A Simply Superb WW2 German Officer's Military Watch From Hitler's Personal Watch Co. in Berlin + Owner's Iron Cross
An Historical, Very Good, Original and Classic WW2 German Military Officer's Open Faced Keyless Lever Watch & its owner's Silver Mounted Iron Cross [WW1 issue]. The black dial signed UHRENFABRIK BUREN A.G . and with A. LUNSER BERLIN above a subsidiary seconds dial, luminous Arabic numerals, all in excellent condition, luminous hands, The watch appears to be in good going order. The Nickel Silver case with screw rim front and back stamped a three digit serial number, the case winding crown and bow in good original condition .53 mm diam. Adolf Lunser of Berlin, sold watches in the 1930's and was the official supplier to the German government, the Third Reich, and Adolf Hitler, and two pocket watches sold to Hitler by Lunser of Berlin, have sold in the past 15 years for $70,000 and $636,000 respectively. One of those watches, purchased from Adolf Lunser by Adolf Hitler [another keyless pocket watch] sold for $70,000 and according to the archives the watch was made in 1938, and bought on December 12, 1938, by Adolf Lunse;'s watch shop in Berlin.
The watch was subsequently bought by Hitler then presented to Dr Theodor Gilbert Morell by Adolf Hitler personally on July 22, 1944.
Morell was Hitler’s personal physician, and was well known in Germany for his extremely unconventional and alternative medical treatments. But, even more incredibly, another watch sold by Adolf Lunser to Adolf Hitler, sold in the US in 2006. It bore the engraved crest of the German politician and military leader, Hitler's No.2, Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering.
An inscription on the inside of the Goering watch case, when translated, read: 'In cordial friendship at Christmas 1934.'
Below it was the engraved signature of Adolf Hitler. That watch sold to a European collector on May 14, 2006 for a staggering final price of $629,691.08. This watch and the accompanying Iron Cross were 'recovered' from an important military family home in Berlin in 1945/6. The Iron Cross is an iron centre solid silver framed example and the ring mount is maker hallmarked. Next to the Victoria Cross, it is the most famous medal in the world. The Iron Cross was awarded for bravery in battle as well as other conspicuous military contributions in a battlefield environment. The Iron Cross 2nd Class came with a ribbon and was worn in one of two different methods: When in formal dress, the entire cross was worn mounted alone or as part of a medal bar. For everyday wear, only the ribbon was worn from the second hole in the tunic button. Since the Iron Cross was issued over several different periods of German history, it was annotated with the year indicating the era in which it was issued. For example, an Iron Cross from the First World War bears the year "1914", while the same decoration from the Second World War is annotated "1939". The reverse of the 1870, 1914 and 1939 series of Iron Crosses have the year "1813" appearing on the lower arm, symbolizing the year the award was created. The 1813 decoration also has the initials "FW" for King Frederick William III, while the next two have a "W" for the respective kaisers, Wilhelm I and Wilhelm II. The final version shows a swastika. Interestingly the only medal Hitler would ever wear was his WW1 awarded Iron Cross. Needless to say there is no way of knowing that this watch was presented or even given by Hitler to its original recipient and owner, but the possibility is intriguing. These are exactly the kind of fascinating militaria artefacts we are constantly keen to uncover and, hopefully, thence offer for sale.