Please reply if you are able to help this lady out:
I hope that you can give me some advice, and I was not sure that a forum-post was an appropriate approach for this question. I found your website while I was trying to locate photographs and values of various collectible watches.
My deceased father left his mid-1950’s vintage Breitling watch to me and it was stolen in a burglary last Thursday near San Diego, CA. (There was also a 1945 Patek Philiippe Calatrava, and an early 1900’s Hamilton rectangular face/leather band stolen, but they do not have the same sentimental value). Is there any way that your website/team members could help me locate them, if they are placed for sale on the internet (or elsewhere), since they are collector’s pieces? The Breitling is a very sentimental piece for me as my dad died on my birthday in 1992.
The Breitling watch is a mid-50’s rose gold Transocean Chronograph on a leather band. The watch still runs well and my husband has loved wearing it occasionally. I am not aware of any engraving that would specifically identify it.
My father was a US Air Force B-17 pilot in WWII, flying out of England in 1943 and continued his military career instructing and flying in Alaska in the 50’s and then at the Pentagon in Air Research and Development with a specialty in cold-weather operations. He retired as a highly-decorated full Colonel in 1968, I feel I owe it to his memory to get the watch back. Flying and competitive sailing were his lifelong passions. Pilots and sailors have always had each other’s backs and are a very tight community.
I would be so appreciative if there is any advice you can provide (even just a quick email to say there is nothing you can do) although and photos and an estimate of the current value of the watches would at least allow me to file an accurate report. Of course, the local Sheriff Department is working on this but I felt that people with a deeper understanding and love of these timepieces might be of more help.
With sincerest thanks,