A. Lange & Söhne B-Uhr (Beobachtungsuhr) WW2 Luftwaffe Observers Wristwatch c.1942

A. Lange & Söhne B-Uhr (Beobachtungsuhr) WW2 Luftwaffe Observers Wristwatch c.1942

£12,995

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A. Lange & Söhne B-Uhr (Beobachtungsuhr) WW2 Luftwaffe Observers Wristwatch c.1942.

In 1935, with the storm clouds of war gathering over Europe, Adolf Hitler announced his plans to reconstitute Germany’s Air Force and officially created the Luftwaffe.

The German Air Ministry (Reichs-Luftfahrtministerium), which was responsible for aircraft production, began to design a suitable timepiece for its bomber navigators. Pilots required extremely accurate watches for navigational purposes. The watches needed to be precise, robust and easily read. This led to the iconic B-Uhr design being conceived.

The B-Uhr watches were very large in size (55mm) and were made to a standard specification. The movements were uniformly cased in a grey varnished, brass or steel housing with a snap-on back cover. The dial faces were black with large luminous Arabic numerals and minute and second indicators. The hands were coated with radium so the watch would glow in the dark. The outer casing had FL23883 engraved on the left-hand side. FL designated flieger, and 23 identified the watch as a navigation watch.

There were five manufacturers who supplied the B-Uhren. These were A.Lange & Sohne, Wempe, IWC, Laco (Lacher & Co) and Stowa.

The B-Uhr watches were not personally issued to aircrew in the usual sense. Instead, one was supplied to the navigator of the bomber crew before every mission or raid. It would then be returned to the stores following their return.

The Lange & Söhne B-Uhr for sale is in excellent, almost new-like condition and is one of the very best examples you could ever hope to find.

The matt nickeled case is in superb condition with very little wear or tarnishing. Incredibly, the watch is fitted to its original oversized leather strap which is in similar new-like condition.

The watch features the more elaborate Type B dial with an outer ring for minutes/seconds and an inner ring for hours, which began being designed and manufactured in 1942.

It has been examined by The German Watch Museum Glashutte who awarded it with a Certificate of Authenticity, which accompanies the watch.

The Lange & Söhne B-Uhr for sale is in remarkable overall condition and is one of the very best examples you could ever hope to find.
The dial, hands and crown are all correct to the original specification of the watch.
The matt nickeled case is in excellent overall condition with very little wear or tarnishing.
All the correct markings are present on both the outer and inner casing.
The very fine 48.1 calibre movement is in excellent condition and is running well and keeping good time.

The watch is fitted to its original oversized leather strap and comes complete with a free six-month warranty.

Diameter: 55mm (exc crown)