I’ll give you three guesses as to the first US President (and then former 5-star General) to wear a Rolex! Did the title give me away? Eisenhower’s solid 18k Datejust is something of a vintage Rolex lover’s lore. Eisenhower famously wore his watch on the cover of Life Magazine, and it will be up for sale this September.
The gold watch seen above was presented to Eisenhower as a gift from Rolex, marking the 150,000th certified chronometer the manufacture had produced. It was presented to Eisenhower for his great efforts during the second world war, and was an appropriate follow-up to the 100,000th certified chronometer that Rolex graciously offered Mr. Winston Churchill.
Prior to Eisenhower’s death, he gave the Rolex reference 6305 to his personal valet of over 30 years, Sgt. John Moaney, who Eisenhower described in his memoirs as “indispensable to me”. John Moaney left the Rolex to his wife, Delores Moaney, who served as personal cook to the Eisenhowers’ for many years. The couples remained extremely close throughout their lives and the Moaneys even lived in the Eisenhower’s personal residences during all post-presidential years. The starting bid for the Eisenhower Rolex 6305 Datejust is $100,000. The sale will take place on September 17th, 2014 at the Omni Parker House in Boston.