Kienzle Uhren Watches
Kienzle Uhren Watches are timepieces made by the German watch-maker of the same name.
These are clocks that were first made in a Schwenningen clocksmith’s workshop in 1822. In the early days, hand-crafted, wooden, twelve-hour clocks with a cord-driven winding mechanism were sold. A couple of decades later, the firm was large enough to sell night watchman’s recording clocks all over the world.
This offering was followed by the introduction of flywheel clocks which featured solid fourteen-day regulators. A hybrid gadget which was basically a cross between an odometer, a clock and a calculator later made it appearance on firm’s production list. Further expansion brought time stamp, kitchen, mantle and desk clocks into existence. Kienzle also made a well known rugged brand of pocket watches. Production of automobiles such Audi, Rolls Royce Renault and Ford opened a window of opportunity for increased activity at Kienzle. These automotive clocks were further developed to create the 8-day aviation clock.
The company was founded by Johannes Schlenker in 1822. His sons later took over the business at a time when it had 20 workers on payroll and it supplied at least 2000 pendulums and wall-clocks per annum. The year 1883 brought with it the inclusion of Jacob Kienzle’s in the list of owners. Jacob’s presence prompted the coining of a new name for the company that now employed over 60 people.
In 1897 Kienzle became the sole owner which saw Schlenker & Kienzle establish subsidiaries in both Milan and London by 1902. By 1908, the company boasted a production schedule of 560 models, 1700 staff members and sales that were well past the two million mark. 1956 was the year that the company offered the automatic wrist watches which came with a winding mechanism.
In 1976 Kienzle added yet another accolade to its already bulging basket in the form of Quartz LED watches. After a series of successful ventures, the company moved to Kienzle-House in Hamburg Germany in 2008.
Value and Notable Auction Sales
There are more than 200 brands of Kienzle clocks on offer at eBay. The prices range from as low as a dollar to as high as $2,000.
Popularity with Collectors
For over 200 years, the brand has experienced innumerable high moments. Among them is the comeback of the 1822 Kienzle. It was reintroduced with especial interest in the Indian market. An exclusive collection of the various brands that the label has supplied over the two centuries was presented for the first time at Baselworld 2007. Dr Michael Breyer who’s the Chairman of the Board of Management at Kienzle Ag in Hamburg was upbeat and called it his “biggest dream to experience firsthand” the re-establishment of this iconic brand.
It’s safe to assume that he was speaking on behalf several other antique watch collectors. Among the brands which complemented the collection is Kienzle Patek. It is a replica of an original model which was in circulation in the twenties.