Aeschbach WW2 Pattern German Airforce (Luftwaffe) 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, 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. 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 Aeschbach watches.