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LACO was founded in 1925 by Frieda Lacher and Ludwig Hummel. By 1936, Frieda's son, Erich, took over the family business and began trading as Erich Lacher Uhrenfabrik, though the "LACO" logo was still maintained on its timepieces. It was during the period 1936-1945 that LACO would gain its prominence and revered reputation for producing some of the finest clocks and watches to ever come out of Germany. Perhaps the most historically famous of the watches produced by LACO was the large Beobachter Uhr (observer watch) used by the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) before and during the Second World War. Today, these watches are highly collectible both for their history as well as their fine movements and precision timekeeping abilities. LACO continued to craft beautiful, highly accurate watches after the war was over, with all of these commanding many times their original purchase price in the collector market now. Marking the company's 75th anniversary in 2000, LACO began re-releasing many vintage styles they had made decades before. Presently, LACO's vintage selections comprise over a third of their total business, with more styles in development.
We offer an excellent selection of what we consider to be some of the very best styles made by LACO today, with a heavy emphasis on their vintage re-releases, especially the Beobachter Uhren. As an authorized agent for LACO in the USA, we can obtain virtually any watch style they produce. If you wish to purchase a watch style LACO produces and do not find it on our web site, just let us know which model it is and we should certainly be able to obtain it for you as a special order.
Good history at in this pdf: http://www.longislandwatch.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/laco_history.pdf
In 2010 for the 85th anniversary they did a limited edition of 85 watches of the 55mm pilot watch.
Lastly are pilot watches!