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Posted by Leo Jakobson on June 10, 2008

I came across an interesting little tidbit about an incentive supplier recently while surfing the Web. It seems a former British Navy officer was recently reunited with the gold Bulova watch he dropped. From the deck of the HMS Repulse. Into Gibraltar Harbor. In 1941. It was still ticking when workers dredging the harbor found it. In 2007.

Because then-Lieutenant Teddy Bacon had reported his loss, the workers were eventually able to trace him and return the watch. Now 89, Bacon reportedly told Britian’s Daily Mail, “'To say I was stunned could be considered a major understatement … Now I wear it every day and it keeps perfect time, even after all those years in the water. It is absolutely excellent and I consider it a long-lost friend.”

And for the record, Lieutenant Bacon nearly suffered the same fate as his watch. On Dec. 10, 1941, the World War I-era battlecruiser was struck by several Japanese torpedoes and sank. According to the BBC, 513 of its crew lost their lives.


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