I really enjoyed Jim Marquardt’s article on the Watchcase factory saving Sag Harbor [“Looking Back: When the Watchcase Saved Sag Harbor,” sagharborexpress.com, January 3]. The history of Fahys and Bulova were very informative. The part about Fahys recruiters hiring engravers on Ellis Island and sending them directly to Sag Harbor was interesting, considering the current feelings about immigrants today.
My father began working for Bulova in the summer of 1940 as an apprentice tool and die maker. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942 and returned to Bulova in 1946. Dad worked for Bulova for 42 years and retired with a nice pension.
I worked in the shop two summers during high school and two summers during college. I have very fond memories of the many wonderful people who worked for Bulova (Miss Hall, Olive Pharaoh and Mr. Carney).
My dad brought home a wooden box one time that was marked “proximity fuses.” The Navy gunners brought down a lot of Japanese fighters and bombers during World War II with Bulova-manufactured proximity fuses.
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