Wempe World War II Luftwaffe Beobachtungsuhr Pilot's Wrist Watch Vintage Circa 1941
£5,950 | $9,950 USD | €7,170 EUR
This antique is FOR SALE and available to purchase from AC Silver
An authentic vintage World War II Luftwaffe Beobachtungsuhr (B-Uhr) pilot's* wrist watch; part of our pre-owned and vintage watch collections
This fine vintage Wempe pilot's watch has the distinctive B-Uhr, Baumuster A dial** which displays the unique triangle mark flanked by two
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The large circular matte black dial displays clear luminescent Arabic numeral hour markers with large hour baton makers, separated by smaller seconds markers.
The 'clean' dial was restricted to essential time-keeping information only, exempting any additional markings or logos which could detract from an accurate, 'quick glance' time log.
This military watch also displays bold luminescent tempered blued steel alpha hands with a plain seconds hand.
The watch is fitted with a large onion-style crown / winder***.
This vintage WWII watch is fitted with an old replacement leather strap with a conventional buckle.
The 55mm watch case has the large military style horn lugs and is clearly factory stamped to the side with Fl23883.
Only five manufacturers were commissioned to make watches for the German Luftwaffe (A. Lange & Söhne, Laco (Lacher & Co), Stowa (Walter Storz), Wempe (Chronometerwerke Hamburg) and IWC), and this version is fitted with the manual wind, Wempe Thommenb ca. 31 movement.
This authentic Wempe watch is NOT old factory stock.
* Issued by the German Air Ministry (Reich-Luftfahrministerium - RLM) during WWII to air crew.
** This "first pattern" dial used from 1940 - 41, was designed for easy upward orientation of the watch (via the triangle) during a night time flight.
*** The large crown was easier for pilots to grasp quickly when synchronising watches, especially when wearing gloves.
**** Fl 23883 - the first 2 numbers identify roles: 22 = air traffic controllers, 23 = bomber plane navigators / pilots, 25 = radio-surveillance / radar technicians.
Origin: Hamburg, Germany
Date: Circa 1941
This vintage WWII Luftwaffe wrist watch is in very good condition in keeping with age.
The movement has been professionally cleaned and serviced, and is in full working order.
If necessary AC Silver is happy to assist you with any repair query in the future.
Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this timepiece.
The images do not reflect the true colours of this watch. The video however provides a more accurate reproduction of the actual colours.
Length lug to lug 65mm / 2.6"
Diameter across bezel 55mm / 2.1"
Diameter across glass 51mm / 2"
To view a video of this item, please note the SKU reference number (7087) which you can enter in to the search facility at www.acsilver.co.uk
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