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The Watch and The War (VIDEO)
  • The story of Lt. Benedict Brucia, an American naval intelligence officer in WWII, and the mysterious origin of his rare 1938 Panerai Radiomir wristwatch.

    In the 1950's, Jim Brucia, a six-year-old boy, used to play with a watch his Uncle Ben brought home from the War. Jim remembered that the oversized watch, large on the wrist of an adult, seemed gigantic to him. When Ben died in 1972, Ben's daughters gave Jim the watch.

    When Jim Brucia took his uncle's watch out of the drawer, where it had lain for decades, he discovered that it was a rare example of secret military engineering—and the key to understanding the role his Uncle Ben had played in the War.