Timekeeping in the former East Germany

Ruhla Pocket and Stop Watches

One of the most successful products of Gebrüder Thiel and the post war Ruhla Watch Works is the pocket watch. Both pocket watches and stop watches came in a variety of formats with purpose-built movements in the earlier examples and with the UMF Calibre 24 in the more recent 1980s pocket watches.

Below is a selection from the earliest Gebrüder Thiel watches to the more recent UMF Ruhla and Ruhla examples together with some of the other Ruhla brands.

Ruhla Pocket Watch Trade Brochure 1968

(Thanks to Emoscambio at Watchuseek)

Ruhla Quartz Stopwatch Calibres

15 responses

  1. ildivvy

    Hello everyone! I have an Ruhla Stop Watch Calibre 87-01 from my grandfather in almost perfect condition! Can someone to write me how it works? You can write to me here: scndmail@yahoo.com .

    January 4, 2020 at 10:29 am

    • An email has been sent with a link to the instructions.

      January 4, 2020 at 1:41 pm

  2. Richard resk

    I have a gebruder whuirth gold pocket watch, it is a repeater watch, what worth does it have

    January 7, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    • Hello,

      Thank you for your message. Please could you send some photos of your pocket watch and movement if possible to sekondtime@gmail.com so that I can see the watch and point you in the right direction.

      Ostalgieruhla Watches of the GDR

      January 7, 2019 at 4:23 pm

  3. Shahrouz

    Hello. I have Ruhla Pocket Watch Blue Enamel Dial Gold Indices ,Calibre 24-32 Pocket Watch Blue Enamel Dial Gold Indices. May i know what is the date of manufacture and how much is the price now?
    Thanks and best regards

    February 11, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    • These pocket watches were made from around 1975 through to 1989. So, it would be difficult to say exactly when your watch was produced. The only way to tell is to see if the date code is stamped on the bottom plate of the movement under the hairspring. To see this would require removing the movement from the watch case.
      With regard to prices, the best place is to check on eBay for completed sales.

      February 14, 2018 at 9:26 pm

  4. artur

    Can anyone tell me the value of Ruhla Pocket Watch Champagne Enamel Dial Gold Indices ? ziemniaczek87@gmail.com

    July 28, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    • Hi,
      The best place to find current values of such watches is Ebay. Search for completed listings and you can see what prices the watches sold for. Do not be guided by the buy it now prices for Ruhlas as these are mostly over inflated.


      July 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm

  5. AL Parvez

    I have a Ruhla NVA Military Pocket Watch with wooden case and would like to know the value of this time. I can send you pictures.

    July 2, 2015 at 10:10 am

    • Hello Al,

      Please send clear photos of your Ruhla pocket watch to sekondtime@gmail.com and I will see what I can tell you about your watch.


      July 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm

  6. Frank

    Can you tell me possibly what year my Tiel Lever Pocket Watch made in Germany. Letters on inside are Gebuder Thiel G.m.b.H. Has an alarm,with lever on top . 3 adjustments, 3 jewels Thank you

    March 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    • Hello,

      Your Thiel Pocket Watch Alarm is probably a Thiel 1/9 movement if it has 3 jewels. This movement was made from 1928 until probably the time at the end of the Second World War when the Americans intially shut down the Gebrüder Thiel factory. There is no exact end date for a number of Thiel pocket watch calibres but these movements were not continued when the Soviet Administration which took over the area of Eastern Germany (in accordance with the Potsdam Agreement) recalled the factory staff and started up production again. So, you could say anywhere between 1928 and 1945. I am sorry it is not possible to be more precise.

      For more detail on the Thiel 1/9 movement see: http://watch-wiki.org/index.php?title=Thiel_1/9


      March 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      • Frank

        Thank you for the information. I will try an get a picture of the watch an send it to you.

        March 4, 2015 at 8:29 pm

  7. a

    Can you write me prize of Avalon Branded Ruhla Pocket Watch with White Dial and Chapter Ring? thanks

    July 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    • For current values look at completed listings for the same model under the Ruhla brand name. The watches will be identical except for name.

      July 31, 2013 at 6:45 pm

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