Glasgow & West Scotland

German World War Two watch sold after 70 years in drawer

German watch Image copyright Great Western Auctions
Image caption It is thought the watch was one of only 618 made between 1941 and 1943

A rare German military watch which lay in a drawer in a Lanarkshire house for almost 70 years has sold for more than £54,000 at auction.

The Panerai watch, made in Italy using Rolex movements, is believed to be one of only 618 made between 1941 and 1943.

The timepiece was found during a furniture valuation and is believed to have been taken home by a British soldier as a trophy or souvenir.

It was sold through Great Western Auctions in Glasgow for £54,560.

The watch was believed to have been worn for a short time but had spent many years unused in a drawer in a Lanark home.

The watches were used by "Kampfschwimmer" frogmen in the German and Italian navy during World War Two.

'Fierce bidding'

Anita Manning, managing director of Great Western Auctions, said: "The bidding was fierce.

"There was interest from Japan, Europe and America on the internet and telephone bidding, as well as from collectors in the room.

"The bidding started at £20,000 and raced upwards, with the winning bid coming from a private European collector."

He added: "The watch was found on a routine furniture valuation in Lanarkshire.

"It had been lying unused in a drawer for nearly 70 years. The vendors, who had no idea of the value, were ecstatic with the result."