Bulova Watch Lost at Sea During WW2 Reunited with Owner After 67 Years, Still Ticking

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A Royal Navy veteran has been reunited with his watch, 67 years after he lost it during World War II—and, it worked perfectly. In 1941, Teddy Bacon, a lieutenant aboard HMS Repulse, was throwing a line from ship to shore when the gold Bulova watch, bought in the Azores for $55, slipped off his wrist and into Gibraltar Harbor. The timepiece was never found, until the harbor was dredged, seven decades later.


After seeing his watch splosh into the water, Teddy sent down a couple of divers to search for it, but without any luck. So, he informed the deputy harbor-master who logged the missing object. Fast-forward to 2007, and the watch turned up during the dredging of the harbor. When the authorities checked the log, they found Teddy's claim, and sent the watch, still ticking, off to him. Now 90 years old, the reitred sailor couldn't believe his eyes when a package containing his gold watch arrived at his new home.

'To say I was stunned could be considered a major understatement,' he said. "It truly was a miracle that I had been reunited with that watch after a lifetime. Now I wear it every day and it keeps perfect time, even after all those years in the water. It is absolutely excellent and I consider it a long-lost friend.'" [Daily Mail]


@sqeakytoy of the apocalypse: This really was a strange set of events for the man to get his watch back. First, they found it.

Second, the guy digging through the muck didn't keep it.

Third, they actually checked their records to see if there was a claim.

Fourth, the guy checking the records actually went all the way back to 1941 to see if there was a claim, and not just the last ten years.

Fifth, they actually tried to find the guy who made the claim, even though he would likely be dead by now.

Sixth, they did find him

Seventh, he wasn't dead.

Eighth, it still worked.