The Return of Lou Cinfici's 1946 Benrus Watch - 1
Finding the Watch on eBay... and Contacting Lou
I purchased Louis Cinfici's Benrus watch in February, 2019 on eBay, after finding a great deal of information about him on the Internet. The Cinfici family of Reading PA is well-documented, thanks to their extraordinary military service -- four of the six brothers fought in WW2, as well as three of them in Korea and in Vietnam.
Through my research, I found that 91-year old Lou had recently retired to a senior living community near his hometown of Reading, PA. So one afternoon, I called the facility and tentatively asked the operator, "Is Louis Cinfici still a resident....". She replied "Yes", and (unexpectedly!!!) put me right through to Lou's apartment. I told Lou, "I am a vintage watch collector, and I believe I found your WW2 watch, with your name and Navy Service Number....." Lou seemed a bit stunned, and then asked, "What's the number?". I told him -- and he replied "That's me!!!!" After a long chat, I told him that I would be honored to return the watch to him.
Upon receipt of the watch, Lou contacted the local Reading Eagle newspaper, which was a featured article in their March 11, 2019 paper.