MIMO DH Dienstuhr Wehrmacht WWII - it all started with this watch
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    MIMO DH Dienstuhr Wehrmacht WWII - it all started with this watch

    Hello,

    a few years ago I got this military watch from the german Wehrmacht. It was used in the WWII time as ordonance watch.

    Mimo was a brand mark of Otto Graef, who took over Girard Peregaux in 1928. Mimo was used further on as the brand for export - just for your info.

    A Dienstuhr - Ordonance Watch - was given to soldiers, who needed to have a timekeeper, e.g. Seargants, Platoon Leaders, Artillery, wrench officers and many more. This watches were registered in the "Wehrpass" - the military ID or military service book. As far as i remember the price to buy out a watch like this was 80 reichsmark.

    The officers of the Wehrmacht were "Selbsteinkleider", that means they had to buy there equipment themselves, they liked tailor-made uniforms and watches like Longines, Rolex, ... mostly without D H markings. Exceptions were the pilots, they got the hanhart or the tutima chronographes as well as loads of champagne, cognac, women, ... the elite.

    Mimo, Swiss Made
    Case and Back made of Steel
    35 mm without crown
    AS 1130 - the so called "Wehrmachtswerk" - legendary and durable - my favorite movement
    13''', Inca Bloc, srewed balance wheel, sub second

    Markings
    D .... H for Dienstuhr Heer
    Stahlboden (Steelback)
    Wasserdicht (Waterproof)

    It started all with this watch, which is still after 70 years in regular use. The movement makes plus 30 seconds a week.

    Greetings Felix
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    Re: MIMO DH Dienstuhr Wehrmacht WWII - it all started with this watch

    Quite nice military watch . Congrats EDNX
    and very interesting info

    Thanks for sharing

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    Re: MIMO DH Dienstuhr Wehrmacht WWII - it all started with this watch

    Amazing accuracy in a 70 year old watch. That shows care
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    Re: MIMO DH Dienstuhr Wehrmacht WWII - it all started with this watch

    I think I could do with a military watch in my collection. great looking piece you have.

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    The courios thing was, that the Swiss delievered the Wehrmacht and the Allies like the British Army with the same watches, eg. Omega, IWC, Rolex, Buren, ...

    The Wehrmacht had the D H markings on the back, the brits the broad arrow on the dial and W.W.W. on the back.

    This Cyma is built 1945 and runs also ok, minus 1 minute a week.

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    Re: MIMO DH Dienstuhr Wehrmacht WWII - it all started with this watch

    I'm curious; you mention that D..H stands for "Dienstuhr Heer", but I've always read that it stands for "Deutsches Heer". Do you know this for sure? And if so, do you know what "DI...H" stands for? (https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/lif...er-600064.html)
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    Re: MIMO DH Dienstuhr Wehrmacht WWII - it all started with this watch

    You can not say nowadays what the D H stands for, the documentation is lost. Common Expressions are Deutsches Heer, Dienstuhr Heer, Heeres Dienstuhr. The only thing what is proofable is the name Dienstuhr.

    D .... H for the Army "Deutsches Heer"
    D .... for the Air Force "Luftwaffe"
    KM on Dial and 123456 on the steelback for the Navy "Kriegsmarine"

    The Heer, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine are the Wehrmacht. SS, SA, Police were armed para military forces.
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