Germany - Third Reich: Luftwaffe Kadlec manufactured AK39 Wrist Compass, 1st pattern Fl. 23235 marked, as used by various German pilots and crew members from the early Second World War. All black bakelite form, base clearly marked with pattern label within the black backing face, and numbered: ‘23102’, with 360 markings on the outward face, usual air bubble within the liquid, and still in working order. Without wrist strap. This example was manufactured by the Kadlec firm in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Condition: one contact chip to the bakelite rim evidence of use, overall a fair example of type.
The AK39 Wrist Compass was designed for wear by pilots and crew for correctly calculating their position if forced to bail out or after a crash. Though it was designed to be worn on the wrist, it was commonly attached to various other pieces of equipment (zipper, straps, etc.).