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    Grand Master
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jega View Post
    Absolutely incredible provenance. Likely to fetch nearer the top end of the guide range I expect.

    David

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    It'll smash the estimate to smithereens I think David.

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    What a fantastic story behind this amazing watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannop View Post
    It'll smash the estimate to smithereens I think David.
    Agreed!

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    Nice story,nice watch but for how much money it will be sold?

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    IIRC Rolex cancelled the "debts" (i.e. the bills) of the British PoW officers after the war as a gesture of goodwill.

    Which makes it even nicer.

    Can't see them doing that these days :-( (unless they got MASSIVE publicity for it)

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    I can't help finding it remarkable that during WWII POWs could buy goods and have them shipped to the camps. I guess it was another time. I also find it strange to (but not illogical) to think that Swiss manufacturers were selling time pieces and movements to both Allied and Axis countries and personnel. I suppose its easy to think that in a time of war there is a very definite split between the combatants and their countries, but the more I read about warfare it appears there is always contact between people at all levels even if the conflict is particularly bitter. It seems to me that it makes it all the more tragic that people choose to fight in the first place.

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    Harry, I think there's always people profiting from war - and often from both sides at the same time.

    Switzerland must have been an interesting place in 1939-45: spies, merchants, dealers, diplomats, refugees - and a lot of money / contacts / documents / deals. Like Rick's bar in Casablanca -- "only more so."

    Keeping it neutral suited both sides.

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    Great story - really enjoyed reading it

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    Sold for 50,000.

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    This is a great story! For a watch newbie like me. It makes me focus on the watches with history. Many thanks for sharing. Bumping it up for others who have never seen it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweepinghands View Post
    This is a great story! For a watch newbie like me. It makes me focus on the watches with history. Many thanks for sharing. Bumping it up for others who have never seen it.
    So here's a better link.

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    Thanks for the link. It was a great story. One of the many war experiences rescued from being lost. Imagine the stories from those who made it through out of the 76. Whooo...

    As a military man myself, I know the pain of marching 40 or 50km. 95km is a killer under any circumstance. They must have been mentally really strong to have survived the march.

    Once again, thanks for the read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    So here's a better link.
    What an absolutely brilliant story.
    Thanks for the link

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    Great sorry sold for 50k

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    Great story, thanks for posting and all the more relevant as I'm on a battlefield tour in Monte Cassino at present..

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    A damn good-looking unit as well. Wonder how she runs?

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    A great read, and an equally great looking watch.

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