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Beautiful chess clock, created by Vaclav Vesely in times of Austro-Hungarian Empire (ca 1900-20). First evidence of the Vesely clock (with Roman numerals) appears in 1905 (F.Marshall vs S.Tarrasch, Nuremberg), first known Ad in 1911 (Wiener Schachzeitung). Information on the paper sticker indicates the address ‘Jungmannova 49’, advising that this clock produced <1920 (after 1920 ‘Jungmannova’ street was renamed to ‘Fochova’). Number ‘208’ indicates clock’s serial number. Photo: Jaromir Dubsky (1938).

'Schlenker & Kienzle' takes its history from Germany (1883); a subsiduary in Czechoslovakia was established in 1888 (to reduce the export taxes to the Austro-Hungarian Empire). There is a broad variety of known Czechoslovakia Kienzle chess clocks, produced between 1918 (when Czechoslovakia was founded) and 1939 (when it was broken up by Nazi). Tthis model should be an early generation: antique design elements, rare market presence as well as the least evidenced and described type of Kienzle label on the movement. Presumably produced in the late 1920th.

Early prewar chess clock with a very characteristic design: massive wooden block with a separated upper part, beautiful brass ring around the clockfaces, Arabic numbers. Despite the design unity, there is a huge variety in the wooden case size & movement types among different chess clocks (the reason for this I may just guess). Origin of its movement is unknown for me. Clock is dated back to 1930th (if not earlier). Massively used that times in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Czech, Austria, Hungary). Photo: R.Spielmann vs. B.Hönlinger (1935).

Another prewar chess clock, this time with Roman numbers. Movements have been produced by Junghans 'Schwenningen factory' (the trademark 'butterfly' was registered on 13.2.1925 to differentiate it from Jungans 'Schramberg factory' and already appear on 1925 Junghans Catalogue). Clock is dated back also to some 1930th. Photo: Women Chess Championship (Prague, 1936).


Prim Gambit is a product of Chronotechna, established in Liberec in 1946. Its production started in 1960th, slightly after German Ruhla Garde was introduced. Similarities between Garde and Gambit are obvious: it is not only about visual aspects (size, shape, position of flags and second hands) but also technological ones (position of movements as well as switching technology). Prim Gambit hasn’t found a huge international recognition, nevertheless it was quite popular in Czech and used even until now. Photo: Pachman vs. Hladik (Pardubice, 1993).