Timekeeping in the former East Germany


Ostalgie – Ruhla Watches of the former East Germany (DDR)

Examples of Ruhla watches and clocks made in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1952 to 1991.

For a short history of Ruhla watches, see Short History of Ruhla Watches and Gebrüder Thiel GbmH

Updated Sept 2015 – Article on the automisation of the Ruhla Calibre 24 – Neue Berliner Illustrierte 50/76 – Die Uhr aus dem Automaten (week 50, 1976)

Added July 2015- Thiel Brothers / UMF Ruhla – The London Connection and Ruhla Autouhren/Ruhla Car Clocks and Ruhla and the Nationale Volksarmee (NVA)

Updated July 2015 – Ruhla Advertising 1930s to the late 1980s

Added June 2015 – Ruhla and Erich Honecker

Updated March 2015 – Watches 1o and Commemorative Ruhla Watches and UMF Ruhla Calibre 24

Added February 2015 – Ruhla and the National Honours of the GDR and Ruhla Digital

Updated December 2014 – Watches 8 and added Watches 9

New Page July 2014 – Ruhla Workers/Ruhlaer Arbeiter

Updated May 2014 – Watches 7 and Clocks 4

Updated April 2014 – Watches 7 and Clocks 3

Updated March 2014 – Watches 6 and Watches 7 and Ruhla in the Life of East German Citizens 2


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