Original Unused Old Stock Plangg & Pfluger Automaton Soccer / Football Pocket Watch, Austria ca 1934
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Extremely Rare and Unusual Museum Quality ** Original Unused Old Stock Plangg & Pfluger Automaton Soccer / Football Pocket Watch, Austria ca 1934**
This rare and unusual Automaton Soccer / Football Pocket Watch is said to be an early example of merchandising in relation to the FIFA World Cup.
With its automaton of a player animatedly kicking a soccer ball… which in fact is this pocket watch’s sub seconds hand… and beautifully illustrated vintage polychrome dial we literally can imagine the championship game in action. That’s why this piece represents the ULTIMATE in vintage soccer / football collector pieces.
This pocket watch also shows some unusual characteristics from a watchmaking point-of-view: The sub seconds hand turns COUNTER-CLOCKWISE (!) as it ticks off the seconds… and the time is set by pushing on the winding crown rather than by pulling it out as almost always otherwise is the case.
Finally, this vintage sports memorabilia time piece never has been used. Hidden away in a draw since it was manufactured, it’s in MINT, BRAND NEW condition and still has the original manufacturer’s hang-tag attached.
Dimensions: 50 mm excluding the pendant and winding crown
Dial Signed: SOCCER
Hang-Tag Signed: Watch Factory Plangg & Pfluger, Budenz / Austria; Article Number 5001/P
Condition: Mint, Unused Original Old Stock. Newly serviced and lubricated by our master Swiss watchmaker.*********
Plangg & Pfluger Watch Company, Austria
The Uhrenfabrik Plangg & Pfluger was founded in 1922 when J. Plangg, R. Plangg and O. Pfluger, took over Obrecht & Company’s watch factory on Klarenbrunnstrasse in Bludenz, Austria.
From the onset they produced and sold pocket watches worldwide, including their well-known “Montfort" brand.
In 1938, with the annexation of Austria by Germany in World War II, Bludenz became the district capital in the Reichsgau Tyrol Vorarlberg and Plangg & Pfluger’s production became consecrated to the defense industry.
After the end of the war, the Company’s production once again returned to watch manufacture, so that by 1950 the firm’s production reached 20,000 pocket watches and 10,000 wristwatches per month.
This continued until 1967 when Plangg & Pfluger, by then the sole watch manufacturer in Austria, went into receivership as the result of a multitude of “unlucky” occurrences. At this point Swiss firm Silvalux took over the factory and production. However within a year they in turn also ceased all manufacturing activity, bringing Austria’s last watch manufacturing activity to an end.
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- Uhrenfabrik Plangg & Pfluger
- ca 1934
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- Mint, Unused Vintage Stock