1949. Circular film, camera type clock. Something weird. Cameras arm aluminum chamber and safe. Steinheil VL 1: 2.5 / 12.5 mm Objektiv. With the feed belt and presentation box. Provenienz: Christie's South Kensington"" Leica Cameras, Cameras and Optical Toys"" , 8. Juli 1993, Lot 333. Literature: Michael Pritchard and Douglas St. Denny,"" Spy Camera"" , S. 130 (angebotene Kamera zeigt diese hier). Camera wristwatch with aluminum body and mirrors searching waist level. Steinheil lens VL 12.5mm f / 2.5. With light brown leather strap and display box manufacturer. Provenance: Christie's South Kensington"" Leica Cameras, Cameras and Optical Toys"" July 8, 1993, Lot 333. Literature: Michael Pritchard and Douglas St. Denny,"" Spy Camera"" , p. 130 (illustrated exactly this camera). Serial number: 564-B Production year: ca. 1949
a camera clock ABC Steineck (id. 9065), made in 1949, in Germany in the Cold War is in full. Although it sold only for three years (1948 to 1951) as, obtained good results it is possibly considered the best in its class.
Although this historic piece was not intended as a true spy camera (as you can see in the picture has no type field to mark the time), the truth is that its great similarity with watches that have a great demand over 50 years between amateur spies and detectives . This wonderful camera is a invention of Rudolph Steineck , which years later produced and patented the camera minitura Tessina (id 5586.)
This impressive wristwatch has an aluminum body and expensive leather strap. Its weighs 42 grams and measuring chamber 42.5mm long and 35mm wide, including the shutter. It is equipped with a Steinheil fixed focus lens 12.5mm (F2.5), with only shutter speed . Has two aperture settings, whether there is bright light or dim
The camera uses a movie carousel 24mm with 8 exhibitions , and it is curious that does not have a cap index for the carousel, so that pressing the trigger the risk of losing the record run. Their albums can be cut into a standard 35mm film. In fact, the burden of the film was quite difficult, as is well appreciated in extensive instruction manual accompanying this curious wrist watch camera. There indicated to charge the camera, the cassette is presioa slightly in place in the rear opening, and the knurled edge of the cassette is rotated clockwise until it stops and the red dots of the camera body and the cassette .
The instructions also indicate that to take the picture you have to hold the camera between the index finger and the thumb, and pressing the trigger thumb while the index stabilizes chamber exerting a counterpressure. Cassette automatically rotates to take the next picture, without advancing the film.