Dekla Military Vintage

SKU: DK-021

Manual winding pilot's watch with flame blued hands - 40 mm
• Watch diameter (mm): 40.0
• Watch height (mm): 8.9
• Lug width (mm): 20
• Lug to lug (mm): 48.6
• Water resistance: 50 meters
• Case back: Transparent
• Case finish: Polished / Brushed
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Dial color: Ruthenium
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Seconds hand: Flame blued
• Movement: Manual mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Strap or bracelet: Strap
• Warranty service: RGM or Dekla

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WatchBuys Direct Price: $1,180.00
Availability:  In Stock - Ships Immediately

Condition:  This watch is brand new and unworn

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Dekla Military Vintage
Dekla Military Vintage

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Product Details

A Vintage Look

The Dekla Military Vintage series is inspired by historic watches utilized by the German military in the early 20th century.  The oversized numerals, outer railroad track, and cut-out constant seconds subdial come together for a look that is truly vintage.  The sterling silver ruthenium dial and flame blued hands complete the classic design.

Additionally, the Dekla Military Vintage features a highly decorated manually wound movement visible through the sapphire case back.  This watch is powered by the famed Unitas 6498-1, a pocket watch movement configured for a wristwatch.  The robust Unitas 6498-1 is a manually winding workhorse featured in a wide variety of mechanical watches due to its simple layout and reliability.

Dekla is a German watch manufacture based in Stuttgart.  They specialize in the the building of watch cases, certain movement parts, watch dials, and the production of hands - all in-house.  Their engineering capabilities and hands-on approach allow them to produce watches with a remarkable attention to detail. 

Historic Design

Traditional German military watch designs can be traced back to World War II.  For example, the Luftwaffe implemented strict guidelines for clocks and wristwatches designated for cockpit use, the most important being legibility.  Dark dials were imperative to combat glare from the sun and clouds.  Luminescent paint was added to the numerals, hands, and markers and allowed for legibility at night as well.  

One of the more prevalent dial designs of the time featured oversized hour numerals and a constant seconds subdial at 6.  This feature was taken directly from the popular pocket watches of the day. 

Military watches often utilized a crown with deep ridges to allow for winding while wearing thick leather gloves and the leather straps were often extra long to accommodate a pilot's jacket underneath.

Important features of this watch include:

  • Unitas 6498-1 manually winding movement
  • Decorated with Côtes de Genève
  • Heat blued screws
  • Slightly domed sapphire crystal with interior AR coating
  • Transparent sapphire case back
  • Flame-blued hands made in-house
  • Sterling silver 925 ruthenium dial made in-house
  • Hand polished and brushed steel case made in-house
  • Water resistant to 50 meters

This watch is fitted with a brown leather Dekla strap with brown stitching.

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