The watch from 1928 has numerous complications. In addition to the procession of the apostles, there is the ringing of the angelus, a music box, the display of the day, month, day of the week and moon phase and above all, death wields his scythe over the people "Momento mori".
The clockmaker Nikolaus Feis used a high-quality clockwork from the Gustav Becker company (Freiburg, Silesia) and took months of work to make works by hand that set the figures from the Oberammergau woodworking workshop in motion at 12 noon and trigger the angelus ringing (6 a.m. and 6 p.m.) .
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Nikolaus Feis was born on May 9, 1878 in Wadern in the Saarland. On June 6, 1904, he married Maria Jahanne née Pauly in Duisburg. He died on December 23, 1943 in Asbach in the Westerwald.
In 1902 he started working as a watchmaker in Asbach, cycling to the surrounding towns to pick up or deliver watches, some of which he carried on his back. In 1912 he built the business building that still exists today in Bahnhofstrasse, where, in addition to his work as a watchmaker, he also sold jewelry and worked as a photographer, including developing and enlarging. He was also a radio technician from the very beginning.
Order of the Apostles
1 Peter with key
2. Andrew, brother of Peter with a sloping cross
3. James the Elder
4. John, brother of James with cup
5. Simon Zelotes with saw
6. Matthew the Evangelist
8. Thomas with a square measure
9. James the Younger with a fuller's pole (a cloth maker's tool)
11. Judas Squidward with club
12. Judas Iscarioth with money bag