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German Airforce Watches

Luftwaffe Tutima Pilots Chronograph

The Tutima Flieger Chronograph was a high quality chronograph wrist watch that was developed in 1939. However it was not until 1941 that the watch was available for sale either individually to pilots or to the German Air Ministry, and then supplied to the German Airforce (Luftwaffe).

The watch had a nickel plated case and ribbed moveable bezel, with two subsidiary counters on the dial at the 9 o’clock & 3 o’clock positions.

There are at least 3 distinct production patterns produced during the WW2, in respect of movement quality.

Also the factory was dismantled overnight at the end of the WW2 and shipped back to Russia for further production.

Price Paid : £600 – £1200+
Hanhart WW2 Luftwaffe Pilot Watch

The Hanhart chronograph was deemed a less complicated watch than the Tutima equivalent, however it was still a high quality watch that was used by the members of the Heer (Army), Kriegsmarine (Navy) and Luftwaffe (Airforce).

Very similar to the Tutima in dial layout, there were minor variations relating to whether the watch had one or two pushers, or a moveable bezel or not.

Price Paid: £500 – £1000+
Lange & Sohne Luftwaffe Observers Watch

Observers in aircraft required a highly reliable as well as easily readable timepiece, therefore from approximately 1941 a standardised design was manufactured. These watches were very large even by the standard of today. The case was 55mm and came complete with a long brown leather strap suitable for securing over a flight suit.

A number of other manufacturers supplied these watches, including IWC, Laco-Durowe, Stowa and Wempe.

Price Paid: £800+