Original Thiel Wristwatch Black Face Second Dial
Original WWII-era Thiel men's wristwatch. It is in working order, although the face is a little dirty (it could be light corrosion). It seems to be keeping good time. The band is original deadstock from the 1930's. This has a great style face with the seconds dial at 6 and in black. It has a distinctive military style.
Thiel is one of the few actual German watch companies. They manufactured watches for the every man with a focus on simple, relatively inexpensive, robust watches. The company also manufactured a number of clockwork detonators and some aircraft clocks. They advertised heavily towards servicemen. In short, If you want to wear the kind of watch that was most likely to be worn by a German soldier, this is it.
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 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.