A Rare Swiss K 3-rotor Enigma Enciphering machine manufactured for the Swiss Government, Berlin, Heimsoeth and Rinke,  delivered 1938-40,

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Lot 12*
A Rare Swiss K 3-rotor Enigma Enciphering machine manufactured for the Swiss Government, Berlin, Heimsoeth and Rinke,
delivered 1938-40,

Sold for £ 50,062 (US$ 62,585) inc. premium
A Rare Swiss K 3-rotor Enigma Enciphering machine manufactured for the Swiss Government, Berlin, Heimsoeth and Rinke, delivered 1938-40,
a pre-war/early war Enigma machine, with serial number K784, manufactured for the Swiss Government. In original oak box with leather handle, rotors I, II, and III each with matching numbers K782 and a fourth umkerwalze (an adjustable reflector), standard QWERTY keyboard of 26 keys, white on black backgrounds, with separate remote display housed in part of the main case, additional wooden case with multiple voltage power transformer, with 3 wires. The lid with nine spare bulbs and green glare filter. The Enigma in its original Swiss made oak box, and with power transformer in oak box, enigma case 15in x 11in x 6in (38cm x 28cm x 15cm)

Footnotes

  • A rare example of the Swiss K, especially supplied to the Swiss government in 1938, 1939 and 1940 for use by their Army and Air Force. Given that Switzerland was neutral during WW2 it is likely that these machines were supplied as a gift so that relations between the countries could be kept on an even footing much as was the case with the banking sector. The K was derived from the commercial Enigma D (A27), which came into production from 1927, the D being provided to the railways of Germany and other friendly powers including Spain (during the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39), Italy and Switzerland. The Swiss made their first order for the Enigma D in 1938 when they ordered 14 machines, a further 39 machines in 1939 and finally two further batches in 1940, giving them some 265 machines in total, 102 for the Swiss Army and 163 for the Airforce. The additional light panel was supplied by a Swiss firm and incorporated into the large carrying case, which is of Swiss manufacture. The light panel is wired directly into the machine and makes it possible for a second operator to decode the more secret messages! The final variation from the standard Enigma D, is the power transformer, supplied by another Swiss company making it possible for 4 machines to be working off the same transformer.

    Interestingly enough the French broke the Swiss Enigma K in 1941, the Allies soon after, and the Germans had been reading the diplomatic and military messages since 1939 (even though the Swiss had rewired the machines as soon as they received them). Because the code had been broken, the Swiss developed a new machine the NEMA, which didn't come out until 1946.
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