Friday, December 19, 2008

Civility, trust and honour.

A “POW Rolex” Recalls the Great Escape by Alan Downing
Underlined in Wilsdorf’s letter to Nutting are the words, “…but you must not even think of settlement during the war.” The news that Rolex was offering watches on a buy-now- pay-whenever” basis must have spread through the camps like wildfire. More than 3,000 Rolex watches were reportedly ordered by British officers in the Oflag VII B POW camp in Bavaria alone...Wilsdorf hedged his bet further by making this offer available to British officers only, in the belief that their word was their bond.[emphasis mine]
Great story.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Exceptional story.

I think honour - true heartfelt honour - is something that is terrible short supply these days.