German case markings info please

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    German case markings info please

    Hi all
    I have a German vintage Aster watch and it's the marks on the screw in back I'm inquiring about . There are the usual words Steel back and Waterproof in German but, appear to be cast in not stamped or etched, they're very deep and clear and, are written across not in a circle. Underneath, are the upper case letters D. and U, 2mm high, very deep and Gothic. Anyone have a clue what this stands for. Depleted Uranium maybe. Did they mark watches like this?. It's not an owner's initials because it's a factory stamp, not after sale. Advise please.:thanks

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    Re: German case markings info please

    Generally speaking, DU implies German wartime issue. See:

    http://reviews.ebay.com/WWII-German-military-issue-service-watches_W0QQugidZ10000000004657856

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    http://www.sfu.ca/~mmh/GermanX.htm

    But these markings were applied to Swiss watches - not German watches. Mikrolisk suggests that Aster would be a Swiss watch:

    http://www.mikrolisk.de/show.php/280/letter_A

    and Aster is listed in the 2nd link above.

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    Re: German case markings info please

    Thanks very much Marrick
    I was confused by German on the back, It is Swiss, A. S. 1130 movement. Watch is identical to that on www.sfu.ca. One with heavy back stampings and fixed lugs. Mine has serial 1842213 might chase that up now. Cheers.

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    Re: German case markings info please

    Excellent reply as usual Marrick. I am positive this forum is the most helpful for the widest range of vintage watch categories on the entire web.
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    Re: German case markings info please

    Thank you Erik. I agree, this forum has some superb members - including you - who are happy to share their knowledge, and opinions, with others. I've learned a lot in here.
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