Summertime, 1944. A weathered and weary U.S. Sergeant is walking in Rome only days after the Allied Liberation. He finds an interesting timepiece in a store just off the Via Veneto. He loved the way it felt in his hand, and the hunter’s back that opened to reveal a secret compartment. Besides the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, my father cherished this watch because it was a reminder of the best part of the war for any soldier—the homecoming. He nicknamed the watch Ritorno for "homecoming" and according to The Complete Guide to Watches, the rare heirloom is now valued at $42,000. We wanted to bring this piece of history back to life in a faithful reproduction. We’ve used a 27-jeweled movement reminiscent of the best watches of the 1940s. We hope it reminds you to take time to remember what’s truly valuable. Fits wrists 7 ½"–8 ¾".