18th Oct, 2017

Brighton bus driver seeks to track down owner of watch discovered 70 years after creation

Shaun Reynolds 10th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A BUS DRIVER from Brighton has discovered a vintage watch from the 1940s inscribed with the details of what is believed to be a Coventry lady.

53-year-old driver Phillip Miller discovered the watch behind the drawer in his divan bed as he was clearing them out to give the bed away.

He himself purchased the item second-hand while he was a pub manager in Brighton eight years ago.

The watch itself (pictured) reads:  ‘Presented to Miss J Holland by the British Piston Ring Co. Ltd, Coventry, for good services, 1941.

And while there is nothing to say where Miss J Holland lived or lives, the fact she was presented the watch by the Coventry firm for her ‘good services’ points to her being from the city.

Mr Miller told The Observer: “I have no idea how the watch managed to get down to Brighton but it would be nice to return the item to its rightful owner.

“There is an engraving on the back of the watch so it must be an item that means something to someone – hopefully someone in Coventry will have an idea.”

Anyone with information about the watch should contact The Observer on 01926 317108.

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