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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 211

    Tutima. A rare and early nickeled brass pilot’s flyback chronograph wristwatch


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    Tutima. A rare and early nickeled brass pilot’s flyback chronograph wristwatch
    Signed “T” for Tutima, Uhrenfabrik AG Glashütte, no. 211’145, circa 1943
    MOVEMENT: manual, UROFA cal. 59, 17 jewels
    DIAL: black, luminous Arabic numerals and hands, two sunk subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register
    CASE: nickeled brass, stainless steel screw back marked Boden Edelstahl – Wassergeschützt (high quality steel case back, waterproof), brass revolving ribbed bezel with red marker, fixed lug bars, two round brass chronograph buttons in the band, large brass crown, 39 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: dial and case signed, case and movement numbered

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The following two watches, lots 211 and 212, are rare flyback chronographs made by Tutima, the name derived from the Latin adjective “tutus”, meaning “safe” or “protected”. The firm was a brand of Glashütte’s Uhrenfabrik AG (UFAG) and launched the first German two pusher chronograph wristwatch with flyback function in 1941, the movements used the UROFA (Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik Glashütte AG) calibre 59.

    At the end of 1945 production ceased when the manufacture was transferred to Moscow in order to produce chronographs for the Soviet Air Force.

    Examples of Tutima chronograph watches are illustrated in Military Timepieces by Konrad Knirim, pp. 365 - 372, and in Military Wristwatches by Michele Galizia, pp. 132 – 135.

    We are indebted to Konrad Knirim for his valuable assistance in researching these watches.