WW2 GERMAN SOLDIERS ISSUE SWISS WRISTWATCH BY SILVANA
This is a rare vintage 1939-1944 Swiss made, under military order for Germany, mechanical men’s wrist watch by Silvana. Known as a D-H service wristwatch of the German Army for Wehrmacht officers and soldiers during WWII. All of parts of watch are 100% original with the exception of the leather wristband.
This example has a beautiful original metal chrome case with stainless steel screw-back. Reverse of screw-back impressed with issue number D 326678 H.
This genuine vintage German military Silvana wristwatch from the WWII period is offered in working condition. Constructed as a two pieces case with fixed lugs bars, body with acrylic crystal, original chromium coating, screwed stainless steel back.
Chromium plated original crown, original black dial, military style, marked on face:
The German Army issued wristwatches to their officers of the Deutsches Heer (The German Army). The Letters DH found on the reverse of the case designated that the watch was made in Switzerland under military order for Germany during the WWII.
The German ARMY had watches produced and retailed by companies such as ARSA (Auguste Reimond), Alpina, Mulco, Titus, Minerva, Record, Zenith, Silvana, Helvetia, Longines. And also (mixed up with German): Buren, Doxa, Dogma, Glycine, Gala, Mimo, Phenix, Record watch Co., Recta, Para, Leonidas, Revue, Tritona, Wagner, B.W.C., Grana, Helios, Moeris, Helma, Siegerin, Vogele, Zentra, Laco, Stowa ,Wempe, IWC, A. Lange & Sohne, Hanhart, Glashutte.
The pocket as well as the wristwatch had screwed backs and were shock resistant. The dial was black with a small second hand with radium digits and hands. The back was marked "D.H." (Deutsches Heer), with the case number. The watches were partly deployed and written into the soldier's book, and also sold to army staff. It is not entirely clear what D H stands for. Some writers suggest the D stands for Deutsches (Germany) and the H for Heer (Army). Some prefer the interpretation given by Konrad Knirim (http://www.knirim.de/english.htm), who has written that the D stands for Dienstuhr (Service Watch) and the H = Heer (Army). However, it is not entirely clear that DH watches were originally intended for the Army alone, given documented instances where the service record books of members of the Luftwaffe (Air Force) have been found with DH watch serial numbers written as issued to these troops. In addition to watches marked with DH, there are some identical watches with only the letter D in front of the serial number and no H after the number. Collectors speculate that these D only watches were for the Luftwaffe. Others speculate that these watches were used by Para-military personnel such as those working in railroads.