Pocket Watch K.u.K. Feld-Telegraph, Alois Winbauer, circa 1915

Pocket Watch K.u.K. Feld-Telegraph, Alois Winbauer, circa 1915

Pocket watch officially supplied to the Telegraph departments of the Imperial Austrian Army during the First World War, produced and marked, on the caseback, by "Alois Winbauer" with the n° 264873, a very important watch manufacturer in Baden, Germany. The pocket watch could also be worn on the wrist, using a special leather strap. It was of primary importance for the military telegraphers, since, when transmitting and receiving telegraph messages, they had the obligation to always note the exact time.

It is on the back of the pocket watch: K.u.K. Feld-Telegraph, while the following is engraved on the outer case: Alois Winbauer K.u.K. Hofuhrmacher - Baden.

Excellent condition and fully functional.

Alois Winbauer was one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers serving the royal and imperial house - K.u.K. (Kaiserlich und Königlich). The first records of the company date back to 1700 as an artisanal activity for the production of important "tower" clocks. The company was located in the town of "Geiselhöring".

The Wimbauer brand saw its maximum splendor with the advent of the young Alois Wimbauer in 1883, who patented the first electric watch in the world and was awarded for this at the world exhibition in Paris. In those years 1883-1918, this company was considered one of the most important watch manufacturers in the world, so much so that it was commissioned a watch destined for the Cleveland observatory in Ohio (U.S.A.).

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