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Wanted By F.B.I.

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, April, 1942

Wanted By F. B. I.

In connection with an official investigation being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it would be appreciated if you would check your files since May 1935, for any record of a Bulova President wrist watch (known as Bulova strap watch), 21 jewel, case number 2,083,240, repair number on inside of case 6,489.

Any information in your possession relative to this watch should be promptly reported to the nearest office of the FBI.

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