Vintage Personalized Wristwatches & the Stories They Tell
"You never actually own a watch...You merely look after it for the next generation" *
* Thank you, Patek Philippe....
New Stories -- December 2020:
Click <WW2 /Cold War> menu above for the final update to my WW2 Holux watch inscribed with the names of six courageous Air Force pilots (three of whom were Killed-In-Action). B-17 co-pilot and POW Lt Donald Kitzman was the last survivor – he passed away on March 19, 2020. They all started pilot training together (Class 44-A-3) in April 1943 at Santa Ana CA. I bought this watch in 2015 – and it took me five years to research their stories, contact their families, and return the watch to the nephew of pilot Benjamin Brew.
Seventy-five years after the end of WW2, all six pilots are finally together again. Let us never forget their heroism -- charter members of the Greatest Generation!
The Time Capsule Collection of Vintage Watches
I have spent my entire life collecting something. It naturally started out with 1950s baseball cards (yup, I had all the Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays cards...) -- and of course my Mom threw them all out when I went to college. Over the next fifty years, that morphed into Victorian Furniture, Victor Talking Machines / Nipper collectibles, 19th Century Advertising; Opera memorabilia – and finally, vintage personalized wristwatches.
I'm still building my Time Capsule website -- I will be continuing to add new stories from my 40+ watch collection....so please keep coming back!