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SALE GWQ-0055-JEG WWII German POW's Jaeger-LeCoultre P478 Wristwatch

This item is listed for historical interest only. It is not for sale.
Item #30030

Wristwatch belonging to a WWII German soldier. This item comes to us from the soldier's grandson. Although separate, this watch belonged to Schubert Gunther who also had this grouping of postwar ephemera. Schubert was a radio operator in North Africa during WWII and, anticipating being stripped of his belongings, mailed his watch back home to his wife in Germany before surrendering to allied forces. He spent the rest of the war in a POW camp and served as a laborer until the 50's. After the war, his wife sent the watch back to him in West Germany in 1949. The back of the watch has been engraved "Heidelberg W/Germany May 26, 1949 From Rosemarie 146-24-6447" and has the serial number 407028 stamped on it. The watch shows age and use but is still ticking and keeps great time. The band was replaced by Schubert in the 50's with a Speidel band patented in 1954. Some of the luminous material on the hands has broken off over time but about half still remains. The numbers show some discoloration but are otherwise in good condition. The watch shows its age but tells an excellent story.

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