One of the few advantages to growing old is that you can recall middle aged schoolmasters who actually fought in World War II. And it wasn’t difficult to get them off the topic of Geography, History or quadratic equations and have them recount first hand war stories.
Then there was a constant diet of action war comics such as those from the War Picture Library or Commando. These were 64-page complete picture stories, which, like the stories from many of the teachers, concerned lesser-known battles and actions, but were no less vivid or exciting to hear or read about. Blood and glory for a shilling together with a Barratts Sherbet Fountain, and you were guaranteed a most enjoyable afternoon skulking in the long grass behind the cricket nets.
Rellum military watch
This watch is from Derek Dier’s Watches To Buy website, always an excellent first port of call to seek out unusual and highly desirable vintage watches. This Swiss made military Rellum was produced for the German military during WWII. The 41.5mm rhodium plated case had a stainless steel screw back and fixed lugs making it possible for you to fix your own NATO strap for a dashing, eye catching look. This watch has a turning bezel with a triangular marker. The watch features the original cathedral style hands and large onion crown. The manual 15 jewel movement was recently cleaned and keeps good and time.The dial was custom re-finished with vintage lume, outer red seconds register, and white print, so the dial itself has been restored to a beautiful fresh finish.
The asking price is $2,150.00, but of course, as a war time commando, you’d have sliced your man from ear to ear and simply taken the watch off him as a spoil of war.
Another great WWII example , this time on Ebay, is this rare ERAX Extra military watch, again with a 15 jewel hand winding movement in a 35 mm case. This watch was made in Germany around the 1940’s. With all original parts, it’s a bargain at just $480.00.