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WRUW - Friday 22nd May 2020


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Another visit back to the good old days of the fun-lovin’ GDR with this 1950s UMF.

Poor old Thiel Bros had found themselves in the wrong half of the postwar carve up of Germany but unlike much of their somewhat agricultural pin-lever output, this one is driven by a fully-jewelled pallet lever movement, the 15j Thiel Präsiza (“Precision”) which, certainly in today’s example, lives up to its name despite being nothing special to look at.

First produced in 1947, this calibre was made until 1963, latterly designated simply as the UMF M2 and perhaps today’s 34mm effort was aimed more at hard currency markets rather than GDR buyers who would have been too busy saving up for their next turnip. Probably.


UMF G.p. before 3 v.2.jpg

UMF G.p. M2 before 2 v.2.jpg

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2 hours ago, marley said:

Good morning all.


This one for me on this wet Friday! (old pic. sorry!).



I was never really a Tag fan, my wife loves them, but this is a lovely piece. Beautiful, and very understated which i like, with a birthday coming up, there could be some hints dropped for this one.

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