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Historically famous figures and their watches

Just neat, that's all. Please feel free to add others and enjoy!

Napoleon Bonaparte's pocket watch:


George Washington's pocket watch:


Benjamin Franklin's 18kt gold pocket watch, ca. 1770. The watch exchanged hands several times. Engraved below the key hole reads: This watch first owned by / Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790 / to Timothy Folger 1732-1814 / to Benjamin Franklin Folger / 1769-1836 / to James Athern Folger / 1835-1889


Thomas Jefferson's gold pocket watch, approx. ca. 1782. The watch is dedicated to his wife and contains a lock of his wife's hair. The inscription reads: Martha W. Jefferson Born 19 Oct. 1748, Died 6 Sept. 1782.


Marie Antoinette's gold Breguet pocket watch, ca. 1827. It took 44 years to complete after it was first commissioned in 1793. Marie Antoinette never saw the watch through to its completion, as she was sent to the guillotine 10 years before its completion. It is referred to as the Queen/Mona Lisa of watches.



King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark's yellow gold Patek Philippe pocket watch. 45 rose-cut diamonds form the intertwining letters L and C, with a ribbon crossing them with the dates, 1842 and 1867. One side of the case is enameled with a portrait of Louise:


Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch made by Jonathan Dillon, ca. 1861:

Inside Lincoln's watch, the Smithsonian Institute discovered inscriptions made by Dillon. The inscription reads: Jonathan Dillon April 13-1861 Fort Sumpter [sic] was attacked by the rebels on the above date. J Dillon" AND "April 13-1861 Washington. Thank God we have a government. Jonth Dillon.


Abraham Lincoln's Waltham Watch Co. pocket watch, ca. 1863:


Queen Victoria's 2 Patek Philippe yellow gold with blue enamel pocket watches, purchased at the Great Exhibition in London 12 years after Patek Philippe's founding, ca. 1863:


Pope Pius IX's custom-made 18kt gold with enamel Patek Philippe pocket watch, ca. 1867. Engraved inside it translates as, "Father, King, May you rule the souls and the hearts, Geneva 29 June 1867":


King Ludwig II of Bavaria's gold, enamel, and diamond pocket watch with fob seal, ca. 1880. The symbol on the watch is the royal military order of Saint George:

King Ludwig II of Bavaria's gold pocket watch, stopped at 6:53:


Teddy Roosevelt's Leroy et Fils pocket watch, ca. 1890. It is polychrome-enameled with the Roosevelt family arms and motto, "Qui Plantavit Curabit," translated from the Latin: "Anyone who bothers to plant something will take care of it.":


King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy's yellow gold Patek Philippe pocket watch worn during his reign. The pocket watch has an enameled ducal crown and the initials VE interlaced with the bow of Savoy:


Mahatma Gandhi's Zenith pocket watch with alarm complication, approx. ca. 1910:


Winston Churchill's gold Breguet pocket watch:


Among the items that Churchill kept on his person attached to a heavy gold waistcoat-chain:
a small round gold case for holding gold sovereigns
a V for Victory emblem
a silver head of Napoleon (of whom he was a great admirer)
a keepsake medallion of the Westminster Abbey Division by-election of 1924 (which WSC lost by just 43 votes)
a garnet-stone set in a gold heart (the gift of Clementine on their wedding day in September 1908)
another golden heart, which Clementine gave Winston on his 90th Birthday



Professor Albert Einstein's 14kt yellow gold, tonneau-shaped Longines watch given to him on February 16, 1931 in Los Angeles, ca. 1930:


John Dillinger's 17 jewel gold-filled Hamilton pocket watch, found on his person the day of his death, ca. July 22, 1934:


Frank Sinatra's 14 karat white gold watch, ca. 1940:

Frank Sinatra's gold Cartier gifted to him by Ed Sullivan:


James Dean's gold-filled Standard Watch Co. pocket watch with Elgin movement, ca. 1951. As his first big purchase and a lucky charm favorite, he wore it throughout his early career and most notably in the film East of Eden. After a fatal car accident, the watch stopped at the time of his death at 5:43, though the watch purportedly is still functional.


Dwight D. Eisenhower's yellow gold Rolex Datejust, ca. 1957:


Elivs Presley's Hamilton Ventura, ca. 1957:


John F. Kennedy's 18kt gold Rolex day/date, ca. 1962. The watch was given to him by Marilyn Monroe, with the case back inscription that reads, "JACK With love as always from MARILYN May 29th 1962":




John F. Kennedy's 14kt gold Nastrix 57 jewels automatic, ca. 1962:



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's yellow gold Rolex Datejust:


Dr. Buzz Aldrin's Omega Speedmaster ref. 145.012, ca. 1967. His watch was worn during the Apollo 11 mission, and became the first watch to be on the moon. Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon, left his Omega as a backup timer back in the lunar module due to its electronic timer's malfunction:


 

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Very cool especially Lincoln.
Lincoln's watch is 150 years old as of 2011, and it looks like it's in mint condition! The inscription reads: "Jonathan Dillon April 13-1861 Fort Sumpter [sic] was attacked by the rebels on the above date. J Dillon" AND "April 13-1861 Washington. Thank God we have a government. Jonth Dillon."
 

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Re: A few historical figures and their watches

Gandhi was a laid back man!
It seems he did not need the Alarm functon, or the stressing Seconds hand, so he had the Hands removed!!!

The Queen of England has a JLC, the model with the cal 101
That's really neat to know about Gandhi! The man lives up to his philosophy, what a character!

Here's Napoleon Bonaparte's watch... can't really find much info on the watch skimming through the net, though. There seems to be a hole at 3h, but don't know why... can't be a missing date complication (at that time period?; it's also not exactly at 3h...), right? Here's a very short excerpt by the media: Napoleon Bonaparte's pocket watch is on display at the newly renovated Napoleonic Museum in Havana, Cuba.

 

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This is just a general observation, but you can see the trends worn by these historical figures play out over the centuries.

The watch moves from the pocket to the wrist, enameling was once very popular and now it's been put on the way-side, the watch is huge (pocket watch) next thin on the wrist then made bigger somewhere in the middle of the two sizes, gold is popular no matter what, and all of them have simple dials compared to the ones seen today and even those in the past, like skeletons, grand complications, etc.
 

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Now that you mention it, I wonder what a certain W.W.II German leader, and Stalin wore.

(Honestly, I think of the Che as he actually was. Not the false romantic image that many visualize.)
The former wore a silver and gold duo-tone pocket watch. The latter? I'm not sure, both in what he actually wore and the quality of it.
 

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Thank you for the reply. It's odd, out of all the pics of Stalin out there; you never see him with a watch.
Owning a watch (rather showing it) would go against the philosophy of his party, I'd think.

A few more have been added, enjoy!

ADDED: I just realized Janne already posted Marie Antoinette's Breguet. Sorry!
 

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