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HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT WWII ROLEX MILITARY STAINLESS STEEL POCKET WATCH ,
circa 1939, the round white non luminous dial signed 'ROLEX', with Arabic hour markers, outer railroad seconds track in black, subsidiary dial at 6, 52mm case with broad arrow, 'B' and '5745' to the caseback and 5745 to the case edge, 15 rubies, calibre 548 movement signed 'ROLEX', along with a collection of miniature medals awarded to Sergeant Wilfred Henry Birch, the medals include the 1939 - 1945 Star, the Africa Star, the Italy Star, the WWII Defence Medal and the WWII War Medal with King's Commendation Oak Leaf
The Battle of Dunkirk was a massive military campaign during World War II whereby 338,000 British Expeditionary Force and other Allied troops were evacuated from Dunkirk as German forces closed in on them.
For eight months after Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared war on Nazi Germany, there was a period of stalemate known as the ‘Phoney War’ which all changed on the 10th of May 1940 when Germany launched a devastating attack on France and the low countries, known as the blitzkrieg or ‘lightning war’. The German forces invaded France through the Ardennes Forest moving steadily along the Somme Valley and towards the English Channel. As they advanced, they pushed the several hundred Allied troops into a very small pocket of the French coast. Meanwhile, Neville Chamberlain had resigned and Winston Churchill stepped up to the plate. At first, the British Government opposed evacuation but as the troops were forced onto the port of Dunkirk, this soon became the only answer as if the British troops were captured, we would have lost the war. The troops appeared doomed however they would soon receive a helping hand from an unlikely source: Adolf Hitler.
So convinced that his army would crush their enemies, Hitler decided to briefly halt advances of German troops bearing down on Dunkirk, known as the ‘Fuhrer Halt Order’, on the 24th of May as he was worried about a counterattack but he also believed that his air forces could prevent any evacuation attempts. This was considered the turning point of the war and inevitably, one of Hitler’s most critical mistakes that cost him the war. By the time that Hitler recommenced the attack, the Allies had gained precious time to put preparations in place to plan their evacuation and the only way out was via the water.
On the 26th of May, German forces resumed the attack and the evacuation, known as Operation Dynamo began. As Dunkirk had such a shallow beach, Navy vessels couldn’t reach the shore and the Allies put out a call for smaller ships to carry troops from the shore to the larger ships. Some were requisitioned by the Navy and others were manned by civilians. Over 1000 ships aided in the evacuation of Dunkirk and became known as the ‘Little Ships’ and this armada was imperative to the eventual rescue of 338,000 men. Whilst under constant gunfire, these brave troops stood shoulder deep in the freezing cold water, patiently waiting to be rescued. The unrelenting German bombardment meant that rescue ships were destroyed and many lives lost during the rescue attempt.
There were still instances of fighting and another evacuation, Operation Aerial, took place between the 15th to the 25th of June for troops who had made their way to other ports in Western France. Famously, the RMS Lancastria, one of the rescue vessels carrying thousands of troops and civilians, was attacked and quickly sank with a mass loss of life.
Resistance ended on the 4th of June and the German troops occupied Dunkirk. They hoped that the Dunkirk defeat would lead Britain to negotiate an exit from the conflict but instead, the Miracle at Dunkirk would become an iconic symbol of the British spirit, with Winston Churchill delivering his iconic speech, ‘We shall go on to the end… we shall not surrender.’ This is a testament to the many brave men that tragically lost their lives during the battle, reminding us that their sacrifice brought the salvation of the British nation.
This brings us to the incredibly impressive Rolex military pocket watch featured in the upcoming Watches Auction. These pocket watches were available circa 1939 either with a black or white dial. The white dial version was not intended for pocket use and the case was constructed without a chain bow. This particular example was manufactured so that it could be entered within a receptacle within a protective wooden case or on a vehicle instrument panel. Engraved with a ‘B’ to the reverse, this was designated by the Army as a ‘B type’ or backup timepiece to a chronometer watch. The snow white dial signed Rolex, shines brightly through the cracked glass and the story behind this should serve as a reminder of British history for generations to come. This brings us to the story of Sergeant Wilfred Henry Birch.
Wilfred was born on the 24th of December 1917 and attended grammar school until he joined the army at the tender age of 22 as the conflict was just getting underway. During his career, Wilfred held three stripes on his uniform and earned the King’s Commendation Oakleaf for brave conduct.
Throughout World War II, he was stationed in France and during Operation Aerial, Wilfred was given orders not to board RMS Lancastria but to stay behind and destroy equipment left behind by the BEF and Allied troops. This command would save Wilfred’s life as he miraculously avoided the ship which would later perish making it the largest maritime loss of life ever suffered by the Royal Navy.
During this command to destroy British defence equipment, Wilfred came across the Rolex pocket watch which had been left behind on the shores where Wilfred picked it up. It is reported that the glass was smashed upon his escape from France and although badly cracked, this remains in place within the watch. This is an ironic composition given the fragility of the glass which has remained intact under relentless attacks from Nazi Germany.
After serving in France, Wilfred later went on to serve in North Africa, Egypt and Italy. After his service in the Army, Wilfred returned to work for Goodyear and had two beloved children and three grandchildren. Later on in life, Wilfred ran a post office in Wallasey until he retired.
This incredible lot is offered with a collection of miniature medals awarded to Wilfred throughout his Army career. These include the 1939 - 1945 Star, the Africa Star, the Italy Star, the WWII Defence Medal and the WWII War Medal with King's Commendation Oak Leaf. These are a fantastic addition to the pocket watch which has been kept within the family ever since and will ensure that the Battle of Dunkirk and the sacrifice of all British troops during World War II will always be reflected upon with admiration.
The above information was supplied to us by the current vendor who is Sgt. Wilfred Henry Birch's grandson which we believe to be factual.
The condition of watches offered at auction varies widely due to factors including age, possible restoration, repair and general wear and tear. Condition reports relate to watches’ condition at the time of inspection by McTear’s specialists, McTear’s cannot guarantee watches to function beyond that point. Watches are not tested in house for accuracy, duration or water tightness. Buyers should assume that all watches purchased will require regular servicing to be useable and reliable. If McTear’s have been unable to open a watch case safely then the completeness and functionality of the movement within cannot be commented on or guaranteed. McTear’s cannot offer any form of guarantee that movements and/or all component parts are original to any watch.
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If you prefer to bid by telephone, we will call you during the auction and bid on your behalf to your instructions. To arrange telephone bids, please contact us at least 24 hours prior to the auction.
Auction: The Luxury Edit | Rolex, Cartier & More, Thu, 11th Aug 2022
The Watches Auction is no stranger to big names such as Rolex, Cartier, Breitling, and more and it just so happens that these brands amongst others will feature in the August Watches Auction.
A sleek Breitling Transocean wrist watch features alongside an equally as sleek and sporty lady’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual. If you are looking for something to keep up with this years’ Formula One and wouldn’t look out of place on the racetrack then a Tag Heuer Professional Formula One wrist watch is the one for you.
One of the most interesting lots of the auction takes us back to wartime. A Jaeger Le Coultre WWII military pocket watch complete with full military markings is featured. One of the ‘Dirty Dozen’, Jaeger Le Coultre were one of the twelve main brands to produce military watches for the British Ministry of Defence during the Second World War.
Whatever your style, The Watches Auction has plenty to choose from.
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Further entries are invited for the next watches auction on 22nd September. For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, make an appointment to visit our Glasgow Galleries, or contact our specialists by clicking this link and completing the short form.
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Certain items incur a Droit de Suite charge (which will be indicated in catalogues with the * symbol with explanation clearly stated). Under Droite de Suite or Artist's Re-sale Rights legislation, auctioneers and art market professionals are required to collect royalty payments for all works of art by living artists and artists deceased within the previous 70 years, sold above the hammer price of 1000 euros, which is approximately £750. The royalty of 4% of the hammer price is charged to the Buyer, in addition to the Buyer’s Premium and is not subject to VAT. All royalty charges are paid to the Design and Artists Copyrights Society (DACS) and no handling costs or additional fees are retained by McTear’s. Please check with the Auctioneer if you are unsure whether this royalty is payable on any Lot that you are considering bidding for. Please note that the royalty payment is calculated on the rate of exchange at the European Central Bank on the date of the sale.
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7. Pictures – Catalogue Descriptions, Authenticity and Condition Reports Terminology
Full artist’s name: In our considered opinion, a work by the named artist.
Attributed to: In our opinion, likely a work by the named artist.
Studio of: In our opinion, probably a work by a student of the named artist and possibly under the direction of the named artist.
Manner of: In our opinion, a work which is in the style of the named artist but not necessarily by a student or associate of the named artist.
After: In our opinion, a later work, sometimes a copy of a specific work by the named artist which may or may not be authorised.
Only when the artist’s full name is catalogued without “Attributed to, Studio of, Manner of or After” (or any other qualification) is the authenticity of the work guaranteed by McTear’s. The extent of this guarantee is 21 days from the auction date and any enquiry regarding authenticity must be notified to McTear’s in writing within 21 days of the auction date. Beyond this 21 day period, no challenge to authenticity will be valid. Any refund (at McTear’s discretion) will be limited to the hammer price paid plus commission and VAT. No transport costs or ancillary charges will be refunded.
Authenticity of even the best known of paintings can sometimes be a matter of conjecture and so-called ‘experts’ often disagree. The work of most artists varies considerably during their lifetime and whilst the style they may be best known for is generally identifiable, early work is often more difficult to authenticate. McTear’s endeavours to catalogue Lots as accurately as possible and to resolve any dispute between Buyer and Seller with fairness and impartiality.
McTear’s will be happy to provide a written (email) condition report for any Lot with a value of £200 or more. Verbal condition reports can usually be provided for lesser value pictures. Whilst every effort is made to provide an accurate report, none of our staff is a qualified picture restorer and therefore any condition report offered should be accepted as an indication of any obvious issues or problems or the lack of them. Buyers are urged to satisfy themselves in respect of the condition of any Lot and McTear’s can provide contact details of local professional restorers who will provide fully comprehensive expert reports – usually for a modest charge.
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McTear’s does not sell electrical and/or mechanical items as a general rule. Where electrical and/or mechanical items do appear for sale there is no guarantee of working order or of safety. These factors are the responsibility of the potential Buyers. Similarly, upholstered and fabric settees, sofas, and other soft furnishings must be examined by the Buyer prior to purchase to ascertain safety. McTear’s does not accept responsibility for the Buyer’s neglect to do so.
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A sale is complete when the Auctioneer announces its completion by the fall of the hammer but until such announcement is made the Buyer may retract his bid. The property in a Lot shall not pass to the Buyer from the Seller until he/she has paid the purchase price in full but not withstanding that the property in the Lot has not passed the risk or loss of damage to the Lot shall pass to the Buyer on the fall of the hammer. The Auctioneer may, without giving any reason therefore, decline to accept the bidding of any person or persons and/or withdraw the Lot from the Auction before the fall of the hammer. In the event of any dispute over any aspect of bidding, the Auctioneer shall have absolute discretion to settle such dispute.
Bidding increments shall be at the absolute discretion of the Auctioneer.
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The Auctioneer or a Company employee can bid on your behalf, but neither McTear’s nor the Auctioneer will be responsible for failure to do so. Where identical commission bids are received for a Lot, the Auctioneer reserves the right to give priority to the first recorded bid.
McTear’s reserves the right to refuse bidding by any person until all outstanding debts owed by that person to McTear’s are settled.
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Commission bids and requests for telephone bidding must be received by McTear’s by 9am on the day of the sale. Commission bids do not include Buyer’s Premium. Those instructing commission and telephone bidding are deemed to have read and accepted McTear’s Terms and Conditions. Commission and telephone bidding are free services offered by McTear’s and McTear’s accepts no responsibility for failing to execute a bid or any errors connected to it. Telephone bidders should provide two telephone numbers. There is a limit to the number of telephone lines available for each Lot and interested parties are advised to submit requests as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
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McTear’s Live Auctions allows online bidding in real time with the auction. Lots purchased online are subject to an additional 3% of the hammer price plus VAT thereon. Identification details and credit card details will be required to register for online bidding. These card details will be used to pay all charges immediately following the auction. Registration must be completed by 9am on the day of the sale. McTear’s reserves the right to approve or otherwise bidders for the Live Auctions. Bidders are required to read the terms and conditions of ATG Media, which can be found at www.the-saleroom.com. Bidding using this service is the responsibility of the Buyer and clicking the Bid button is a commitment to buy and pay in full the relevant Lot. McTear’s will not be held responsible for failure of the online bidding service or for incorrect information provided by the-saleroom.com.
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The-saleroom.com delivery service is available for this sale and they will contact purchasers by email after the sale. Larger or multiple items, particularly paintings, can usually be transported "door to door" UK mainland for a typical cost of £70 + vat by Aardvark Art Services Ltd who can be contacted at 01253 794673.
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4. Cataloguing and Photography
All items entered for sale are catalogued and described as the Auctioneer and staff see fit. Items entered into specialist auctions are in most cases photographed by McTear’s resident professional photographer. There is a £10 Lotting Fee per lot applicable to items in specialist auctions. For items entered into all McTear’s auctions there is a minimum commission of £4 plus VAT per lot.
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8. Unsold and Withdrawn Items
Unsold items are automatically reoffered for sale. Where the item originally had a reserve price, this reserve price will be reduced at the discretion of the Auctioneer. By consigning an item for sale the Seller agrees that this reserve reduction will apply to the Lot should it be unsold. Should the Seller not wish to have the Lot reoffered, he/she must inform McTear’s of this and collect the Lot within seven days of the first auction date. Any unsold Lot uncollected within seven days will be offered for sale with a reserve price reduced to the level deemed reasonable by the Auctioneer.
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If, following an auction, a Lot is deemed by the Auctioneer to be of no commercial value the Seller authorises the disposal of the Lot at no cost to the Seller.
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10. Items, including Lots, left with McTear's
You shall at your own risk and expense remove unsold/withdrawn items within seven days of the auction, after which time McTear's reserves the right to hold the Seller liable for charges in storing the item(s) or for expenses incurred by McTear's for storage of the item(s) at a facility outwith the premises. (After seven days from the auction date a £10 handling charge per item will apply, followed by a £5 per item per day storage fee, all plus VAT.) Responsibility and risk for an item(s) held by McTear's prior to sale, including items held for appraisal, evaluation or valuation lies with the Seller and not with McTear's. McTear's shall not be responsible for damage or loss, however occasioned or arising, in respect of any item consigned with or otherwise held by McTear's except where such loss or damage shall be caused by fault and/or negligence of McTear's and/or a person for whom McTear's is responsible.
11. Cover for Loss
Unless specified by the Seller in writing, all items held by McTear's, including items held for sale, appraisal, evaluation or valuation, will be insured by McTear's against fire, theft and accidental damage with an insurer of McTear's choice, for which insurance McTear's shall charge a premium of 1.5% plus VAT on its best valuation of the item(s). McTear's shall have absolute discretion to determine the level of cover provided by said insurance. The insurance cover provided will be subject to such conditions and exemptions as specified by the insurer. A copy of the policy of insurance shall be provided on request. It is the responsibility of the Seller to request a copy of the policy of insurance and to satisfy himself as to its terms. Sellers may, at their own discretion, obtain separate policies of insurance in respect of the item(s) to be left with McTear's.
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