Original Thiel Wrist Watch


This is a WWII era (1938-1950's) Thiel made wristwatch. It is most likely a war time watch given the style and the fact that Thiel boomed during the 30's and for much of the war. They produced simple, robust, inexpensive watches for the common man. This one has a distinctive case design which I was able to identify in an original photo (the face on the one in the photo is white but the case is the same). They marketed their watches to soldiers and civilians alike. The movement contains no Jewels, so virtually all watch collectors don't care for them but that just means you get a working original watch that you can take out in the field without spending a lot of money.

The case has some wear and the crystal has some light scratches. I have been testing it and it seems to be keeping decent time. It may need some more tinkering to get it just right. Simply remove it from the case, pull out the movement and play with the +/- dial on the one side. A little bit of +/- can go a long way, so take your time to test between small adjustments. You do have to wind it once in the morning and again before bed, just don't over wind it; they like to seize up if there is too much spring tension and it can take a lot of playing to get it going again but once the tension runs itself out they go back to normal. I have one of these in my own reenactment gear. It has been a good watch for me.

Weight with packaging: 0.15 kg  (Make the most of DHL shipping, learn more here.)

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. 

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