MfG, RomanKM/WWW/Mk.11/666/3508/9239/322712/811/3531/5442/5448/PD etc.
Time is something invented by the Swiss to help sell more watches
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alwaysiwc Wrote:Hi Bendy,The small differences you noted between the outlay of the dials is an example of how IWC introduced a new watch or model. There are also in older PW dials probably more than 100 variations in numerals, hands, rail road tracks etc.For example, a few differences that you did not mention between the 2 watches posted by Ralph Ehrismann : The printing of "K.M." is different. The way the numerals 9, 8, 5, 3, 2, have been printed is different. These small differences are extremely important if you want to verify whether an IWC Deck Watch is genuine or not. The examples described in the books written by Tölke and King and by Reinard Meis can be considered as the true original watches.Kind regards,Adrian.(alwaysiwc).
alwaysiwc Wrote:Hi Ralph,Maybe I am wrong in viewing these watches but I guess the left one does not have a dial with "patina" but the dial is covered with a soft-green substance : zinc-sulphide (ZnS). This substance was applied to make the watch : "glowing in the dark". This Kriegsmarine (KM) watch was present at the German submarines during W.W. II. Unlike many collectors think, the green covering of the dial is not radioactive. I measured this, by using extremely sensitive Geiger counters and I wrote an article about it. The greenish dial will light up if normal white light or ultraviolet light is shed upon it. The German submarines (U-Boote) had an uv-light source on board. This was switched on for a few seconds. As a result the dial started to glow , but extincted about 30 seconds later. Enough time to read the exact time. And the exact time was crucial for correct navigation.Kind regards,Adrian,(alwaysiwc).
afx20000 Wrote:Hello collectors!My name is Florian and this is my first post here. Although I am specialized in collecting and restoring German ships clocks from WW1 and WW2 - currently I am working on a reference book about these rare timepieces from 1871-1945 - I also started collecting Kriegsmarine pocket watches some years ago. Here my new addition - a KM IWC. But until now I did not make it getting an original enamel version :-(Regards, FlorianPS: Not sure about posting a picture of the eagle/swastika on the back...