1943 Laco B Uhr

$11,995.00

German Luftwaffe Messerschmitt BE109 WW2 pilot wristwatch. Cal D5, 18 Jewels, Blued Breguet Hairspring, Manual Winding.

Commissioned by the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) in the early 1940s, these oversized pilot watches were designed to meet the demanding requirements of wartime aviation.

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A Legacy of Precision: The Laco B-Uhr

The Laco B-Uhr, also known as the Beobachtungsuhr (German for “observation watch”), is a legendary timepiece steeped in military history. Commissioned by the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) in the early 1940s, these oversized pilot watches were designed to meet the demanding requirements of wartime aviation. Known for their exceptional legibility, accuracy, and durability, the B-Uhr became an indispensable tool for navigators and pilots during World War II.

Engineering for Extreme Conditions

The B-Uhr was a masterpiece of German engineering, built to withstand the harsh conditions of aerial combat. Its large 55mm case housed a reliable, high-precision movement that was protected from magnetic interference. The watch featured a black dial with large, luminous numerals and hands, ensuring optimal readability even in low-light environments. Its oversized crown allowed for easy operation while wearing gloves, a crucial consideration for pilots in unheated cockpits.

Key features of the Laco B-Uhr

  • Oversized 55mm case
  • High-precision movement with anti-magnetic properties
  • Black dial with luminous numerals and hands
  • Oversized crown for easy operation
  • Durable original band has been shortened.

A Tool of War and a Collector’s Treasure

The Laco B-Uhr served as an essential navigational instrument for Luftwaffe crews, helping them to coordinate missions, calculate flight times, and maintain precise timing during bombing runs. While their primary purpose was utilitarian, the B-Uhr’s distinctive design and historical significance have made them highly sought-after collector’s items today. Original wartime examples command high prices, while modern reissues continue to honor the watch’s legacy with faithful recreations.

A Timeless Tribute to Aviation History

The Laco B-Uhr represents a unique chapter in horological history, embodying the ingenuity and craftsmanship of wartime Germany. Its association with the Luftwaffe and its role in World War II have cemented its status as a symbol of aviation history. Whether viewed as a functional tool, a historical artifact, or a fashion statement, the B-Uhr continues to captivate watch enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Year

1943

Location

Perth, Australia

Era

WW2

Brand

Laco

Model

Beobachtungsuhr

Dial

Black

Size

55mm

Country

Germany

Military Grouping

Luftwaffe