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Includes a certificate of authentication for the crystals made of sand from Dunkirk Beach.
Includes luxury packaging, insurance coverage.
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    Mouvement 

    Télécharger la fiche technique

    Origine

    Swiss Made

    Type

    Mouvement à quartz analogique

    Ligne

    Normtech

    Calibre

    762

    Taille

    6¾ x 8'''

    Version

    4 Rubis / doré

    Durée de batterie     

    10 ans

    Boitier 

    Diamètre

    43 mm

    Epaisseur

    9.1 mm

    Matériau

    Acier inoxydable 316L

    Verre

    Verre Saphir

    Etanchéité 

    5 Atmosphères (50 mètres)

    Fond

    Matériau

    Acier inoxydable 316L

    Mécanisme de fermeture

    Clips

    Bracelet 

    Matériau

    Cuir / Acier inoxydable 316L

    Coloris

    Bleu, Brun ou Noir / Acier

    Boucle

    Déployante

    En partenariat avec

    Ville de dunkerque
    La cristallerie du Val Saint-Lambert

    INTRODUCTION

    Dunkerque 1940on sale from September, is a limited edition of 500 watches, and marks the first of 14 different models to be created by Col & MacArthur that uniquely mark a crucial moment or episode in World War II

    Dunkerque 1940  is Col & MacArthur's tribute to the British and allied troops (notably the French 1st Army who over four days, and despite having no armour, fought the Germans to a standstill to halt the enemy advance) who bravely risked their lives to overcame almost impossible odds and turn what was a military defeat into a crucial morale-boost for the British population. The action underscored Britain's determination to defeat Germany at all costs.

    Operation Dynamo was a hastily-organised plan by the British Admiralty to enable the British Expeditionary Force to escape annihilation. To do so, the BEF staged a fighting retreat to the coast and awaited the Operation Dynamo flotilla; a collection of  933 vessels, including self-propelled civilian pleasure craft between 30 and 100 feet.

    Operation Dynamo ultimately saved the lives of 338,226 British, French, Belgian and Polish soldiers during the rescue from 26 May – 04 June 1940.

    Col & MacArthur's Dunkirk 1940 perpetuates the memory of all those who were caught up in the “Miracle of Dunkirk”.

    What began as a miserable blunder, a catalogue of misfortunes and miscalculations, ended as an epic of gallantry. We have a queer habit – and you can see it running through our history – of conjuring up such transformations. Out of a black gulf of humiliation and despair, rises a sun of blazing glory. J.B. Priestley

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    STANDARD CROSSING

    With this option, the watch (only) is taken across the Channel where military and civilian ships rescued over 33,8000 soldiers in June 1940. The watch will undergo a baptism as it is immersed in water along the French coast where the soldiers boarded the rescue ships. The back of the watch will be engraved with the date of the crossing.

    NOTE

    The crossing will be on board of the next "Little Ships" expedition in spring / summer 2021. The watch will be returned to the workshop to condition it before the crossing and returned to its acquire once the expedition is completed (+ engraving).

    CERTIFICATES

    A certificate is delivered with the watch specifying the exact spot where the sand was collected.

    If you choose the crossing option, the date of the crossing is engraved on the back of the watch.

    HISTORICAL BACKGROUND 

    At 6.57pm on 26 May 1940, Operation Dynamo was launched by the Royal Navy’s Vice Admiral Bertram Ramsay, operating from the Dynamo room at Dover Castle on the English coast.

    This operation, key to the Battle of Dunkirk, was the largest military evacuation of the Second World War. Over the course of nine days, and thanks to the heroism of thousands of mainly French soldiers, hundreds of thousands of British and a smaller number of French troops were evacuated from the harbour and beaches around "Dunkirk". This feat was made possible by a fleet of military vessels aided by a flotilla of private boats, known as the "Dunkirk Little Ships".

    The last of these, Shikari, left Dunkirk at 3.40am on 4th June. The final military vessel arrived at Dover at 6.40am. Operation Dynamo was officially declared completed at 2.23pm the same day. The evacuation was declared a miracle by Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, prime minister to King George VI, father of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II. The famous operation was the inspiration for Churchill’s “We shall fight on the beaches” speech that he gave from 3.50pm until 4.14pm that day to the House of Commons.
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    "V" for Victory

    "V" for Victory was used numerous times during the Second World War. Winston Churchill made use of it as a propaganda symbol signifying resistance to the Germans. Over the years it became a sign of peace which is still used to this day. In Morse code, the letter V is formed by ...— and was also used phonetically on BBC long-wave transmissions addressed to the French Resistance movement.
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    JOHN E. ATKINS

    John E. Atkins was the youngest British participant to be killed during Operation Dynamo. The 15-year-old showed enormous courage in volunteering to help with the evacuation on a boat. Before boarding and meeting his tragic fate, he sent a note to his mother:

    « Dear Mum

    We're under the Navey now we are going to France today an might never come back.  Don’t worry.
    John »

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    SO MANY LIVES SAVED

    Although initially Sir Winston S. Churchill had only planned to repatriate 45,000 soldiers from the Dunkirk pocket, 338,226 soldiers were actually rescued in just nine days thanks to an international collaboration between military vessels and civilian boats which formed the community of Little Ships.

    A few years after the war ended, the city of Dunkirk decided to award the official Dunkirk Medal to all the veterans and civilians who took part in the historical evacuation.
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    THE DUNKIRK MEDAL

    A few years after the war ended, the city of Dunkirk decided to award the official Dunkirk Medal to all the veterans and civilians who took part in the historical evacuation. The city of Dunkirk contributed to the design of the Dunkirk 1940 model by making its archives available as well as sharing its expertise, which was invaluable in conceptualising the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo.
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