G.Gerlach Watches

The G.Gerlach watches are made in Poland by G.Gerlach Fundacja Rozwoju Polskiej Myśli Technicznej i Mechaniki Precyzyjnej, a foundation that was formed to revive the ingenious Polish industry, design and products.

Poland is a large manufacturing hub for cars, airplanes and other products in Europe; however very few of those products were invented and designed in this country.  The newly formed institution wants to manufacture products which are entirely designed and made by Polish designers, craftsmen and engineers. This is how the G.Gerlach watches carrying ‘Made in Poland’ were born.

Patron of the foundation is G.Gerlach, a 19th century Polish industrialist, who used to produce measuring equipments and manometers of highest quality in his factory.

G.Gerlach Watches – Historical connection

Back in 1845, eighteen-year old Gustaw Gerlach reached Warsaw from Berlin, accompanied by a pastry chef Karl Emil Wedel (founder of perhaps the most well-known confectionery establishments in Poland) and Frederick Plus (creator of the well-known and highly regarded in the nineteenth century, the Factory of Soaps, Toiletries, Perfumes and Cosmetic Products).

Gustaw Gerlach was employed in the optical instruments manufacturing plant in the Krakowskie Przedmieście Street. In 1852 he took over the factory and started manufacturing product under G.Gerlach trademark.

Soon, he shifted his business to Tamka Street 38/40 and also opened a shop with his products on a prestigious street in Warsaw. Later the company opened more shops in Warsaw, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

The factory manufactured optical and measuring instruments not only for the Russian occupied Poland, but also for the whole Russian Empire. The industrialisation of Russian Empire boosted the business and in 1882 the factory received the privilege of being able to sign their products and adverts with the Empire’s coat of arms.

Gustaw Gerlachstarts was associated with many charity works such as Warsaw Charity Association and the Evangelical Church.  Gerlach installed a sundial on a tenement house located on Tamka Street, which remained a typical element of the Near-Vistula district in Warsaw up until the Warsaw Uprising in 1944.

Gustaw Gerlach retiree at the age of 60 and passed the company onto his two sons – Emil and Gustaw. Under their leadership, the product range enhanced to binoculars, typewriters, and manometers. Both of them were equally involved in charity works and also associated with Polish Theatre. This combination of entrepreneurship, talent, great technical knowledge and fantasy together with a huge social awareness made the Gerlachs very inspirational to many people in Poland.

In 1919, the Gerlachs sold the factory to their cousins – Henryk, Gustaw and Emil Ludwik Voellnagl, who extended the product line by e.g. airplane instruments and compasses. Manometers made by G.Gerlach were fitted to the PZL.37 „Łoś” and PZL.23 „Karaś” bombers as well as the PZL.11 fighter planes and also used by the Polish naval industry.

Unfortunately, the factory and residential buildings on Tamka Street were destroyed during the Warsaw uprising in 1944 and were never rebuilt. After the war, Emil Voellnagel tried to recreate the business on Próżna Street, but not succeeded due to the post-war economic and political state of the country.

G.Gerlach Watch Collections

G.Gerlach watch models are named after famous personalities, military formations, aircrafts, ships, submarines and cars of erstwhile Poland. Most of these timepieces are equipped with Sea Gull movements made in China. They also make special edition watches for horology communities and forums.

Website: http://gerlach.org.pl

G. Gerlach 7TP Automatic

G. Gerlach’s new horology creation takes inspiration from the 7TP tank produced by Poland in 1930s. The 7TP tank prototyped in 1934 proved to be – as described later after Kubianka tests in Soviet Union – the best follow up of Britain’s common Vickers Type E model.  As Soviets mastered and delivered in thousands own tank fleet based on same tank model – this must be considered as a clear proof of magnificence of polish technical & constructional skills.

7TP pioneered in some revolutionary ideas, the main of is the mass usage of diesel engines. Another new approach was attention placed for communication devices.  Even more interesting, 7TP was equipped with the Rudolf Gundlach 360 degree rotating periscope. This was way ahead of any ideas, giving devastating effect. Enough to say, that Gundlach periscope patent dated 1936, was presented by Poland to allied Great Britain for “astonishing” quote ot 1 – ONE – polish zloty. Later, became known as Vickers Tank Periscope Mk IV, used in Cromwell, Crusader, Valentine and Churchill tanks.

Great Britain provided the periscope to United States, where it was on spot placed on M4 Sherman tanks. On the other side of Vistula, Soviet tank industry immediately copied the scope, using it vastly for both T-70 and T-34 tanks. Actually unchanged scope was also produced by Germany and applied to its tank fleet. This was probably the only technical device used so vastly on each front of WWII, by all sides of the conflict same time. The 360 deg. periscope remained unchanged solution for almost 50 years of tank warfare, replaced by electronic devices only in ’70s of the XX century.

The G. Gerlach 7TP automatic watch uses a brand new, unconventional case. Its multiple angled surfaces reflect to the general idea of tanks body construction. The polished surfaces placed side by side with brushed ones, made on different levels and brushing direction. Its size is 41mmx 52mm, thickness of 12 mm. Case is made of 316L grade steel, with a flat sapphire. Sapphire is covered by non-visible, transparent AR coating. Water resistance is rated for 10 atm/ 100M. The heart of the watch is the popular NH35A automatic movement, with hacking and stop-second.  A bulky, thick and very soft military strap with quick-release spring bars is provided.

G. Gerlach PZL P23 Karaś

With this new classic styled pilot chronograph, Poland based watch brand G. Gerlach pays tribute to PZL P23 Karaś, a classic light bomber plane made in early ’30s by Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze (State Aviation Works) in Warsaw. It was presented at Paris Air Show 1936 and gained attention. More than 50 P23 were exported to Bulgaria.

It became obsolete when WWII started. Still, the fact that Poland resurrected only in 1918 was able to create it and over 250pcs was produced in a relative short period of 1937-1939. During the Invasion of Poland (1939) it remained Poland’s primary light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. PZL P23 Karaś was the first airplane that bombed German Third Reich on 2nd September 1939. Remaining airplanes served whole WWII in Bulgaria and Romania, removed from service in 1946.

This timepiece comes dressed in a 43 mm stainless steel case in sand blasted finish and fitted with a coin edge bezel. Its houses a Seagull ST1902 hand wound movement for a classic feel. Made to withstand harsh, daily usage the watch has a water resistant up to 100 meters. The PZL P23 Karaś is delivered with a military styled, solid leather strap.

Technical details
Case size: 43x52x13 mm
Case made from surgical stainless steel 316L sandblasted
Waterproof: WR100
Movement: Seagull ST1902
Strap: genuine leather strap
Box: solid wood
Warranty: 24 months

G. Gerlach PZL 37B

This brand new pilot’s watch from G. Gerlach pays tribute to a bomber plane of 1930s – PZL 37B, which served Polish Air Force till 40s. This twine engine double bomber was designed in the mid-1930s at the PZL factory in Warsaw by Jerzy Dąbrowski. The PZL 37B is well known for its war accomplishments, especially the September campaign in 1939 against Nazi invasion.

Inspired by this war machine, the pilot watch from G. Gerlach boasts a well designed exteriors and interiors. Measuring 43×52 mm, its stainless steel case with curved lugs offers comfortable fit. The double domed sapphire crystal front glass has internal transparent AR coating to improve the visibility.

Inside the timepiece beats a Seagull ST1902 manual winding column wheel chronograph movement based on the legendary Venus 175 calbre. Powering 30 minutes and 60 seconds chronograph functions in addition to the basic timekeeping, this movement can deliver a power reserve of 38 to 42 hours approximately.

The dial featuring Arabic numeral hour markers and transparent hands with lume applied on edges make time reading easier. 30 minutes chronograph counter with red hands is positioned at 3’o clock and at 9’o clock you can find the small seconds sub dial. An inner rotating bezel, operated by a crown at 10’o clock, can be utilised for better time management.

This watch model is tested for water resistance up to100 meters. The PZL 37B is supplied with a Milanese stainless steel bracelet and a genuine leather strap.

Available in a retail price of PLN1950+shipping charges, this timepiece comes in a solid wooden box and accompanied by a warranty of 24 months.

G. Gerlach Pm36

With this new model, Polish watch brand G. Gerlach recreates the legacy of classic, hand-wound railway watches manufactured by legendary watch makers like Hamilton, Elgin and Waltham. A typical railway watch fulfills the specific requirements of the railroad transportation such as high precision, outstanding quality, high visibility and heavy duty. Readability was a main factor. Dials and hands used luminous materials, hand applied. It created a thick, visible and robust layer that changed the appearance with time.

This wristwatch pays tribute to the Pm36 steam locomotive designed in 1936 in First Polish Factory of Locomotives FABLOK. The main constructor was Kazimierz Zembrzusk great polish designer, inventor and scientist.

Before 2nd World War only two prototypes of Pm36 steam locomotive were built the same year. First of them (Pm36-1) had an aerodynamic cover. Aerodynamic cover was tested in a aerodynamic tunnel in Warsaw University of Technology. The second one (Pm36-2) had a standard look. Top speed of aerodynamic version was 20 km/h higher than the version without fairing, archiving astonishing for that time 140 km/h. The Pm36-1 gained a gold medal at the 1937 International Exposition of Art and Technology in Paris (Expo). It was a great success for a growing industry of independent Poland between World Wars.

Only one locomotive survive the World War II. It was Pm36-2. It was in service until 1966 then  it was transferred to Warsaw Railway Museum. In 1995 it went through a major overhaul and returned to the service as a tourist attraction in Wolsztyn Museum.

G. Gerlach created a watch as homage to this great polish construction. Crafted in surgical stainless steel, there are two versions of the watch like there were two versions of the locomotive: Pm36-1 – with white dial, polished case and mesh bracelet & Pm36-2 – with black dial, sandblasted case and leather strap.

The Pm36 watch is equipped with mechanical movement with hand winding (Seagull ST3620) with power reserve up to 56 hours.

Technical details
Seagull ST3620 movement
Case size: 43x52x13 mm
Case made from surgical stainless steel 316L, polished or sandblasted
Waterproof: WR100
White or black face
Luminous hands and face
Sapphire glass, one side covered with anti-reflective coating
Leather or mash bracelet, 22mm lug-to-lug size

G. Gerlach Navigator 2nd Edition

Polish watch brand G. Gerlach presents the new edition of its Navigator, one of the initial models from the watch maker. The new model will incorporate a new, modular case. Originally designed for 303/II model, this elegant and comfortable case measures 43mm diameter and 13 mm thickness.

The movement remains same: The TMI/Seiko NH35A automatic movement. Bearing 24 jewels and also equipped with hacking and hand winding features, this movement delivers a power reserve up to 40 hours when fully wound.

Fitted with a sapphire crystal glass with AR coating, its stainless steel case has a water resistance up to 100 meters. In the second edition, hands are brand new, slightly increased, and in brushed finish. The second hand is skinnier. The crowns at 2ó clock and 4ó clock are polished to match the bezel.

The Navigator 2nd Edition comes with a brown leather strap.

G. Gerlach SUBMARINE

Poland based watch brand G. Gerlach unveils its latest timepiece SUBMARINE that pays tribute to Mr. Stefan Drzewiecki – a polish inventor& scientist who invented, patented and produced several world’s first submarines, planes and other technical marvels.

The G. Gerlach Submarine watch has a 43×49 mm case made form brass as a node to 19th century. Instead of using the using bronze cases with steel crown G. Gerlach has decided to use a steel core brass crown. Tested for a water resistance up to 100 meters, the case is fitted with double domed sapphire glass with internal AR coating. Caseback of the timepiece is made from stainless steel. Sandwitch dial with high pole applied hour markers gives a steampunk impression. Inside beats TMI/Seiko NH35 automatic movt.

Technical details
Size: 43x49mm, made form brass, case back made from steel 316L
Crown screw down, made from brass with a steel core
Waterproof WR100
Double domed sapphire glass with AR
Sandwich dial high with pole brushed metal hour markers
Brushed hands
Movement: automatic Seiko/TMI NH35A
Strap: leather with a brass buckle

G. Gerlach m/s Batory Limited Edition

Polish watch brand G. Gerlach presents a new limited edition model from its flagship m/s Batory series.

This new model boasts specs similar to serial model that is a stainless steel case measuring 40 mm diameter, Water resistance of 100 meters and sapphire crystal with AR coating. Brand new is a dial and movement.

Dial was made of white glossy enamel with applied high pole Arabic hour markers. Hour, minute and seconds hands are also blued. Dial boasts a large date window at 12’o clock.Equipped with Seagull ST2525 Calibre, the m/s Batory Limited Edition is a big date automatic piece with hacking and hand winding option.

From a base Seagull ST2525 calibre, G. Gerlach has removed unnecessary functions like multidate, rosette wheel, replace the rotor for new one, and calibrate it to improve accuracy. This modification is made 100% by the brand’s own workshop. The new limited edition watch is equipped with a transparent caseback that offers the view of automatic movement beats inside.

The G. Gerlach m/s Batory Limited Edition comes fitted with a genuine crocodile leather strap featuring a deployment buckle. The strap is available in 2 colours, navy blue strap matching hands and a glossy black strap.

Produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces, this new timepiece is offered with a hand crafted oversized solid leaf wood box.

Technical details
Case diameter: 40 mm without crown
Water resistance: 100 meters
Screwed crown
Domed sapphire crystal with one side, internal anti-reflecting coating
Automatic SeaGull ST2525, Class AAA, modified in Poland by G.Gerlach
BigDate module
Central second
24 month warranty

G. Gerlach M/s Batory Big Date

Polish watch brand G. Gerlach is re-launching m/s Batory big date models. Some time ago the brand had removed all Big Date models including m/s Batory and Lux Sport, from its inventory, as Seagull stopped production of ST2526 movement. Now the brand is reactivating all Big Date projects by modifying an existing model of ST2525, changing it’s indications and designing a new line of products.

This marine styled watch is named after M/s Batory, the most famous polish liner, a war hero. This timepiece comes in an elegant, all mirror polished 40 mm sized case fitted with domed sapphire crystal with internal, one sided anti-reflecting coating and screwed crown to secure 100 m water resistance.

The Automatic movement is manufactured by SeaGull. It has been modified in Poland in “Big Date” versions. It has hacking, can be hand winded, and offers a power reserve of more than 45 hours. Batory line will be offered in both Arabic and Roman versions.

Versions available from M/s Batory line are with sub-second or with central second and big date module and Roman or Arabic numerals.

G.Gerlach ORP Sokół and ORP Dzik

These timepieces remind us an inspiring history of brave sailors of Polish Navy during II World War and a tribute to the crews of ORP Sokol and ORP Dzik submarines called Terrible Twins.

Going back to the history, the first “official” diving watches in the Polish Navy – the Vostok Amphibians appeared in the late ’60s. These diving watches are inspired by those early Vostoks and their robustness, minimalism, ergonomics. The solid case has attached strap adapters. It makes a better fitting for wrists of different sizes.

The case is made of 316L grade stainless steel.  There are two versions: ORP Sokol comes with a white face, ORP Dzik with a black one. The hands, markers and the unidirectional rotating dive bezel are brightly luminous. Glass is made from sapphire crystal and is 2.7 mm thick.

The screwed caseback and crown are a standard in WR200 watches; here the crown comes with 2 O rings to ensure a reliable seal. Both the case and the crown are engraved, to pay a tribute to the story told by the watches; the story of the two Polish submarines – the P52 and the N97. Series of ORP Sokol and ORP Dzik are limited to 300 pieces each.

Technical details
Automatic movement SeaGull ST 2551 with hacking and handwinding
Power reserve:    45h
Frequency: 21.600 bps
Stainless steels case 316L
Case diameter: 42mm
Height: 15mm; Lug to lug: 55mm
Water Resistance: 200 meters
Sapphire crystal
Luminous Hands and Markers
Genuine leather strap 22mm, steel buckle
Wooden watchcase
24 month warranty

G.Gerlach Otago

The G.Gerlach  Otago is made for more conservative water sport fans because of very classic design. Due to the size of 42 mm it is highly visible, recognizable and comfortable. Rotating bezel with luminescent print and big 9mm crown are very handy even in diving suit.

This watch is a tribute for Joseph Conrad and his ship Otago. It is available in two colour variants: orange and graphite.

Limitation to 250 pieces each.

Technical details
Case: 42×50 mm, Stainless steel 316L
Glass: Sapphire crystal, anti-reflection coating
Water Resistance: 200
Movement: SeaGull ST-25
Genuine leather strap 22mm, steel buckle
Wooden watchcase
24 month warranty

G.Gerlach m/s Batory

m/s Batory was a famous Polish Transatlantic Liner. The  G.Gerlach m/s Batory is part of  marine-styled watches. The G.Gerlach m/s Batory timepiece is based in assumptions of 303 Fighter Squadron: the case is modified to accommodate new automatic movement.

Technical details
Case diameter:  40 mm without crown
Water resistance: 100 meters
Crown:  screwed
Movement: SeaGull ST2526, Class AAA, with grained plates and stained in blue screws
Strap: leather 20mm
Complexity: minor second (SubSecond) or big date
Warranty: 2 years
Enamel dial, thermal coloured hands
Two versions: with sub-second or with big date modules

G.Gerlach RWD-6

RWD-6 was a Polish sports plane designed in 1930s. It was a winner of the international tourist aircraft contest in 1932. The G.Gerlach RWD-6 watch is based in assumptions of 303.Fighter Squadron: the case is modified to accommodate new automatic movement (cases will not be exchangeable).

Technical details
Case diameter:  40 mm without crown
Water resistance: 100 meters
Crown: screwed
Movement: SeaGull ST2526, Class AAA, with grained plates and stained in blue screws.
Strap: leather 20mm
Complexity: minor second (SubSecond) or big date.
Warranty: 2 years
Two versions: with sub-second or central second modules.

G.Gerlach P.24

P.24 was an export version of P.11c polish fighter designed in 1930s. Delivered to air forces of Greece, Romania, Turkey and Bulgaria, proved to be universal and reliable fighter plane. Protected the sky of Greece well into 1941, and becoming the mainstay of Romanian own fighter plane, the IAR 80.

The G.Gerlach P.24 timepiece has a 40 mm case with water resistance of 100 m, and domed sapphire crystal with internal anti-reflecting coating. Matt, sandblasted case fits perfect to its military origins. This timepiece is powered with an automatic Sea Gull ST2551 AAA class movement with hacking, hand winding, and power reserve above 45h.

Technical details
Case diameter: 40 mm without crown
Water resistance: 100 meters
Crown: screwed
Movement: SeaGull ST2526, Class AAA, with grained plates and stained in blue screws.
Strap: leather 20mm
Complexity: minor second (SubSecond) or big date.
Warranty: 2 years

G.Gerlach PZL P.11c

This exceptional timepiece, also a 100% non-commercial project was inspired from the legendary PZL P.11c fighter plane made in Poland. It was the standard fighter plane of the Polish Air Force during the 1939 September campaign.

The movement used in this watch was the Sea Gull ST25 automatic movement. Sea Gull is the largest automatic movement manufacturer in the world and the fourth largest watch manufacturer in the world. The ST25 is a renowned and great movement used by many manufacturers. It is a 39 jewel movement with a very efficient automatic winding system and a power reserve exceeding 45 hours. The dial depicts the silhouette of the PZL P,11c aeroplane.

The stainless steel case is equipped with a screw-in back, showing the styled engine cover, applied over the Polish Air Force checkerboard and an engraved, unique serial number. The crown features a rubber gasket, which ensures a water resistance of 5 atmospheres and an engraving of the old PZL factory logo. The strap was made to complement the design of the watch and the buckle is shaped like the P.11c’s wing – the characteristic gull wing, first applied to a landplane – the P.11c by Kazimierz Pulawski, a Polish designer.

Technical details
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 44 mm, Lug width: 24 mm
Movement: Automatic Sea Gull ST25, 35 synthetic rubies, 45 hour power reserve, frequency of 21.600 a/h
Glass: Hardlex mineral with AR coating
Strap: Leather
Screw-in, stainless steel buckle
Wooden box

G.Gerlach 303 Fighter Squadron

This timepiece is a tribute to RAF 303 Fighter Squadron, the most effective RAF fighter unit during Battle of Britain. In fact it was a Polish Air force unit. Made with a bit refurbished 6B/159 specification, this collection has been produced in limited numbers.

Technical details
Case diameter:  40 mm
Water resistance: 100 meters
Crown: screwed
Movement: Gerlach G.3014
Strap: leather 20mm
Wooden box