Lot 12: Léonidas, RLM-Nav. No. 5278, Case No. 213801, Cal. Val. 22, 38 mm, circa 1935Platinum House
November 10, 2012
Frankurt, GermanyLive Auction
Description: An aviator's rare navigation wristwatch of the Deutsche Luftwaffe Case: steel, screw back with military engraving. Dial: black, luminous Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, 30 min. counter, luminous hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, frosted, gilt, very finely ground chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, Glucydur screw balance, blued balance spring, shock protection for balance. In the 1930s the Ministry of Aviation purchased Swiss watches and provided some of the test pilots of the Rechlin testing grounds with them. This watch is one of these rare pieces. Source: Konrad Knirim, "Militäruhren" Bottrop 2002, p. 358. Detailed description and illustration of this watch in "Militäruhren" by Konrad Knirim, Pomp. Verlag 2002, page 358f.