Kienzle Black Face Pocket Watch
This is a nice period Kienzle pocket watch with a nice style black face that gives it a good military look. It shows some light wear but the watch is running and is very usable. I believe it might be a touch slow, I have fiddled with it a bit, but this is the best I could get it without getting too in depth.
This one was probably made right after the war, but it is the same style as war time. Almost nothing changed in the style of these watches from the 30's till well after the war. Kienzle is one of the few actual German-made watches and they were very popular, as they were less expensive than their Swiss made counterparts. This is more of an every mans watch (the period version of Timex).
Note for handling watches:
- Do not shake a watch! If it seems to be sticking rotate it back and forth a bit as if you were turning a knob off and on; this motion works in the same direction as the movement.
- Never fully wind a watch! Wind the watch only until you feel slightly more resistance. If it stops turning you've gone too far. You probably didn't damage it this time, but don't do it again. A better habit is to simply wind it a little bit throughout the day.
- Generally speaking as long as a watch still runs, its probably still good. If a watch is a little slow or fast it can probably be adjusted with little effort. A watch maker can do it quickly with a tool timing tool but it can also be done with trial and error. Very often a small adjustment to the +/- leaver inside the watch will make a big difference to the speed.