Laco – Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven

In this new release, the Laco watch manufacture combines function and design of two seafaring classics: its 1940s pocket watch and a model resembling the watches of the crew on board of the “U1” submarine.

The new watches feature manual wind movement, dial and casing inspired from their predecessors. However, the modern wrist watch “Made in Germany” has been made to have a more optically pleasing appearance.

The best feature on each of the two variants Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven is the prominently large transparent base which allows you to see the elegant clockwork.

Seafaring has hugely shaped the development of accurate timepieces. The pocket watch originally served as a means of exact time measurement and to determine geographical distances independently from landmarks.

From a visual perspective, the features officially decided upon by the German naval observatory have become popular because of their clear readability – for example, matt-black Arabian numerals and the railway-themed minute circle have been characteristics of Laco pocket watches for ages. This is shown by both the model produced for the German Navy in the 1940s and the modern “Wilhelmshaven” edition.

Similar details can in turn be found in the submarine watch with the Unitas clockwork 6498 – a wrist watch which was made in limited edition in collaboration with Deutsche Post in the mid-2000s.

The advent of the new navy watch enables Laco to close the circle and present a modern wristwatch which combines the qualities of the two prototypes.

For example, it includes a sturdy stainless steel casing, a subsidiary seconds display in the number 6 position, numerals and indices treated with afterglow Superluminova C3 paint and a wind-up calibre. The Laco 98 clockwork is based on the Swiss ETA 6498.1. Its high-grade components such as the thermally blued screws and various decorative cuts are visibly highlighted by the sapphire glass base.

Laco has two contemporary models in its range, each with a diameter of 42.5 mm: The bright coloured “Cuxhaven” variant is beautifully adorned with a white dial and a cream-coloured leather strap, whilst the dark-coloured “Bremerhaven” variant is fitted with a black dial and black strap. The names are evocative of maritime cities – just like with the “Wilhelmshaven” pocket watch.

Technical details

Model: Cuxhaven, Ref. 862104

Case
Stainless steel, brushed and polished finish, ø 42,5 mm, lug width 22 mm, height 11 mm, water resistant up to 10 ATM, flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coat inside, screw back with sapphire crystal, fluted bezel

Movement
Hand-winding movement Laco 98 (refined), basic movement ETA 6498.1 (Elaboré),
17 Jewels, small second at 6 h

Hands
Hour and minute hand thermally blued, filled with luminous material Superluminova C3, small second hand thermally blued

Strap
Light leather strap, width 22 mm

Dial
White in enamel optic, railway minute circle, Arabic numerals and indexes with luminous material Superluminova C3, small second at 6 h

Weight
Approx. 75 g

Retail price
980.- €

Packaging
Black gift box incl. cardboard box

Model: Bremerhaven, Ref. 862105

Case
Stainless steel, brushed and polished finish, ø 42,5 mm, lug width 22 mm, Height 11 mm, water resistant up to 10 ATM, flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflecting coat inside, screw back with sapphire crystal, fluted bezel

Movement
Hand-winding movement Laco 98 (refined), basic movement ETA 6498.1 (Elaboré), 17 Jewels, small second at 6 h

Hands
Hour and minute hand varnished in black, filled with luminous material Superluminova C3, small second hand with luminous Superluminova C3

Strap
Black leather strap, width 22 mm

Dial
Black mat, railway minute circle, Arabic numerals and indexes with luminous material Superluminova C3, small second at 6 h

Weight
Approx. 75 g

Retail price
980.- €

Packaging
Black gift box incl. cardboard box

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