Dekla Military Vintage Old Radium

SKU: DK-020

Watch Brand: Dekla

Dekla North America

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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Dekla Military Vintage Old Radium
Dekla Military Vintage Old Radium

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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 Old Radium 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. 

Radium paint was used to add luminescence to the numerals, hands, and markers and allowed for legibility at night as well.  This watch features old radium SuperLuminova.

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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Made in Germany
Dekla German watches are an "insiders brand", known by those in the watch industry for manufacturing outstanding cases at their production facilities in Ulm, Germany, as well as dials and hands in Stuttgart, Germany.

Until now, the company has largely been known as a manufacturer of watch components for other (primarily German) watch companies, but now is concentrating on their in-house Dekla brand.

Welcome to Dekla German Watches.

In House

Dekla has an interesting background, and quality (or lack thereof) really put things in motion.

The company founders have been involved in watch manufacturing for many years, but when they first started to create and design their watches they purchased cases from a case manufacturer.

Things did not go well - when those cases arrived, the quality did not meet expectations and the company rejected all pieces.  And from that point forward their mission changed.

First, Dekla switched to in-house case production to meet their quality standards.  Next, dial and hand production moved in-house, and so continued a long path towards "German products made by us".

Watch Cases and Parts

We applaud both the attitude and initiative to take over in-house production, and over the years Dekla has continued to expand their manufacturing expertise.

Today Dekla operates a comprehensive machine tool fleet, including three milling machines used for:
  • Rough shaping
  • Manufacture of watch cases
  • Production of small watch parts
Dekla also operates a wire EDM (electro-erosion discharge machine), which is critical to the production of small watch parts.  Lathes and engraving machines complete the production process.

Finally, the company has developed hardened watch cases called 6Steel which use the Kolsterising® process to harden their 316L stainless steel to 1,300 Vickers, more than six times the hardness of a standard watch case.

These hardened 6Steel cases offer superior resistance to scratches, abrasions and nicks.

6Steel Hardened Steel

Watch Dials

Watch dial manufacturing in Germany can be considered a real art, as the process requires a meticulous attention to detail.  For this reason, few German watch companies manufacture their own dials but instead purchase those dials from others.

To make a great watch dial, you must first master the art of pad printing.  The principle of pad printing was invented in Switzerland and involves the application of an image using an elastic pad or roller, and this technology is used by all leading German watch manufacturers.

Dekla manufactures watch dials using pad printing with precision equipment designed for use in the watch industry.  Because this production is not outsourced, all watch dials meet the rigid requirements set by Dekla.

Watch Hands

Watch hands are another component of mechanical watches that are typically outsourced to other companies.

And unfortunately, many times the path of least expense is chosen - purchasing "stained" watch hands which are cheap to manufacture, do not hold up well over time, and are produced in mass quantities overseas.

Dekla has chosen a different approach that is consistent with their other in-house production methods - don't outsource the hands.

The company operates the necessary machinery to produce the punching dies to produce custom watch hands.  The manufacture of watch hands in Germany is a special process that involves a creative approach and the use of the highest quality raw materials.

Renowned German watch hand manufacturers, including Dekla, use the technology of thermal bluing during production.  In addition to the thermal bluing of watch hands, Dekla can produce watch hands from precious metals.

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