Donor: Andrew Waldan
'Waldan International Retro Alarm' Gold Wristwatch
Polish watchmaker Oscar Waldan learned about the art of watchmaking after being captured and taken to the Buchenwald concentration camp, and later the Theresienstadt concentration camp in the Czech Republic during WWII. Being a watch apprentice saved Oscar's life. Upon liberation, he worked in the United States at a small watch repair shop in New York and later went to study horology in Switzerland and Germany. In 1979, he established Waldan Watches headquartered in New York. For more than 40 years, the Waldan brand continues to be known for its exquisite craftsmanship.
Now, with the next generation of the Waldan family, Oscar's son Andrew Waldan is carrying the torch and honoring the footsteps and history of his father's American Dream by rebranding and beginning anew as an American watch brand, based in New York where his father laid his roots.