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    Default WW2 German U-Boat clock

    Have any of you seen that movie Das Boot about a German U-Boat the part of the movie were they go deeper to escape being blown up by death charges bolt's are popping because of the depth then that U-Boat clock crystal shatters. Not a lot of these survived the war the Allies were good at sinking them since we broke there codes need to see that movie about the code braker's one of these days. Well I just picked this up being ex Navy I collect nautical clocks now and then I have a lot of US Navy clocks they were easy to find and cheap in price compared to this one supply and demand since there few of them I paid some for this baby. This was made for the German Navy then called the Kriegsmarine could of come off a surface ship or a U-Boat it was made around 1939 by a company called Kieninger & Obergfell they made anniversary clocks before the war. The movement a eight day wind. The N under the number stands for the North sea fleet and the M under the bird some I know don't like is for Navy or Kriegsmarine this one is what I call museum quality. Now I need a WW2 British Navy ships clock next.




    Most you don't see the black paint still on from what I read from the net the ones with black paint most likely came off a U-Boat.
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    One thing I learned about this clock it has a Maltese cross controlling power in the mainspring were it gives the same amount of power to keep the time keeping constant with out that Maltese cross the clock would run more than 2 weeks instead of 8 days and time keeping wouldn't be any good . A link about how the Maltese cross works with a movie diagram that shows moving parts cool. It's also called Geneva drive. Wondered why it took less winds when I wind the clock.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_drive
    Now is any one going to comment on this I must not be the only military collector in the forum.
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    it is a very handsome looking clock I must say... was it standard for U-Boats? or a standard for all German Navy then?
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    Standard for most ships of the German Navy. I read that a U-boat had about 6 clocks aboard.

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    Mike, congrats again to your new clock! I like the way you display it! It did a good job all the years in my office. I will have another one for sale very soon. Regards, Florian

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    Quote Originally Posted by afx20000 View Post
    Mike, congrats again to your new clock! I like the way you display it! It did a good job all the years in my office. I will have another one for sale very soon. Regards, Florian
    Welcome to the forum. Florian can you please post some of your clocks out of your collection the one's you won't let go of would be great to see.

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    Untill he does, here's mine ;-)



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    I am told there is a few more of these in the central belt here in Scotland. Because when the Uboats were blown up in the Clyde and Forth area one bottle of whiskey got you the flag, two the clock.

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    Collectors, here is another one with the letter "N" for "Nordsee" underneath the navy number which I am thinking about to sell.

    Regards, Florian


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    I have one of these how would I go about selling it please

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