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Auctioneers say the rare watch is an extraordinary find

Auctioneers say the rare watch is an extraordinary find

The Rolex Panerai Military Diver watch, which is estimated to fetch £30,000 to £40,000, came into the possession of British soldier George H Rowson during an attempt by German forces to destroy the Nijmegen Bridge in the Netherlands in September 1944. The aim of the battle – featured in the film A Bridge Too Far – was for the Allies to secure the bridge in order to gain quick access to the Dutch city of Arnhem, and subsequently, as part of a wider initiative known as Operation Market Garden, attempt to liberate the cities of Eindhoven and Nijmegen from German occupation. Mr Rowson, who has links to the Midlands – having lived in Coventry – hand wrote a letter after the incident. Michael Caine and Edward Fox in the film A Bridge Too Far He recounted: “German frogmen towed the charges down the Rhine to Nijmegen Bridge and fixed them underwater to the main supports. “Unfortun...

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