Moral problems on a watch or brand

Robert-Jan Broer
December 12, 2004
Moral problems on a watch or brand

Do you have ever any moral problems on a watch? I mean, Fliegerwatches that were used by the Luftwaffe, Panerai watches that were used by the Italian Navy in WWII, U-Boat watches that were in the race to be elected by Nazi’s for their frogmen. Maybe even sooner, when a watch was used in any kind of war. The Glycine Airman used by US chopperpilots in Vietnam, Omega 30T2 watches used by the RAF in WWII and so on.

I am not one of those, however, the line is getting thin when it is about watches that would be actually used by Nazi pilots or soldiers who were on the wrong side in WWII. When I was attending the P-Day #3 meeting in Frankfurt, some guys where showing off all their Italian Navy collectibles, even an actual used divers suit used by the Italians in WWII. That is one step too far for me. That’s like the Nazi collectibles on eBay, I would never buy those. To each his own ofcourse. What about you? Would you buy a watch used in a war?

Personally, I definately could end up having an Omega 30T2 watch with RAF inscription from the 1940s, but I couldn’t do the same with a watch used by the Luftwaffe.

Click on comments on the below-right if you have some. I am curious to hear about them from other watchcollectors.

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Robert-Jan Broer

Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in... read more

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