Mens Wwii 1942 Laco Durowe Vintage Pilot's German Military Navigation Watch Ww2

Mens Wwii 1942 Laco Durowe Vintage Pilot's German Military Navigation Watch Ww2

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Mens Wwii 1942 Laco Durowe Vintage Pilot's German Military Navigation Watch Ww2:

Laco-Durowe Lacher & Co.

Standardized Navigation der Serie der Reichs-LuftwaffeUNIQUE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF TIMEPIECE

This sale is for a scarce 100% AUTHENTIC example of a men’s 1942 Laco-Durowe Lacher & Co. UHRENFABRIK timepiece. It is a unique, vintage and rare WWII military Reichs-Luftwaffe Pilot’s Navigation wristwatch of German Armed Forces Second World War is of great historical significance, authentic ones are very hard to find. German supplier from the Black Forrest Lacher & Co. (LACO) of Pforzheim produced a navigation wristwatch with a central second hand and a black dial face for the Luftwaffe.

“Das deutsche Volk soll ein Volk von Fliegern warden”.

Hermann Göring, Jagdflieger des 1.Weltkrieges.

“The German people should be a people of aviators”.

Hermann Göring, World War One Fighter Pilot.

The Reichs-Luftfahrtministerium (Reich’s Air Ministry) (RLM) was founded by Hermann Goering who was in control of it. In this way it was not influenced by the more conservative war ministry, which was not loyal to the Nazi leaders, but whose Generals held with the Prussian tradition of loyalty to the state and not to a person.

The navigation wristwatches from IWC, Lange & Soehne, Wempe, Walter Storz (Stowa) and Lacher & Co (Laco) were and are still horological specialties. They were regulated as navigation chronometers and tested, piece-by-piece, by the chronometer department in Gesundbrunnen near Glashuette. The aircraft navigators wore these watches with long leather straps above the sleeve.

by Konrad Knirim (Germany) 'NAWCC Bulletin' Dec. 1996


The company Lacher & Co. – the name Laco deriving from the first syllables - was founded by Frieda Lacher and Ludwig Hummel in Pforzheim in the middle of the 1920s. At the time, Pforzheim's many watch manufacturers used to fit their casings almost exclusively with Swiss mechanisms, either delivered complete, or as individual parts – a considerable saving in customs duties – which could then be finished and re-assembled by the factories themselves.

Frieda Lacher and Ludwig Hummel's young business made a successful start, yet after a few years the founders were to go their separate ways. Hummel continued to manage the greater part of the original company, the Laco watch-making factory. It was Laco-Durowe which developed to become a world-class brand and Pforzheim's main watch producer through the sister company "Lacher & Co.", run by Hummel.

In the 1930s and 1940s the so-called observation watches were an essential part of a pilot’s equipment. This observation watch served as a means of navigation in addition to the cockpit instruments compass and altimeter during the visual flights common at that time with previously fixed routes and turning points. Before the start of a flying squadron the crowns of the watches were pulled out and the watches were set to zero. When the captain gave the order "Start" the crowns were pulled in so that the watches of each pilots were running synchronously. After a certain fixed time an order previously determined could be performed. It was very important that the mechanical watch movements had to be of highest precision. The technical features of these watches were specified by the Reichs-Luftfahrt-Ministerium (ministry for aviation). The shape of the hands , the design of the dial, the typeface and also the dimension of the crown were defined by this ministry.

The number “12” on the dial, marked with an arrow, enabled the pilot to get a fast orientation in each situation, and by means of the disproportional big crown the watch could be handled without having to remove the gloves. In order to ensure that the dial could be read during night the hands and the numbers on the dial were equipped with radium, a radioactive material with high luminosity. These observation watches were classified with “FL23883”, a description for navigation instruments. This number was engraved on the outside of the case, on the opposite side of the crown.

Due to the high standard concerning precision and reliability the production of the observation watches was a great challenge for the watch manufacturers. In the 1930s and 1940s, only five companies were authorized to produce such observation watches: IWC in Schaffhausen, Lange + Söhne in Glashütte, Wempe in Hamburg, and Stowa and Laco (Lacher & Co.) in Pforzheim. From these five companies only two (Lange + Söhne and Laco) used movements of their own production. The other three companies used Swiss movements.

'B'-Uhr (B- watch) is the abbreviation of „Beobachtungsuhr“ (observation watch). These watches were used by the German airforce during World War II.

Upon a decision of the military economics office made in 1940, various manufacturers were obliged to manufacture these watches.

The demands of the aviation ministry of the Reich were high. The “B-watch” was classified “FL 23883”, a number that referred to navigation devices and was stamped on the side opposite to the crown. Every watch had to be tested by an official testing institute and had to be given a movement certificate.

All „B-Watches“ are equipped with a balance wheel stop device, i.e. the balance wheel is stopped when the crown is pulled out to allow for accurate setting to the wireless time signal. When the crown is pressed, the watch starts to run again. The watches were worn above the uniform, and they all had a diameter of 55 mm.

The watch was worn on a strap with double riveting. There was hardly any difference in the outer appearance of the individual types.

The observations watch was manufactured in the three following types:

A.Lange & Söhne, Cal. 48/1 International Watch Co. (IWC), Cal. 52 Wempe, Cal. Thommen 31 STOWA (Walter Storz), Cal. Unitas 2812 LACO (Lacher & Co.), Cal. Durowe D5.

There are 2 usual clockface variants: A from 1940 to January 1941; B from January 1941.

Model A had the classical subdivision indicating the hours from 1 to 11 and a triangle with two dots instead of the 12.

The B-Watch with active luminous substance (radium) on a flat black priming. Very distinguishing was the slip-proof crown which, for its shape, was also named onion crown.

The war ended catastrophically for almost all the Pforzheim manufacturers, including Laco. During a devastating air-raid by the Allies, all the factories were destroyed and more than 80% of the town itself was reduced to rubble. However, the work of rebuilding was to begin soon after the end of the war, and Laco and its sister firm were back in business again by 1949.

Specification for the Production

The navigation wristwatches from IWC, Lange & Söhne, Wempe, Walter Storz and Lancher & Co. were regulated as navigation watches and individually tested for chronometer quality in Gesundbrunnen near Glashütte. Pilots needed wristwatches that could be accurately and instantly read when both hands were being used to pilot the aircraft. Their navigation watch had to be worn on the arm over their flight jackets. Luftwaffe High Command gave exact instructions regarding operating precision and the degree of movement completion required.

Before being delivered, every single watch had to be tested and given operating certification by the German Naval Observatory or some other official test institute. The fine adjustment of every watch had to be conducted in six positions and at three varying temperatures. Only then could the watch achieve ‘special or first class’ rating according to the German Naval Observatory’s test conditions or some other official test institute.

The watch movements were uniformly cased in 55mm diameter, gray varnished, brass or steel housings with snap on back cover. Printed on the inside of the back cover was the type, device and movement numbers, stock no. and the producer’s name. The dial faces were black with large luminous Arabic numerals and minute and second indicators. The hour, minute and second hands were coated with radium. The second hand had a counter weight. All watches also had a central second hand with the drive outside the power flow and a balance stop function for accurate time setting.

Description of the Watch Laco-Durowe Lacher & Co., Pforzheim


Original Laco-Durowe Lacher & Co., Pforzheim movement, caliber D5 by Durowe No. H5300. This watch have the “hack” mechanism to stop the movement while setting by pushing the knob to adjust exactly to a time signal.


Original matt stainless steel casing with engraving FL23883.


Original model B with small hour circle.


Original hour hand, little hand (with luminous fill) and sweeping seconds hand.


New dark brown genuine aviator calfskin strap exactly as original.

I recently acquired this watch and it runs excellent and all functions work perfectly.

Many watches of the Wehrmacht nowadays come from Russia of the millions of German soldiers lost their lives or got in prison there.

Diameter (with 62.00mm Durchmesser mit Krone: 62.00Mm
Diameter (without crown): 55.00mm Durchmesser ohne Krone: 55.00Mm
Watch crystal diameter: 50.00mm Glasdurchmesser: 50.00Mm
Thickness: 20.00mm Höhe mit 20.00Mm

Always an EXTRA FINE watches at a Price!!!

If you like rare, antique, unique and collectible vintage wristwatches or pocket watches (or just enjoy learning about all the different watch makers and models) I suggest you bookmark this page or add me to your "Favorite Sellers" list. I always have beautiful pristine timepieces for sale ending Monday. Now on for 7 Years!Recommendations for the owner of vintage watches:- All Antique watches are mechanical. Many repairs will not be cheap, as most likely they will require replacement of non-standard parts (unlike most late model watches).- Antique watches should not be beaten or dropped - because repairs may be expensive.- Antique watches are generally NOT waterproof. This is because waterproofing was not in general production until the middle of the 20th century for most watches. Therefore you should protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.- If your watch becomes wet it should be dried off quickly. Carefully open all covers and use a hair drier to blow dry the movement, dial, covers, crown. This will reduce the amount of rust.- If your watch becomes wet with any kind of salt water you should immediately immerse or spray your watch with fresh (no-salt) water to remove all the salt from the works before drying the watch completely. Any salt left in the watch will combine with moisture in the air to rust metal components of the movement, case etc.- Winding any mechanical watch tight may break the mainspring. If you can avoid it do not wind the watch hard.- When adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. Counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement.- If you must adjust counter-clockwise make it for small adjustments only (i.e. for minutes, NOT hours).- Be careful and gentle when adjusting the movement speed (faster or slower). Don't make sharp movements, and don't touch other components in the movement especially the pendulum mechanism.- Every 2-3 years it is necessary to service and oil vintage watches.- If the watch is dirty - allow the watch to run down, don't wind it again until you have it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove important lubricants and cause the movement pieces to wear down.- To clean the case, dial and crystal you should use a cloth that does NOT leave fibers as these may get caught up in the movement. Check with your Watch repair expert to get an appropriate cloth.- Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made with iron based components in the movement.- Most Cases and Covers are fine components and will not handle abuse well. The watch should not be shaken, beaten, or stressed.- Antique watches generally experience an error of up to 5-7 minutes a day. Any accuracy of +- 5 minutes is very good.


Buyer must notify me within 24 hrs of sale close as to how and when he or she intends to pay. Winning buyers must fully pay within 7 days of the sale. After 7 days the piece will be relisted and appropriate action taken against the non-paying buyer. I participate in the Non-Paying buyer program. Do not offer if you are not going to pay for your sale.I prefer PAYPAL but another methods are also accepted with prior approval. Please contact me FIRST BEFORE sending a cheque to get full address.Zero response and negative response buyers must first email me BEFORE offerding. All I need is a brief courtesy email telling me who you are and how you would intend to pay if you where successful. I reserve the right to cancel any offers on this sale.


100% satisfaction guarantee for all of my watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch I will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 60 days after the watch has been received. My goal is to exceed my client's expectations throughout the buying experience. I and my team stand behind our products, if for any reason you'll receive your product damaged or in non-functioning condition, please contact us immediately via email BEFORE leaving your response, we'll gladly assist you in any way we can. Your satisfaction is important to me.To be fair to all buyers, I make it my practice never to end an sale early. I prefer not to use buy it now. I have many repeat customers who want my watches just as much as you do. Buy it now will only be considered for a relisted sale.Vintage watches are very delicate and I package to the highest degree to prevent damage.To clarify all my items are Vintage or Antique and as such should Not be expected to be like a New or Quartz watch in any way whatsoever! Please bear in mind that you are buying a used watch and it will require service at some point in time.If you have any questions after reading the description or viewing the pictures please email me PRIOR to offerding. The watch in pictures is the actual watch that You will receive.I want you to feel safe and satisfied with the purchase of your item on .After receiving the returned item, I will make a full refund for your original payment.


International shipments worldwide will sent via International Air Mail fully insured (shipping and handling to all locations in the world is FREE).Items will be shipped to confirmed address on . Please check with if your address is confirmed.Please allow 10 to 14 days for delivery to all locations worldwide.We pack all items well but some antique watches are just not made to travel at today's speed and may need set up and possibly adjustment after shipping and because of that I'm sorry but can not guarantee function or accuracy after shipping.You know that parcels go to Italy very long. Sometimes approx 2-3 weeks, sometimes near month and more. Be ready for these terms.California State residents (and those with shipping addresses in California State) add 8,75% sales tax.Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. Prior to offerding, check your country's customs regulations to determine any additional costs.For all shipments the value of the item will be declared lower than the sale price for custom duties. Also I will mark item as "gift". The taxes should be minimal.Dear buyers, we kindly ask you:Please, do not offer if you are not fully commited to purchase this item!I and my team honor Contracts and expect the same from my clients!THANK YOU FOR LOOKING!


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