A World War II Veteran, a Watch and a Wish

Friday, June 6, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

Jardur Watch Company President CC Shermer will gift Mr. Julian Russo, World War II Veteran and Curtiss SB2C Helldiver gunner, a vintage Jardur watch in honor of his service and commitment to our country this fall.  

Mr. Shermer and Mr. Russo became acquainted in April when Russo phoned Shermer regarding a Jardur watch he wore throughout his service during WWII.  During the conversation, Mr. Russo explained that he purchased a Jardur tool watch during the war at a U.S. Navy Ship Store.   He stated, “I loved my watch. It served me well over Iwo Jima...  I just wish I still had it.”  Russo went on to explain that someone took it from a bathroom wash basin sometime after the war.

Shermer noted that Russo was still very upset over the loss of the watch.  “When he spoke about his Jardur, he sounded like someone reflecting on an old friend,” said Shermer.  Russo expressed that he would love to find and wear another Jardur watch again, and that sent Shermer into action who reached out to his network of watch collectors and found a vintage Jardur, the same model as Mr. Russo’s lost watch.  “I think it will be awesome to present Julian with a vintage Jardur tool watch like the one he wore over Mt. Suribachi.  Hopefully, this gift to Julian will be the ultimate ‘Thank you for your service!’” added Shermer. 

The presentation will take place at noon on August 16, 2014 at the McIntyre Building, 874 Broadway in New York City.  “The location of the presentation was very important to me," said Shermer.  "I chose the McIntyre Building because that is where the Jardur Import Company was first established in 1937.”

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