Timekeeping in the former East Germany

Ruhla Clocks 2

As well as producing watches, VEB Ruhla also produced clocks and instruments. Below are some examples of more alarm clocks made by Ruhla. (see also Ruhla Clocks)


4 responses

  1. Amz

    i have one of the ones 2nd row up from bottom that was my grandparents. Do you have any more info on it please? e.g time period etc

    February 6, 2013 at 12:45 am

    • Hello Amz,

      The clocks were very fashionable during the 1960s/1970s. This Europa was produced in the mid 1970s into the early 1980s before quatrz clocks became widely available. The clocks were sold through a variety of outlets, jewellers shops, department stores and mail order catalogues. Europa is one of the Export brands that used Ruhla products. The movement is a standard 2 jewel movement. As with Ruhla watches, the clocks were produced in many different designs and colours.

      Thank you for your interest in Ostalgie-Ruhla Watches of the GDR.


      February 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm

  2. geoff Daff

    I have a sumatic travel alarm clock in its case but have no operating instructions. Is this something that you can email to me. The clock is grey in colour with a blue/black dial that glows in the dark.
    I hope that you can help with my request

    Best regards

    Geoff Daff

    January 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    • Dear Geoff Daff,

      Thanks for your enquiry. I have sent you a link to your email with some guidance.



      January 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

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