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Navy trying to identify victim of plane crash

From American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, December 1959

Navy trying to identify victim of plane crash

A SWISS MAN'S WRIST watch found at the scene of a recent military plane crash in the East could lead to positive identification of a victim who might otherwise have to be buried as unknown military personnel in peace-time.


Navy officials report that demolition was so complete that the watch with its marks is the only means of identifying one of the victims.


As shown in the accompanying photo the watch is a Tavennes with serial number 134221, and the case was manufactured by the Keystone Company, of Riverside, N. J. The jeweler's watch mark is lR 6-14/4. Any watchmaker or jeweler having knowledge of this watch should write, giving the name of the owner, either to the United Horological Association of American Watch Mark Identification Bureau, 1901 East Colfax Avenue, Denver 6, Colo., or to the Navy Department, PO Box 2092, Denver 1, Colo.


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