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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 401

    Stowa. A stainless steel oversized aviator's navigation wristwatch with indirect sweep centre seconds, hack feature and black dial

    SIGNED STOWA, WALTER STORZ, PFORZHEIM, NO. 6148, CIRCA 1940

    Price Realised  

    Stowa. A stainless steel oversized aviator's navigation wristwatch with indirect sweep centre seconds, hack feature and black dial
    Signed Stowa, Walter Storz, Pforzheim, No. 6148, circa 1940
    With nickel-finished lever movement, 22 jewels, large bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, the black matte dial with luminous Arabic five minute divisions, luminous hands, inner ring calibrated for 12 hours, luminous sweep centre seconds hand, in oversized circular case with engraved Fl. 23833 to the band, snap on back with military markings to the inside and 6148 to the outside, large crown, downturned lugs, fixed bars, case and movement signed
    55 mm. diam.


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

    For a detailed note on such aviator's watches see lot 399 in this auction.

    The models are described and illustrated in Military Timepieces by Konrad Knirim, pp. 344 - 351.