Timepieces

HI&RM Emperor Napoleon I

Incredible pocket watch personally owned by the iconic Emperor!


A gentleman's open face pocket watch, personally owned by HI&RM Emperor Napoleon I of France. The pocket watch is in silver and vermeil. The cover is engraved with an eagle on a cloud with a royal crown above the head, holding a branch in its beak, surrounded by detailed engravings. Features white enamel dial with Arabic figures, and a gold mechanism cover with the incredible engraving: “L'EMPEREUR AU DOCTEUR BARON DES GENETS 1812”, which is French for “The Emperor to the doctor Baron des Genets 1812” and simply indicates that the watch was given by Emperor Napoleon I in 1812.

The watch was given to Baron René-Nicolas Dufriche Desgenettes in 1812. Desgenettes was responsible for leading the French Army's department of medicine during the Napoleonic era, and was highly regarded by Napoleon, who gave him the title of Baron of the French Empire in 1810. Desgenettes passed away in 1837 and the watch remained a property of his family. Between 1895 to 1920, Prince Louis II of Monaco famously collected artifacts with a connection to Emperor Napoleon I; this pocket watch was one of the items. The watch was owned by the royal family in Monaco until 2014 when it was sold, along with other collectibles to fund money to restore Palais Princier de Monaco.

Size: Approximately 2.3 inches / 5,8 cm in diameter, with a weight of 108 grams.

Condition: Fine vintage condition; the movement is not working but can be fixed; overall light scratching and tarnishing to the inside of the watch.

Provenance: HI&RM Emperor Napoleon I of France; Baron René-Nicolas Dufriche Desgenettes; HSN Prince Louis II of Monaco; HSH Prince Rainier III of Monaco; HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco; Private collection, USA. Letter from Napoleon expert about the symbolic engraving. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.

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Harry S. Truman

Personal pocket watch of the man who approved the atomic bombs over Japan.


A gentleman's gold open face pocket watch by Tiffany & Co., personally owned and used by Harry S. Truman. The watch is engraved with Truman's monogram "H S T" on the back cover. The movement is signed "C. H. Meylan Watch Co. Swiss". Accompanied with the original flannel pouch and fitted leather and gold-stamped box marked "Tiffany & Co. New York".

Owned items by U.S. presidents are very rare and highly sought-after; especially when it's one of the more interesting and controversial presidents. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, began his presidency a month prior to the ending of World War Two after succeeding Franklin D. Roosevelt. Perhaps the most memorable act by Truman is the approval of the he atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan – something that forever changed the world.

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Condition: Fine vintage condition; complete working movement.

Provenance: Harry S. Truman; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.

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Clark Gable

Clark Gable's favorite watch!


A 1940's Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 14k gold wristwatch personally owned and used by Clark Gable. The watch was retailed by Brock & Co and known as Gable's favorite watch which he used on several occasions. Two photographs of Gable wearing the watch are accompanied.

The Academy Award-winning star of Gone with the Wind is known as the leading man of Hollywood's Golden Age. Besides being a world-class actor, Gable's legacy is often connected to his style. A wrist watch is indeed a key element for a style icon like Gable.

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Condition: Fine used condition; handling marks; complete working movement.

Provenance: Letter of provenance from the estate of Clark Gable. Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.

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Joe DiMaggio

A birthday gift to the finest baseball player of all time!


A 1980's Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust stainless steel wristwatch personally owned and used by Joe DiMaggio. The watch is engraved "Joe DiMaggio 70th Birthday Resorts" on its original case, and was given by the Resorts Casino Hotel company to Joe DiMaggio in 1984 as a birthday gift.

Many know DiMaggio as being the husband of Marilyn Monroe, but before that he established himself as one of the world's finest baseball players, which is the key to his great legacy. With the astonishing nine World Series, DiMaggio is widely considered as one of the all time – if not THE – greatest baseball players of all time.

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Condition: Very good condition; complete working movement.

Provenance: The Resorts Casino Hotel; Joe DiMaggio; Private collection, USA. Letter of authenticity from Alexander Bitar History.

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