London, June 10 : In a span of 67 years, Lieutenant Teddy Bacon must have faced several health problems, but his watch, lost way back in 1941, was working perfectly despite being under water all these years.
Almost seven decades back, the young Lieutenant lost his gold watch, when it slipped off his wrist into the harbour in Gibraltar, while he was throwing line to shore from his ship HMS Repulse.
Bacon, who is almost 90, did try to find it but gave up on seeing the watch again after two divers failed to retrieve it.
But, after 67 years, this resident of Tarvin, Cheshire, was reunited with the Bulova Automatic when this widower and father of four received it via post.
"To say I was stunned could be considered a major understatement. It truly was a miracle that I had been reunited with that watch after a lifetime," the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
He added: "Now I wear it every day and it keeps perfect time, even after all those years in the water. It is absolutely excellent and I consider it a long-lost friend."
It was in 2007, that the watch was retrieved while the harbour was being dredged.
It was a detailed entry in a log book by the deputy harbour master in 1941 that made the staff to send the watch back to the address left by Bacon.
Bacon spent 55 dollars for this watch when he bought it in Azores while going to Singapore as part of a fleet sent to counter the Japanese invasion.