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Posted 3 years ago

peckhamrye
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Heres our U Boat Clock... bit different from many of the others out there as this has no right hand face N/O reference numbers, the N/O generalyl for North or South Atlantic designation.

I've read around the subject and found from one web site that clocks without the reference are rare, and were used by head office, for want of better words.

The provenance of the clock is: we picked it up in a watchmakers near the black sea, it was given by a german to a partisan as a trade for food and free passage during the retreat.

Amazingly it had the original key with it... needed a bit of work to the mechanism mind you as it hadnt been touched since the war... so the clock spent four months at a watch maker here in London.. and now it works like new, ticking away nicely on an 8 day movement... there was, so I was told a pivot screw needing attention...

Its a very heavy clock.. I don't think my walls at home will take the weight... tick is nice and the air tight cover still functions.

These were painted black but theres only traces of that now...

We are thinking about restoring it, but somehow I don't really feel this needs to be museum quality.. I like it just how it is...

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  1. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
    That's a great clock. Roughly how big is it?
    I like the age on it too....I would leave it as is.
  2. peckhamrye peckhamrye, 3 years ago
    Hi race4four... the clock measures (at base about 68cms), theres three securing lugs as well, which adds about 2cms... depth is about 10cms... so pretty big... we're going to leave it as it is... its so cool.. I found one on a website here in the UK..

    http://www.ulricofengland.com/prodshow/Kriegsmarine_Kieninger___Obergfell_ships_clock/g090512.html

    Says without serial numbers are rare.... what a lucky find, Im really pleased with this....

    Thank you for commenting.

    All the best

    Peckham Rye
  3. inky inky, 3 years ago
    What a great find..would love that on my wall, even if I had to reinforce it...love it!! ....:-)
  4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 3 years ago
    For what it may be worth, I agree with racer4four, I would leave the clock's finish as is. Maybe apply a good wax to it is all that I would do. Thanks for sharing!
  5. peckhamrye peckhamrye, 3 years ago
    thanks for all the comments, and agree it will stay just as it is...
  6. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 2 years ago
    Hi
    I like your clock but are you sure that there is no serials in movement backplate?
    Never heard Germany clocks without serials except very old ones. Can you take photo from movement, it is GB or Junghans made?
  7. peckhamrye peckhamrye, 2 years ago
    Hi Joe, Just posted an answer up.. maybe it will show up as a new post today.. any other questions please let me know.

    All the best

    Peckham Rye
  8. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 2 years ago
    Hi
    Didn't find your post, yet. Why they(Germans) use these clocks in headquarters? I believe that in headquarters wall is wall clock no submarine clock.
    If serial is not backplate then it is frontplate.
    There is lot interesting story's with items. But some these story's are salesman's sales pitch. Never heard also that partisans let Germans retreat peacefully and give food from clock. :)
    No offense but great clock and even greater story.
  9. peckhamrye peckhamrye, 2 years ago
    Hi

    Thanks Joe, got this from a regular source etc... so pretty much on the ball with the background info.

    My view on the difference in clocks... well I cant say more than appears on that link, I found though a site in the USA that confirms they are super rare.

    Be one for me to hang on to... it keeps amazing time.

    all the best

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