Watch with a story: Omega Seamaster from Greenland

Jedde Reuters
22 February 2021
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The watch in this blog has seen much of the world. The owner of the watch was a world traveler whose story was told years later by his widow. The photos and items in these blogs are mostly from the 1960s. He was living in Vietnam and Greenland at the time, serving as a civilian in the U.S. Army.

-The man behind the watch; Gerrit.

Gerrit was born in Deventer in 1929. He went to the hotel school in Switzerland in the 1950s, then emigrated to the United States, returning to the Netherlands only after his retirement. Much of his life is unclear. However, it is clear that he always seemed to work in the most chaotic places in the world. After Vietnam came the Middle East and then the Congo.

During his travels he had access to many secret things. For example, you can find pictures of army projects that were extremely secret at the time.

-BMEWS Radars in Thule, a project to stop missile launches.
-secret ”NIKE” rockets.

Gerrit lived as a civilian on an army base in Greenland. Because of his position, he had access to the army’s supplies and stores. In the store on the base, also called the Base Exchange, luxury goods were also sold. For example also Omega watches.

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-The base exchange.
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-His parka; knife and watch.

My favorite part of this story, of course, is the watch itself. This is a gold Omega Seamaster purchased from the Army base in 1963.

The vintage Omega Seamaster

-The Seamaster looks to be in great shape
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-Radars in the background and Eskimo’s on dogsleds.

In addition to his travels in Greenland, he also lived in Vietnam. He collected a watch there too.

The vintage Rolex Datejust

The Datejust in the photo was a gift to himself for his birthday in 1967. Based on the photos, this appears to be a Rolex Datejust 1601, or perhaps a Datejust 1603.

These blogs are inspired by blogs from a acquaintance who wrote about him. You can find his blogs here and here.

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