Rare German UMF Rhula Mechanical Gentleman's Watch
A really attractive cold war era watch by UMF in excellent condition, keeping time and running strongly. Cream Dial with stylised numerals and batons - Sweep Seconds . Fitted with a new Leather Strap.
When the Soviet Union took over Eastern Europe, Thiel became an instrument of the communist state and renamed VEB Clock and Engine works Ruhla. Later the works became the Uhren und Maschinenfabrik Ruhla – hence UMF seen on earlier watch dials.
Ruhla continued to develop and manufacture a range of timekeeping instruments including wristwatches, electrical clocks, automatic controllers, chess clocks as well as heavier machinery such as milling machines.
It later moved into electro-mechanical watches, precursors for quartz pieces that started to be made in the 1970s.
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