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Hey guys,

Picked this up today, I know that these were used by German observers and made by Laco, but can anyone offer me any info on what some of the numbers mean? Can an exact date of manufacture be established, etc. I believe it has the original band, am I correct? It's oversized like it should be.

Are "appraisals" allowed on this forum, if so, can anyone post a value?

Any input is appreciated!

Thanks a lot guys! Reagan
 

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The H number is the production number. Your is quite early, I would say late -42 or early -43.
The FL number is the Air Ministry specification number.
Correst original strap, Dial, hands.
In short, everything looks correct and original.
The movement needs a professional cleaning, it looks a little bit dirty, and slightly oxydised.

The watch looks to be in a remarkably good condition.

Value? If you read the sticky in the Vintages forum, it will explain why it is not possible to give a reliable value.

How and where did you get this sought after and historic piece?

Just a tiny, unimportant correction:
I would say it was used by the Navigators, not the Observers.
 

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Janne,

thanks for the info!

I was able to purchase this from an older gentlemen who brought it over from Germany in the 60's. He imported antique clocks from Europe, and this was one of the few watches he ever sent over. I bought some clocks from him, and this was in the deal.

Thanks, Reagan
 

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Well, I think you know the value is a couple of K's?

If you plan to keep it, I recommend that the luminous substance (Radium) on the dials is stabilised or removed. It turns to powder, and the powder can make it's way into the movement.
Also, th movement should look much, much nicer.
Do not forget that this is a chronometer grade movement, better than the COSC criteria.

this is how mine looked like before the service etc done by Laco in Germany.


 

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No problem!
Mine is number 16 013, made in late -44.

What do you plan to do with yours?
 

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I am not sure what I will do with it...

Unfortunately it is WAY to big for my taste and small wrist, so I would never wear it... right now I am considering selling or trading it since it does not fit in the collection well. BUT, I would hate selling it because of the history behind it... tough choice :think:

Reagan
 

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Just a tiny, unimportant correction:
I would say it was used by the Navigators, not the Observers.
Just a tiny, unimportant correction:
You have to learn a little German "beobachtung" means observeing

The little knowledge I have about this watch suggests that the users made observations that were later used on bombingraids


There has recently sold one of the same type / year maker brand "stowa" whit the Price 5550 €
 

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Dear new member

I had to edit your post. Pls. make sure to post quotes in a correct way. TIA.
 
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