A stunning piece of military history from any angle you look at it, this is a 1930’s RELLUM by Joseph Müller/Natalis [La Chaux-de-Fonds].
Big for the period with a 41mm case with elongated fixed lugs, rotating arrow bezel, black dial and cathedral hands, it is wearing a handmade strap made from a vintage ammunition pouch that we think matches the watch very nicely. I have made many photos of this watch, including macro close-up shots to give you the opportunity to enjoy the details of this rare example of military aviation.
As with all military timepieces, nothing has been done to it [other than a light cleaning] to preserve its historic heritage and authenticity. Feel free to contact us for whatever questions you might have.
SOME INTERESTING HISTORICAL FACTS
Following the end of WW1, the Peace Treaty of Versailles in 1919, limited the number of German troops to 100,000 and strictly prohibited Germany from the use of any aircrafts. Even German aircrafts that survived WW1 were dismantled. In the following 15 years and not until the mid to end of the 1930’s there was no German air force. Not even the German police was allowed to have or use aircrafts. German aviators, airmen and hobbyists were restricted to non-mechanical ‘aircrafts’ like non-powered gliders and were to become the base for the air force that was created with the rise of the Third Reich, later known as Luftwaffe. This is important information for watch aficionados like us because it meant that there were literally no military-issued watches in Germany during that important period. Many companies, ranging from the unknown to powerhouses like Omega and Breitling did issue aviator watches but none were military marked. This information and the last two photos in the listing are prints from Konrad Knirim’s invaluable book “Militäruhren”.