Timekeeping in the former East Germany

Ruhla Clocks

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

More Clocks on Ruhla Clocks 2.  Also see the watch examples page.

13 responses

  1. Iván

    Recuerdo que cuando era niño, mi mamá me regaló uno. (el primero que aparece en fotos) y yo, siendo niño descuidado y curioso , lo destruí. Ahora que soy un adulto me arrepiento enormemente y más aun cuando me doy cuenta que la compañia ya no existe.

    January 11, 2019 at 4:33 am

  2. Wendy

    Gracias a ti por responder mi comentario.
    Te cuento ahora encontre un aproximado de 40 relojes en sus cajas originales pero un poco deterioradas en colores rojo, azul y blanco. y no se que hacer con tantos he regalado algunos; talvez pueda venderlos! cuanto consideras que es el costo de cada uno de ellos?

    October 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm

  3. Wendy

    Hola, soy salvadoreña
    Encontre esta pagina y me parecio interesante ya que adquiri un reloj ruhla wecker alarma. no se mucho de esto pero me gusto mucho cuando lo vi. es muy parecido al primero de las imagenes.

    me gustaria saber las caracteristicas que posee.


    October 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    • Hola Wendy,
      Gracias por su mensaje.
      Estos relojes fueron producidos desde los anos 50 en colaboracion con la Seguna Fabrica de Relojes de Moscu. Originalmente, fueron producidos en metal pero mas tarde en plastico. Tienen un movimiento bastante simplistico sin joyas.

      October 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

  4. Oli

    I have bought a miniature Ruhla Sumatic travel & alarm, but it doesn’t work at all. So I took it to a watch repairman, and he said (without even opening it) that he will not fix it for me. Instead as he said, I could have a watch that cost about 7-5 euros if I let him have my Ruhla. Of course I refused him, because obviously he lied to me about that he cant fix it, because he tried to buy off another watch from me before, after servicing it. So now I am still looking for a watch man who wont try to buy it from me and actually just fix it.

    January 30, 2013 at 2:25 am

    • Hi Oli,

      Sorry to hear about your experience with the watch repairer. There are two things that usually make a Sumatic not work. First, they just need oiling. This has to be done with watch oil and in the right places. This is an easy job for a watch repair specialist or a knowlegdeable amateur. Second, the alarm function does not work. This is often because of incomplete parts in the back of the clock. corrosion or misalignment of the hour/alarm contacts. Send me an email to sekondtime@gmail.com with some photos of the clock with the back removed to show the battery and buzzer compartment. Hopefully, I will be able to tell you then if it is complete. Also I can send you in return a little fact sheet about how they work etc.


      January 30, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      • Oli

        Thank you for the quick response to the email. As soon as the watch is repaired, I will post a reply and some pictures. Hopefully it will be soon.

        June 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm

  5. Bob

    I had a Eurochron red quartz alarm Kaliber 62 for nearly 20 years of constant use and really liked it. Eventually the main central bearing became oval, the cogs became misaligned, and it seized up.

    It was a good clock!

    December 25, 2011 at 6:52 am

    • Thanks for your message.These clocks still come up for sale on Ebay fairly often. Over 90% of the clocks I receive for the collection are still in working order. A testament to simple robust design!

      December 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

  6. Steven Beards

    i.ve just bought for £3 charity shop made in gdr immaculate condition

    October 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    • Well done! It would be good to see a photo.

      October 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm

  7. Mirko

    Hi, i’ve just found a brand new Ruhla’s trapezoid watch, quite similar tou yours, but for the pointer and the color…
    I would like to know which period it’s been biult.

    May 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    • Hello Mirko,

      Thank you for your message. The blue trapezoid clock on OstalgieRuhla dates from probably early 1970s. If you notice that at the bottom of the dial it states that it is ‘Made in Germany’. Later clocks will say ‘Made in GDR’.


      May 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm

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