GERMANY – POCKETWATCH – CHRONOMETER/WIND INDICATOR – OFFICER – HEINRICH KLEIN – PRESENTATION CASE
This is the most important and significant time piece that we have ever been able to share with you. There are numerous things about this time piece that are important to note. It comes from the noted watch maker Paul Ditsheim. He began in his family firm and by 1892 he had formed his own firm Paul Ditsheim at Solvil. Sovil was the town where his firm was based.
By 1903 his firm had gained wide spread fame for the quality of his work. In 1912 he won further honors for his work which resulted in the inclusion of a wind indicator. This is the basis of the time piece that we offer to you. It should also be noted that this time piece is of Patek Philipe quality and is lever operated. It is 18K gold plated. The movement is of the most intricate and complex variety.
But most important on the reverse is a gorgeous representation of the Orden Pour le Mérite in breath taking blue enamel. The watch is housed in its original presentation wooden case. The obverse of the case has gold trim and a center design also in gold. As we examine the interior we see a silk upper lid which shows signs of shredding similar to what we see in a silk liner of a pickelhaube. The fitted bottom of the case is lined in blue felt which shows honest age. This bottom half also serves as a display which pops up when the case is opened and returns when the case is closed.
This chronometer/wind indicator is attributed to Oberleutnant Heinrich Kroll (1894-1930). He began his flying career as a pilot (Most unusual as most officers flew as an observer while pilots were relegated to NCO’s.) and then was assigned to Jasta 9. He began to steadily raise his score and was appointed commander of Jasta 24. Later he would command Jagdgruppe 12 which consisted of Jastas 24, and 79b (A Bavarian Jasta.). During his time he shot down France’s number two ace Réne Dorme. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 29 March 1918 and was severely wounded in August 1918 and saw no further service. He would finish the war with thirty-three confirmed victories.
Included with the chronometer is a certificate of authenticity showing that the time piece comes from the estate from the family of Kroll. We also include an original Sanke card Nr 625 which shows a view of his from the knees up. Clearly seen on his left breast is his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian pilot badge. At his throat we see his Pour le Mérite. This postcard is in mint condition and has never been mailed.
Mere words cannot adequately describe the beauty and history of this amazing time piece. A major prize that Der Rittmeister Militaria has been blessed to share with you.
Presentation box measures: 3.5 x 2.5 x 2