GLASHÜTTE GENTLEMAN'S AUTOMATIC WRIST WATCH

Offered for sale is a high quality gold plated gentleman's wrist watch manufactured in the early 1990s by the legendary German watchmaking co-operative of Glashütte Uhrenbetriebe (GUB). Before the re-unification of Germany, the Saxony town of Glashütte was within the bounds of the former East German Republic (DDR) and the high quality watchmaking concerns, for which the town had been renowned for more than a century, were part of a state controlled co-operative complete with its own watchmaking academy. At that time they produced high quality timepieces and precision instruments for the military and government departments of all nations in the former Soviet Bloc and the initials 'GUB' became synonymous with accuracy and reliability. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany the watchmaking industry of Glashütte was privatised to re-emerge as several highly respected independent companies,  that now manufacture some of the worlds finest and most expensive timepieces. The original Glashütte name is still used by the biggest of these reincarnations, now part of the international Swatch empire, continuing with the unbroken tradition of the name.

This watch is one of a relatively small batch made in commemoration of the millions of watches made by Glashütte Uhrenbetriebe between 1948 and 1989 with old 'GUB' signature. In all other respects it is a modern stylish watch and it is fitted with a reliable ETA automatic (self winding) movement. The watch was found in Germany and had suffered considerable neglect, with assistance from Derry Clifford of Watchworks, the case has been re-polished, gold plated and fitted with a new hard mineral crystal. The work was carried out to a high standard at considerable expense. Nevertheless, we think that it was well worth it and we are happy to present this watch as a modern collectable reflecting a fascinating watchmaking history and tradition.

Movement: ETA 2824-2, automatic with date and centre seconds, 17 jewels, 25.99 mm diameter. Hand wind and set.
Case: Gold plated cast and machined base metal (copper zinc alloy) with stainless steel snap back.
Face: White enameled face with raised gilded Arabic numerals, gilded hands and signed "GUB Glashütte SA" and "Automatic". The face is protected by a flat hard mineral glass crystal, 29.5 mm diameter.

Mechanical watches make the ideal gift - classic appearance and no battery to fade or fail. They do, however, require cleaning and oiling from time to time by a competent watchmaker and although usually good timekeepers, a mechanical watch needs to be wound regularly and the time will occasionally need to be reset.

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We know that you will be pleased with this watch and we will back our confidence with a 'No Quibble Guarantee' that if you are unhappy with the item for any reason, you may return it to us and, provided we receive it safely back within ten days of purchase, we will refund the price paid in full.

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