“I came across the watch via a retired clock repairman who found the watch in the tool box in a shed at an estate sale 28 years ago. This gentleman wandered in and asked me if I might be interested in his WWII pilot’s watch. He came back in about an hour later and I just about fell over. I was expecting something a bit different than a Lange.
He says he didn’t know exactly what it was but recognized that the watch was a quality timepiece. He subsequently researched it and discovered what it is. He came close to selling it in the 1980s. He states it was wrapped and ready to go to a friend in California whom collected military watches. The day before he mailed it, the man died. “
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