1. Cold-War-Charlie

    Cold-War-Charlie Von Trabi Forum Donor

    I have started collecting DDR Watches (Made and mass produced by Ruhla and have Made in the GDR on the dials) and wondered if anyone else had any. The hardest to obtain seem to be the Military ones of which I have 2. I have put some pics of my better ones below. (I snuck one of my Russian watches in)

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  2. Justin

    Justin Owner Administrator

    That's a pretty cool collection you have there.
  3. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Loyal Comrade

    I tried looking for East German watches on Ebay but turned up little. Was Ruhla the only watch maker in the DDR? Maybe I should have been using that keyword.
  4. Cold-War-Charlie

    Cold-War-Charlie Von Trabi Forum Donor

    Another prominent DDR watch company was Glasshutte. Ruhla also exported lots of its watches under different names they were apparently popular in west Germany.

    These are the watches to find though.

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  5. Thinsid

    Thinsid Loyal Comrade

    Try UK Ebay, some Ruhlas there listed under "Ruhla Watches". The search "east german watches" turns up very few entries. Hope this is of use!
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  8. Cold-War-Charlie

    Cold-War-Charlie Von Trabi Forum Donor

    Its a good source of information
  9. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Loyal Comrade

    I got a watch similiar to this one I bought at a flea market in Italy in 2000. I'm not sure where it was made.

    I tried to wear it but the stretchable metal band was very uncomortable and pinched my wrist. Maybe I just need to get a leather band for it. I think it's in my junk drawer in my bedroom. I'll try to dig it out and post a pic.

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  10. Cold-War-Charlie

    Cold-War-Charlie Von Trabi Forum Donor

    That's the jump watch and worth about £150
  11. Thinsid

    Thinsid Loyal Comrade

    As Check Point Charlie says, it's a "Jump" which carries the "MADE IN GDR" logo - GDR being German Democratic Republic IE East Germany. Is yours red as well? All the illustrations I've seen show blue ones!
    As far as I am aware, the metal band type straps can be adjusted by fitting OR removing the links. IF yours is pinching you might need to add a few, Check the strap for thin metal pins running through the links although if its grubby enough you might need to give it a wipe with a moist (NOT wet!) cotton towel. If you find the pins it's adjustable, so a good watchmaker should be able to find similar if not period links.
  12. turbofiat124

    turbofiat124 Loyal Comrade

    I found the watch. It's made by a company called Oasis. I think it's made in China. Still cool though.

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  13. Cold-War-Charlie

    Cold-War-Charlie Von Trabi Forum Donor

    The Jump watch is very collectible and was also known as Digital (For some reason)
  14. Keri

    Keri Leader

    I saw а Vostok Komandirskie paratrooper watch like that one once....
    I have 2 Vostoks... A "Scuba Dude" Amfibian for swimming and a mini Komandirskie.

    It's not DDR but...
    Mostly I wear an 80s vintage Zaria because:
    I prefer wind-up watches
    I like the color
    It's easy to see, especially when driving to work in a Trabi at 5am...
    And I can fix it!


    Vostok Komandirskie = Восток Командирские
    Восток = East
    Командирские = Commander

    Zaria = ЗАРЯ

    Заря = dawn
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013
  15. JASONCHAD

    JASONCHAD Trabi Meister Forum Donor

  16. trabant601

    trabant601 Loyal Comrade

    Great pics. I will pic of my two Ruhla watches with the clock. I really like your collection. Cool!
  17. Thinsid

    Thinsid Loyal Comrade

    RE Watches:

    I have just bought a waving Mao Chinese watch for £10, working intermittently. Have looked at them on Ebay and the cheapest identical one is the equivalent of £12-84 (Excluding Post/Packing!) Which a) Doesn't work AND b) doesn't have a strap!
    Am I up on the deal if I get it cleaned/serviced by a professional watchmaker??
  18. Keri

    Keri Leader

    "up on the deal"?
    Are you buying a watch as an investment, that is to say, a gamble. Then, no. It hardly seems worthwhile.

    Or are you buying a watch because you would like to see comrade Mao waving at you?
    In this case, it's a great deal!
  19. Thinsid

    Thinsid Loyal Comrade

    Greetings!
    The Short answer is "Both"!
    Obviously I like the watch (the primary reason for purchase), but it is reassuring to know that it might be an appreciating asset if it's fully functional.
  20. Keri

    Keri Leader

    Wear Fine Socialist Watches and make a Statement! :) *

    For the same best reason to enjoy your Trabant, treasure them for their true value, as socially responsible timepieces and not for mere filthy stinking money.




    *- sample statement : Workers Of All Lands Unite!
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