However, as I was reminded of it's history, it made me delve into the darker days and i have spent considerable time looking at the senselessness that occurred during the second world war and the reprisals. but this post should not go down that path and just note that after the German surrender and when it was managed by the 4 Allied powers, East Germany fell in the Communist part of it and for the watch companies based in Glashütte, it resulted in a watch conglomerate being formed in 1951, the VEB Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe (GUB). During the GUB period, simpler, low cost and robust timepieces were the order of the day.
Drawing back a bit further though, about a hundred years before all of that, the story of watchmaking in Glashütte began with Ferdinand Adolphe Lange, who decided to bring watch making to the town in 1845 and set up his watch manufacture there. The town was originally a silver mining town but after four centuries, in the 1800s, that resource was running out and it was struck by hardship. Lange, together with other enterprising and capable watchmakers like Julius Assmann[At Deutsche Präzisions-Taschenuhrenfabrik, he manufactured precision watches outfitted with elements typical of Glashütte, such as the three-quarter plate and a hand-engraved balance cock, that were awarded prizes all over the world], Moritz Grossmann[Founded the German School of Watchmaking in 1878], established watch manufacture in the town. The rich history of the place can be discovered at the German watch museum in Glashütte or in it's information online LINK
After GUB privatisation, Walter Lange obtained the rights to the Lange name and started A. Lange & Söhne(now under Richemont Group) and Swatch Group owns Glashütte Original. Glashütte Original is one of the few watchmakers that uses its own movements, and it has 10 proprietary movement innovations. The characteristics of the classic Glashütte Original design transform each mechanical movement into a miniature masterpiece epitomizing the German values of quality, precision and reliability. The brand continues to pursue this tradition today, creating mechanical masterpieces in accordance with the rigorous standards of the Saxon art of watchmaking. The brand’s masterpieces evoke fascination due to the passion and high precision that drive their development. Limited-edition models such as those dedicated to Julius Assmann and Alfred Helwig, and its timepieces decorated with Meissen porcelain dials are much sought-after by collectors.