This is just a copy of my post “My Pforzheim Quartett” on our Vintage & Pocket Watches Forum.

The watches you see have been stolen in May 2011, I claled them my famous vintage Pforzheim Four



It all began with my green Stowa Seatime....




which I got from the bay. Further examination lead to the identification of the movement: PUW 1561.



The Pallas.......


.....with a handwinding PUW 561....


....came next. Fetched this one on the bay too for very less money (25,--Euro) in absolutely mint condition.

Next came the black dialed Stowa which I discovered in a small watchmakers shop at Bonn-Bad Godesberg. After a complete overhaul it was mine for 60 Euro......



....the engine is a hw PUW 561 too.

Latest addition to the Pforzheim collection was the Arctos which I got from the bay last week......



My 2nd PUW 1561 powered watch.

Some historical facts:

Pallas

Once upon a time there have been a lot of watch manufacturers in the Pforzheim area known as Stowa (Walter Storz), PaRa (Paul Raff), Arctos, Hugo Weinmann (brand: Exquisit), Ormo and others.
In 1970 most of them joined the Pallas Deutsche Uhren-Kooperation (Pallas German Watch Cooperation).
Paul Raff was one of the men who founded Pallas. Somehow a new marketing strategy in 1970 by using synergetic effects - that´s what it is called nowadays. (So it is quite possible to fetch a Stowa Pallas or Pallas Stowa or just a Pallas on ebay or elsewhere).

Parat
The Parat slogan (rime) was: "Immer pünktlich, früh und spat, mit der Armbanduhr Parat." (a translation would be: Always on time, early (in the morning) or late (in the evening) with a Parat wrist watch).

Already in 1949 (after WW II) a "Deutsche Uhrenkooperation" (German Watch Cooperation) was founded by Philipp Weber under the brandname PARAT.
There isn´t much to read about the Parat Cooperation but from what I could find out the Arctos Uhrenfabrik Philipp Weber, Berg Uhrenfabrik, Wilhelm Beutter, Osco Uhrenfabrik, Otto Schlund (brand was currently re-launched) and Stowa joined this co-op.
When wholesalers got into economical troubles and decided to sell the PARAT-collection to greater department stores the cooperation lost a lot of money and disappeared from the market.

PUW

PUW stands for Pforzheimer Uhrenwerke (Pforzheim Watch Movements or Pforzheim Ebauches).
PUW movements have been very popular in from the 60ties to the 70ties and I think they are worth to be colected (just as a witness of time).

Arctos

The "Arctos Uhrenfabrik" was founded in Pforzheim in 1923 by Philipp Weber (1890 - 1962) and Jakob Aeschbach and first was named Weber & Aeschbach. In 1928 already 260 movements (pocket and wrist watches) have been produced per day. After WW II the brand´s name changed into Arctos Uhrenfabrik Philipp Weber.
The Parat slogan (rime) was: "Immer pünktlich, früh und spat, mit der Armbanduhr Parat." (a translation would be: Always on time, early (in the morning) or late (in the evening) with a Parat wrist watch).
Later Arctos was known as an official suplier to the "Bundeswehr".
The re-launched "Arctos" of our days is quite different to the "Arctos" of those days and –afaik- isn´t made in Pforzheim any more.

Stowa

If there should be a reader outside not knowing what Stowa is about, feel free to read their history on Stowa Uhren ab Werk bestellen und online kaufen .

Hope you enjoyed reading.

Thanks to Christoph Lorenz for his PUW pics.