Stahlboden. . . ? Questions

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    Stahlboden. . . ? Questions

    Hello everyone. . . I am new to the forums and joined specifically to find some info on a watch I have.

    I have a watch that I pretty much don't know anything about, I know it was my grandfathers, thats about it. I did some research and can't seem to find much about it.

    On the face it says "Record Watch Co." and below that I believe it says "GEMF" . . . its so small I can't really make out the letters that well.

    On the back it says "STAHLBODEN" with the numbers/letters
    " D 441183 H "

    Does anyone have any info they can give me about this watch or lead me in the right direction.



    Appreciate your help

    -Matt
    Last edited by mattnewhouse; May 16th, 2008 at 19:08. Reason: photos added

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    Here's some history about Record:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...swk&Record_000

    Stahlboden justs means "steel bottom" (steel back in relation to watches)

    Looks like a pretty worn bezel .. likely some kind of plating that has worn off

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    Yeah, this watch is not in great shape as far as the surface condition. The bezel is faded gold with some parts worn through to silver, the hands looks like they had some kind of material in them that is deteriorated (some still left) and it is very dirty, but the actual mechanism/movement is perfect. I have to wind it up every couple days but never loses or gains time.

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    It would be nice to see the movement!!


    Saluds

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    Re: Stahlboden. . . ? Questions

    The "D H" stands for "Deutsches Heer" (=German army). The watch is therefore German WWII military issue. Record was a renowned brand before it went out in the quartz crisis years of the 1970s. "Gemf" may actually be "Genf" which is the German name for "Geneva".

    Hartmut Richter

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    ^ You are right about "Gemf" It does say Genf. Thanks alot for that info. Very helpful.

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    So. . . my next question is, is this something I can take to a local watch shop and have cleaned up and serviced or do I need to find a 'specialist' to do work on this. I am not looking for restoration, more like a tune up and cleaning. . .


    Thanks again, and sorry for the question, I REALLY don't know anything about watches and I want to protect this watch

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    Re: Stahlboden. . . ? Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by mattnewhouse View Post
    So. . . my next question is, is this something I can take to a local watch shop and have cleaned up and serviced or do I need to find a 'specialist' to do work on this. I am not looking for restoration, more like a tune up and cleaning. . .
    Any watchmaker COULD clean and service it... it shouldn't take a specialist.

    My watchmaker wouldn't for two reasons - 1) it would take too much time and he is very busy and 2) it is a **** watch and he is Russian. (WUS auto substitutes **** for the common name for the National Socialist Party.)
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Why would your Russian watchmaker mind repairing a watch made in N... Germany?
    After the war, they stole everything they could from the part of Germany they occupied/liberated ! The Soviet soldier was famous for taking/stealing watches !
    "Davaj czasi" ! Even my Dad remembers that!!!

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    I really don't desire to get into a comparison of stealing watches and committing war crimes. So my discussion in this thread is at an end.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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