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LEONIDAS  D. – D.H. (?)

12 Ott LEONIDAS  D. – D.H. (?)

CASE  .  Chrome plated,  35 mm .

BACK   .  Screw,  steel . ( read note #2)

              S/N and “ fond acier inoxidable “

MOVEMENT   .  AS 1130  customize with the brand name .

CASEBACK MARKINGS: .  D. ( read note #3)

                     Letter should be larger ( 2 mm ) than numbers ( 1,5mm) .

S/N  .  6 digits  .The small numbers of registered watches ( 4 ) does not allow to define a range ,

            however,  it could be  between   37XXXX  and   39XXXX 

NOTE  .

1. “Leonidas Watch Co. ” was very active in the production of aeronautical timepieces and in the

design and production of dashboards for aircraft . The 3rd Reich in general and Luftwaffe in particular

were one of the major clients of this Company. It is plausible that the watch shown below , with a particular

caseback , is the one supplied to Luftwaffe .

2. The caseback of this watch is particular because it does not have the 6 notches like the other D.H./D. but

has another unlocking system for access to movement.

3. The Leonidas is a rare watch . In 20 years I have recorded 10 watches , of these , 4 are marked “D.” , the

others 6 “D.H.” .  But , while the “D.” have the same characteristics ( also of the caseback) and a

plausible S/N ( 37XXXX/39XXXX) , the D.H.s , despite having the same case , dial, and movement

of the D. , they show very different casebacks and , above all, extremely varied S/Ns.

This leads to think that DHs may be “marriages”. As proof of this , below are the photos of a

Leonidas DH purchased in 2001 . Case , dial and movement are correct while the caseback is of a Helios DH .

 

 

 

LEONIDAS D.H.(?)