufacturers are now defunct.
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 a subsidiary dial second-hand. The watch also has a hacking feature for synchronization or to enable you to stop the watch if needed.
- 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
* MWC are factory-authorised distributors for Selza watches.