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FS: 1940s Submarine Tank War Watch - Engraved - WWII Provenance

For sale is a 1940s Submarine brand "waterproof" watch with all stainless steel case. The case is in very good condition with sharp edges and clear engravings. It is 22.1mm wide and 36.2mm tall. It is a unique early "waterproof" case design with sunk screws on the 4 corners, which allow the top and bottom of the case to be removed and the caseback to come apart (see photos). The champagne dial is in excellent condition, with gilt border and numerals. The blued steel hands contain their original lume, which has faded dark orange. The movement winds easily and runs strong, keeping accurate time. It comes on a period correct leather strap that is surprisingly long - the original owner either had giant wrists or wore it outside clothing (wet environment clothing, perhaps, considering the dive nature of the design).

My favorite part of the watch is the U.S. Army serial number engraved on the case back. I was able to use the Army database to identify the likely original owner, Private Eric Hasselberg of San Mateo California. I wasn't able to find much information about his military career, but I did find a photo of his tombstone, which has probably the best epitaph I've seen in a long time.

Take a look at the photos, and let me know if you have any questions for me!

Asking $750 shipped CONUS

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