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    wartime 'great escape'Rolex -fascinating read

    if this has previously been posted i apologise -just a fascinating read -with its history present i would think this would command a much higher price than the valuation- its just got everything going for it - auction is next week i believe
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    Re: wartime 'great escape'Rolex -fascinating read

    Hi Shameless, I'd heard about it from my manager at work who also thought it a very interesting tale.
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    Re: wartime 'great escape'Rolex -fascinating read

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    Hi Shameless, I'd heard about it from my manager at work who also thought it a very interesting tale.
    hi buddy , my late father was a RAF prisoner of war -but unfortunately without the promisory funds of an officer - unbelievable the Rolex mantra at that time ! those were the days of trust and gentleman of the highest order methinks

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    Re: wartime 'great escape'Rolex -fascinating read

    Interesting story. Thanks for posting. I'd like to know how much it fetched in auction. Also, unless it was specifically called out in the will, I'd keep it in the family. Seems a shame to sell the watch with that much family history.
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    Re: wartime 'great escape'Rolex -fascinating read

    Good reading. Thanks for posting.
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    Re: wartime 'great escape'Rolex -fascinating read

    That is an amazing story, for sure. I'm just stunned one could order a watch while in a freakin' German POW camp! I mean, I couldn't get a Tissot bracelet at Saks Fifth Avenue in McClean, Virginia...a German POW camp?! Man, that put's customer service in a whole 'nother universe.
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    Re: wartime 'great escape'Rolex -fascinating read

    "The offer was made only to British officers because they were seen as honourable gentlemen."

    I guess all those Yank officers were seen by Rolex as less than honourable gentlemen!
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    Re: wartime 'great escape'Rolex -fascinating read

    Quote Originally Posted by Camguy View Post
    That is an amazing story, for sure. I'm just stunned one could order a watch while in a freakin' German POW camp! I mean, I couldn't get a Tissot bracelet at Saks Fifth Avenue in McClean, Virginia...a German POW camp?! Man, that put's customer service in a whole 'nother universe.
    hi cam -i was aware of the relationship of rolex and british officers and the ordering of watches at that time - but the relatively recent demise of the gentleman and his military background history , access to it and the endless information that is available is probably quite unique that just adds value -
    footnote the watches probably arrived on the same trucks that brought the sweetmeats the yanks were getting from back home !!!!

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    Re: wartime 'great escape'Rolex -fascinating read

    Very interesting!
    Thanks, Peter.
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    Re: wartime 'great escape'Rolex -fascinating read

    Great story -- thanks for posting!

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