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Tutima, the German watch brand, can trace its origins to 1927 when two companies, Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik Glashütte AG (UROFA) and Uhrenfabrik Glashütte AG, known simply as UFAG, were founded. Both of these firms were run by Dr. Ernst Kurtz.
Kurtz was blessed with great foresight and recognised that the popularity of wristwatches would grow at the expense of pocket watches. He was eager to convey the reliability and robustness of his watches and chose the name, ‘Tutima’, a Latin word, meaning ‘safe, secure’.
Based in the watchmaking enclave of Glashütte, Tutima soon became known for its pilots’ watches, a reputation which continues to endure to this day. During World War II, UROFA-UFAG was tasked with making the legendary Flieger Chronograph for the German Luftwaffe. Between 1941 and 1945, Kurtz’s firm produced 30,000 pilots’ watches, each equipped with the iconic UROFA 59 calibre.
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