Minerva DH 1940s World War II Military Issued 34mm Lavina 105 Glossy Gilt DialMinerva
For auction is a 1940s Minerva DH watch caliber Lavina 105 34mm with dust cover chrome upper steel back with glossy gilt spectacular dial and a 'trophy watch' engraving. There were some 4 batches of Minerva DH watches and only one with Lavina movements denoted by: caseback saying Edelstahl Boden (steel back), inner caseback with LL stamp and dust cover on the movement. This example has perhaps the nicest dial on a Minerva DH watch to be seen; glossy black paint with gilt writing and a perfect colored patina. The extra unusual element of this watch is that it has an American style engraving JMC 11-22-1943 which denotes that it was likely taken off of a fallen German solider as a trophy watch for an American soldier. If only the watch could tell its story. These high grade watches are very affordable relative to a lot of other Minerva watches and make for great daily wearers even 80 years later.
Diameter: 34 mm w/out crown, 37 mm w/crown, 41 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 18 mm at the lugs tapering to 18 mm (will take a 18 mm strap)
Height: 12 mm
Power-reserve: 32 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 48 grams
Movement: Lavina caliber 105
Strap/Bracelet: Leather NATO
Case: Chrome upper showing medium wear with steel screwdown caseback with likely American engraving
Dial: Glossy black with gilt writing and amazing perfect color radium plots
Condition: 80% (8.0 of 10): case shows some wear but presents nicely and dial is exceptional, working correctly
Box/Papers: Watch only
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