Panerai very rare and special Second World War military Diver wrist watch Panerai very rare and special Second World War military Diver wrist watch

The rare watch came into the possession of a British soldier during WWII. George H. Rowson acquired the watch from a Kampfschwimmer (German frogman) during a thwarted attempted on behalf of the German forces to destroy the important Nijmegen Bridge in the Netherlands, in September 1944.

The timepiece was eventually passed down to Rowson's son and has remained in single ownership since, having been worn only a few times.

Fellows experts estimated the Panerai watch would sell for between £30 000 - £40 000.

Laura Bishop, watch manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said: ''It is amazing to have a piece of history sell at Fellows Auctioneers. We are delighted to have been able to sell it for the local family.''

Alexandra Whittaker, a spokesperson for Fellows Auctioneers, said: ''Fellows is becoming known for our monthly specialist watch sales and we are happy to have started out first sale of the year with such a prestigious piece as our star lot. I am excited to see what our February Watch Sale will bring.''

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