Offered for sale is a solidly made 15 jewel mechanical Wrist Watch manufactured in the former East German Republic (DDR) by UMF/Ruhla for use by personnel on active service with that nation's armed forces (Nationale Volksarmee) during the Cold war era. This is a collectible or investment historical timepiece that is in working order and it would be ideal as an accessory for period re-enactments, plays and film work. Service number: 37/268/0004.

UMF 10½"'movement with 15 jewels, temperature adjusted balance, sub seconds at the 6, serial (or date) number: 187.

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

Black face with white Arabic numerals, luminous dot markers and luminous hands.

A very good timekeeper. This has been confirmed as an East German military watch. The case back is signed: 1st Quality - (1 in triangle) 37/268/0004

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 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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