Lot 204

Rolex military issue open faced pocket watch


Rolex military issue open faced pocket watch. Round nickel 48 mm case with plexi glass. Black dial with Arabic numerals, stylised blued hour and minute hands and an outer one minute track. Subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o' clock. Dial signed Rolex. Case stamped with the British military broad arrow and serial numbers G.S. MK II A.11846. G.S. MK II stands for 'General Service Mark II' and was Army issue circa 1935. Weight 85 grams. In original leather pouch. Currently in working order, however, Grand Auctions does not guarantee the working order or accuracy of any watches sold. This watch was owned by Sergeant Gordon Johnston Walker, also known as Jock Walker. Born in Glasgow in 1916 he joined the Royal Signals Army Corps in 1934 at Catterick as a career soldier. His first real posting was in India before the war. He came back to the UK when, as he put it, ''the threat of war hung over the nation''. His first taste of war was at Dunkirk and he later saw desert action with the 8th Army. It was here that he had the opportunity to join the new Parachute Regiment seeing action in Sicily. He then joined the Army Film and Photographic Unit (AFPU) after seeing a notice which read, ''Parachutists required to volunteer as Cameramen''. He received his photography training at Pinewood Studios and subsequently served as photographer at Falaise Gap, Arnhem (where he was one of three AFPU cameramen and one of only 2000 to escape) the Crossing of the Rhine, Germany and the liberation of the concentration camps at Belsen and Sandbostel. He wrote his memoirs in 1978 at the request of his family and died in 1992. The photograph shows Jock with his camera outside the Hartenstein Hotel in Oosterbeek in 1944. The hotel was used by Major General Roy Urquhart as his Divisional Headquarters during the battle for Arnhem. It is now the Airborne Museum Hartenstein. Please note that the photograph does not form part of this lot.

Auction Date: September 2012


£300 - £500

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