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26 responses

  1. Christine Neumann

    I´ve got a short question.
    Can you tell me, how much I can get for a
    UMF Ruhla Stopwatch?

    Christine Neumann

    May 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    • Hello Christine,

      I have sent you an email with advice.


      May 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  2. Tom Rogers

    I have collected West End watches, an inexpensive Swiss made watch that was exported to the Indian sub-continent. Some of the Ruhla’s remind me of West Ends. Was there ever any relationship between Ruhla and West End?

    May 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    • Hi,

      Thank you for your enquiry. You raise an interesting question. As yet, I have not come across a West End branded watch with a Ruhla movement. However, that does not mean to say that there is not a link. Only yesterday, I cam across a Ruhla watch using a brand I had never heard of before. Ruhla exported movements and watches to be rebranded to earn foreign currency for East Germany.

      If you come across some examples that you think may be Ruhlas, let me know and I will take a look.


      May 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm

  3. bonjour, j’aimerais connaître la date de fabrication de la montre de poche Ruhla que je viens d’acheter: pouvez-vous m’aider? Merci beaucoup!

    August 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    • Bonjour Durand,

      Est ce que vous pouvez m’envoyer une photo de la montre? L’email c’est: sekondtime@gmail.com.

      En general, on peut vous donner une approximation car la duration de production d’une telle montre Ruhla est souvent 10 or meme 20 annees.


      August 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

  4. russell

    Could you please tell me the approximate value of a Saxon Black Dial with Radial Arabic Numerals watch

    August 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    • Hello Russell,

      Thanks for your enquiry. It is hard to give a value for this watch as I have only ever seen one and that’s the one in my collection! The value would probably be similar to other modern Saxon branded Ruhla watches which appear on auction sites relatively frequently. The Saxon watches do not appear to be as desirable as Ruhla or UMF Ruhla branded ones.


      August 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm

  5. hello, this is a excellently watch-site.

    September 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm

  6. Hello, I have a question that I have a watch named ruhla, elctronically timed, antimagnetic ,stainless steel back, Arabic numbers, white face with three black niddles, leather band. I can't find this style watch from your web. Is this a very old one or no

    This is a very good website. From it I learnt the history of the Ruhla watch and also the backgrand of the manufactory at that time. Thank you very much.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:16 am

    • Thank you for you kind comments about my Ruhla watch website.

      It is hard to say exactly how old the watch with out seeing a photo. Could you send me a photo to sekondtime@gmail.com and I will do my best to tell you what I can about it.


      November 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

  7. bob m

    having just inherited a 60ish year old ruhla that i am wearing now and it is keeping good time i was delighted to read the history of a company that i had not herd of untill yesterday and also seeing a picture of my watch allthough mine is gold and the picture is off a silver one thanks for a real good website yours bob

    February 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    • Hi Bob,

      Pleased you enjoyed the site and learning about the history of your Ruhla watch. Wear it in good health!


      February 19, 2012 at 12:36 am

  8. claire sisk

    Are you “The Watch Shop”, on Amazon .ca? If so, I bought a pocket watch from you a month ago, and it is beautiful. Do you have more pocket watches? If I am wrong about who you are, I appologize .

    August 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    • Hello,

      No this site has nothing to do with The Watch Shop or any other retailer. This is a private collection put on line for other watch collectors and enthusiasts.


      August 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  9. Andrew N

    Hello, I’ve just bought similar TV Case Ruhla watch as You have above, in pale grey. Is it possible to tell the year of production?

    July 5, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    • Hello Andrew,

      This style of Ruhla watch was made from the early 1980s onwards. If you look at my Ruhla in the Life of East German citizens page you will see a customs officer wearing one. This photo is in a book about the GDR’s customs service in 1982.


      July 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

  10. Adam

    Hello I am reading the site trying to find information on an old watch given to me as a present many years ago. The watch name is Sumatic but I can find very little about them online and my search has landed me here. It is a lovely dress watch with a small manual mechanism and was given to me in 1971. Can anyone help please?

    February 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    • Hello Adam,

      The only Ruhla with the name Sumatic is a small travel alarm clock. You can see the clock on the Sumatic page of my website.
      There are no dress watches with the Sumatic name. You can send a photo of your watch to me at sekondtime@gmail.com and I will try to give you more information if I can.


      February 2, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  11. john Jewell

    Ladies watch “HORGA”, who is the manufacturer.Watch is old, but very small and delicate…

    May 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    • It is very likely to be a Swiss manufacturer. Many Horga watches are Swiss made. Is there something that makes you think it is East German?

      May 20, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      • john Jewell

        Had no idea that it could have been swiss made, never heard of the company…
        Thanks for the info

        May 20, 2015 at 11:49 pm

  12. Roman

    good afternoon. help determine what kind of clock.

    August 18, 2015 at 9:54 am

    • Спасибо за ваш вопрос.

      Бренд Saxon был фирменное наименование часового завода Рула в ГДР. Тем не менее, это бренд , который с тех пор используется другим часовой розничной компании, чье происхождение не известно. Были и еще много таких розничных компаний, производящих часы в Европе и на Дальнем Востоке. Часы вы показать на форуме китайские сделал и, как вы показали использует движение Miyota. Такие часы обычно производятся в Китае для различных рынков по всему миру, используя различные торговые марки. Эти часы не имеет происхождение в Ruhla или Garde Ruhla.


      August 18, 2015 at 10:22 am

      • Роман Клубков

        Sorry, but your letter is not displayed correctly.

        August 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

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