Laco FL 23883 H 2810 From Captured German soldier during WWII
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    Laco FL 23883 H 2810 From Captured German soldier during WWII

    Hello everybody,

    A friend of mine, his grandfather was a soldier during WWII, he recently passed away and left him the watch he captured from a German soldier, what do you think of it? Many thanks
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    Re: Laco FL 23883 H 2810 From Captured German soldier during WWII

    Nice! Seems fully legit. Good condition!
    The movement needs some work though. Laco @Pforzheim can do it, plus relume the hands.
    Somebody has removed the ( crumbling?) lume from the hands.

    The soldier must have been a Navigator from a shot down German bomber.
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    Re: Laco FL 23883 H 2810 From Captured German soldier during WWII

    Yes, it was a shot down German bomber, the soldier didn't survive. It's in mint condition inside. I'm not sure about the lume.

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    Beautiful

    shame about the hands, but that can be sorted

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    Re: Laco FL 23883 H 2810 From Captured German soldier during WWII

    One of the components of the lume is "spent", more or less. You can try it tonight, by exposing the dial to a strong light, then checking in a dark room.
    One of the main components, Radium, is just as radioactive as in 1940. But do not worry, I have two of hose, and ( still) I live.

    If you gently wind it a couple of turns, does it function?

    Do not wind it fully, as it needs a service. The oils are dried out or gummed up, and you can do some serious damage.

    As the Navigator was dead, I would not say it was captured, but looted . War booty. Good he did it, or it would be lost forever!
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    Re: Laco FL 23883 H 2810 From Captured German soldier during WWII

    I will try exposing it to the sun tomorrow and see. The watch is functioning well, keeps correct time. I'll let my friend wind it tomorrow, I tried myself to wind it backwards and it's ok but I'm afraid to do it forwards as it looks like it needs more force.

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    Re: Laco FL 23883 H 2810 From Captured German soldier during WWII

    Oh... and since you have two of them and still alive then I should have no problems staying alive myself :) Thank you for the heads up!

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    Re: Laco FL 23883 H 2810 From Captured German soldier during WWII

    Quote Originally Posted by marianchem View Post
    I will try exposing it to the sun tomorrow and see.
    a bright electric light will do


    The watch is functioning well, keeps correct time. I'll let my friend wind it tomorrow
    NO !! don't do it..... let a professional watchmaker (Laco themselves ideally!!) service it 1st !

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    Re: Laco FL 23883 H 2810 From Captured German soldier during WWII

    I will don't worry, I'm extremely gentle with it. Thank you for the advice!

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    Re: Laco FL 23883 H 2810 From Captured German soldier during WWII

    It is not that you are not gentle, the fact is that the maing surfaces are metal to metal, no oil inbetween. That will wear the metal parts.

    It NEEDS a service!

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