My father, Bing Atkin, a WWII Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, brought these binoculars back from the war. Now, 36 years after his passing, I must part with this very rare military collectible. World War Two German fixed focus binoculars Carl Zeiss lenses.Focus adjusting screws set into optical housing. The right shoulder is stamped with.
7 x 50 (magnification) 57057 (serial number) blc - The German Wartime code for Carl Zeiss, Jena. Includes what appears to be Original Cowhide Strap. Lenses in Excellent Condition, Perfect Vision. No touching up of paintwork has been done. The U-Boat 7X50 was manufactured from 1941 1945 specifically for use aboard submarines and was officially designated as the Doppelfernrohr 7X50 für U-Boote U-Bootglas 7X50.
Most were made by Zeiss but a smaller number were also manufactured by Emil Busch Rathenow (wartime code cxn). The second was made probably only in 1943 and had rubber armour without fold-back eye cups. The first type is the rarest many being lost during service use, and the third type is the most common.
Total manufacture of all types was probably between 16,540 to 25,000. The serial numbering of these binoculars is unusual and not consistent. Although the numbering of the first type runs from about 2108901 to 2194600, in 1943 a low serial number range for U-Boat 7X50 and other type binoculars was begun (while many other binoculars continued to be made in the high number range). Thus, in 1943 the numbering of U-Boat binoculars began at 38300 to end at approximately 69150 in 1945. The above information is taken from a translation of Dr.Hans Seegers book, Military Binoculars and Telescopes for Land, Air and Sea Service (3rd Edition 2005). The item "German WWII U-boat Binoculars 7 x 50 Carl Zeiss 1941-1945" is in sale since Thursday, October 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Germany\Personal, Field Gear". The seller is "tommygator" and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.