WW2 GERMAN LUFTWAFFE FIGHTER PILOT’S AIR CREW WRIST COMPASS
WW2 German Luftwaffe Wrist Compass. Features a moulded, black, white and clear bakelite construction, clear, liquid filled, AK39 wrist compass with a blackened leather wrist strap and alloy fittings. The compass has a clear, bakelite, top panel, a half clear and half white bottom panel and a black bakelite body. The top panel has repeating, vertical grooves to the outside top and side edges, a single, central, black stripe, a central red circle and small, raised, black bakelite tabs to each side. One of the small, raised, black bakelite tabs has a raised center point while the other has a central "V’ depression and they were utilized as target aiming, gun sight. The top panel rotates for aligning directional headings as required. When the top panel is rotated, half of the interior bottom panel also rotates moving the internal, bottom white plate designed to set a specific course as required. The clear, liquid filled, interior of the compass has a floating, white, bakelite panel with a black, directional arrow and three hundred sixty degree, black, directional markings in increments of thirty with black numerals at, "3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30," and "33", with a red "N" at the 360 degree point indicating north. The interior directional plate doesn’t float very freely in the liquid and the compass is quite inaccurate. The interior, white section of the bottom plate is well marked with the black printed designation, "AK39", the Luftwaffe Flying/Flight, contract/requisition number, "Fl 23235-1", and an additional, faint, unknown numeral, "129519". The lower body of the compass has small, extended panels to each side with a central drilled slot and an inserted, small, opened rectangular, alloy bar to secure the two piece, wrist strap to the compass. The compass comes complete with the blackened leather wrist strap with a pronged, opened rectangular, natural, alloy length adjustment buckle to one end and eleven corresponding buckling eyelets to the other. The straps each have a small, cut-out, eyelet with an inserted, brass alloy retaining stud for securing it to the compass. The compass is in overall fairly good condition with minor age yellowing to the clear bakelite plates.
|Dimensions||25 × 10 × 10 cm|