Timekeeping in the former East Germany

Ruhla – 1990s

In 1989, the Berlin Wall was opened and Erich Honecker resigned as General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany. This lead to the possibility of re-unification of East and West Germany. In March 1990, free elections were held which determined the fate of East Germany. On August 23, the Volkskammer approved the proposed October 3, accession to the Federal Republic of Germany. Germany was officially re-unified on 3rd October 1990.

Following the re-unification of Germany, the kombinaten was broken up and different enterprises developed. VEB Ruhla was converted to a limited company (GmbH) many staff were layed off or put on temporary contracts and by 1991, the factory ceased production. However, an engineer of the VEB Ruhla plant and two other colleagues bought the clock plant which became Gardé Ruhla and which still successfully manufactures quartz watches today including a high quality radio controlled