Rolex Pocket Watch

Rolex Pocket Watch

Included in Collections: Militaria / Tain Burgh

Object Description

A Rolex Pocket watch from our collection that our database records as; “Rolex pocket watch, as issued to Officers in 1914 for synchronising before attacks. This one belonged to Lt. Ian Cameron, brother of Lt. George Cameron, Ex-provost of Tain.”

The database cannot be right, as the watch was not made until circa 1940, so could not have belonged to Lt. Ian Cameron who was killed in action during WW1.
Researching the watch we made the surprising discovery that Rolex was sending watches to British Officers that had been taken as a P.O.W during WW2. Angus George Cameron or A. G. D. Cameron the Ex Provost of Tain had been taken prisoner with the 4th Seaforth’s at St Valery-en-Caux in France and was held prisoner at the infamous Colditz Castle.

Could this be a Rolex “Prisoner of War Watch”?

Cat No. 0985
Collections Militaria / Tain Burgh
Date added May 29th, 2021
Added by Tain & District Museum
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    Colin Smith

    It is true that Hans Wilsdorf sent Rolex watches to British POWs on the understanding that they would pay for them if and when they were released. But these were Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatches, not pocket watches - after all, soldiers had started wearing wristwatches in WW1 for practical reasons.

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