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Laco Navy Wilhelmshaven
Maritime-inspired Pocket Watch
As the mother of all watches, the pocket watch on a chain was once a highly prestigious accessory that accompanied tails and top hats. Nowadays, it is celebrating a fashionable comeback as a trend item worn alongside casual leisure outfits. The pocket watch dates back to the beginning of the 16th century, when it was invented in the German city of Nuremberg.
Sailors used pocket watches to record the precise time from the stationary time measuring point at each port and set this time on their marine chronometers. These marine chronometers were installed on board as fixed instruments und were used to compare the time with the results recorded by the pocket watch, which could take measurements in any position on the ship.
The German Naval Observatory Authority (Behörde der deutschen Seewarte), which was founded in 1887, stipulated the required design of the marine watches and the elements of this design still act as the inspiration behind our timepieces today: matte black Arabic numerals, a minute track and black or blued hands against a light face.
In the 1940s, these hands were even coated with active luminous material in order to guarantee unique readability.
Laco has been producing this timepiece ever since the company was first founded back in 1925 and it has remained virtually unchanged right through to the present day. Laco has, however, treated it to a number of small modernisations that give it a smoother and more harmonious appearance.
Laco Uhrenmanufaktur was founded in 1925 in the idyllic town of Pforzheim, Black Forest.
Laco became well-known, thanks to the Fliegeruhren and was one of five companies to produce chronometers for the German military.
Laco has since become inextricably linked to pilot watches. Laco’s focus now is based on a return to its roots: producing handmade watches with a strong emphasis on quality – and not quantity – to honour the “Made in Germany” tag.
A Laco is more than a watch. It is an expression of character. Because no matter whether you wear a robust aviator watch, a precise chronograph or a timelessly elegant classic on your wrist, each Laco has a unique character, which is distinguished by the love of detail and passion with which Laco's watchmakers built it, with complex and sophisticated craftsmanship.
Case size: 58mm
Case material: Polished stainless steel
Case back: Mineral crystal
Movement type: Manual winding
Movement no.: Laco 97 based on ETA6497-1
Dial: Full lume dial with matte black hands, Arabic numerals and a minute track; small seconds display at 6 o'clock
Glass: Mineral crystal
Strap type: Fob chain
Strap material: Stainless steel
Warranty: 2 years