Offered for sale is a brand new and unused Gentleman's mechanical Wrist Watch manufactured in the former East German Republic (DDR) during the early part of 1980 to a basic design dating from a much earlier period; this is a typical solid watch from the 'Cold War' era and is believed to be old shop stock that was never sold - there is some deterioration due to storage and it requires a new click spring to be fitted - probably why it was not sold in the 1980s! Otherwise it is in full working order and complete with its original imitation croco-leather arm band that has never been worn.

Mechanical pin pallet movement - UMF 24.00 (10½"'), #UMF 24.00 (10½"'), #1369, silvered brass, no jewels, centre seconds. The UMF Caliber 24 movement was made between 1963 and 1987; over 130 million were produced placing it among the best selling mechanical watch movements ever made and they were used in a wide variety of applications where low cost, simplicity and reliability were major considerations. Crown wind and time set action.

Chromed brass case, 34mm dia., 18mm lugs, stainless steel snap-on back.

Silvered face with applied gilt batons Arabic numerals, gilt hands, domed acrylic crystal.

Note: Requires a new click spring, and there is some loss of varnish to the dial face.

Mechanical watches make the ideal gift - classic appearance and no battery to fade or fail. They do, however, require attention from time to time by a competent watchmaker and although usually good timekeepers, a mechanical watch needs to be wound regularly and carefully. Timekeeping is unlikely to match the exact performance of modern quartz movements but, if properly looked after and regularly serviced, a mechanical watch will still be keeping good time long after its modern counterpart has ceased to function.

This watch was produced by the watchmaking co-operative of the Thuringian town of Ruhla in the former German Democratic Republic before the fall of the 'Iron Curtain' in the early 1990s. The town's watchmaking tradition was founded in 1862 and survived two world wars and occupation by Russia to become one of the main centres for the production of wrist watches in Eastern Europe.

Production of 'low-tech', popular, work-a-day mechanical watches for the masses continued at Ruhla until imports of quartz movements became possible with re-unification of Germany during the early 1990s. Traditional mechanical watches are still made in the former East German factories but today's products include some of the most expensive watches in the world and are aimed at a very wealthy market.

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