GERMANY – POCKET WATCH – FEATURING GERMANY’S LEADING U-BOOT COMMANDER – LOTHAR VON ARNAULD de le PERIÈRE
This is an amazing pocket watch that features the likeness of Lothar von Arnauld de le Perière (1886-1941). He was the leading German U-Boot commander of WW I. The ships under his command sank an astonishing 194 ships with a total gross tonnage of 454,00.
He entered the Kaiserliche Marine in 1903. He served aboard a variety of surface ships. He then had a spell as an adjutant to an Admiral. In 1915 he was assigned to serve in the Navy Airships. In November 1915 he was transferred to the U-Boot service where he scored his impressive tally of British and French ships. The bulk of his victories came as a result of using his deck gun. He only fired seventy-four torpedoes which resulted in thirty-nine hits. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in 1916 and also received several other German and Austrian decorations. He remained in the Reichsmarine at the end of WW I. In the mid 1930’s he joined the Kriegsmarine. He served in a number of roles and rose to the rank of Vizeadmiral. He was killed in an airplane crash in 1941.
The watch measures 51mm in diameter. The case is silver with a gilt coating. It comes from the noted German firm of Glashütte. This firm had its root from the mid-19th century. Glashütte was actually the city in which these watches were hand crafted by German watchmakers who rivaled those in Switzerland. The face which features a hand painted enamel dial which shows a likeness of Lothar von Arnauld de le Perière. This watch operates but I cannot speak to the accuracy of it.
This is an amazing artifact which boldly portrays Germany leading U-Boot commander.