Found: General Patton’s Five Minute Repeating Split Second Chronograph Pocket Watch
General George S. Patton
General Patton was a U.S. Armed force general, who commanded powers across the Mediterranean and European venues in World War II. He is widely viewed as perhaps the best U.S. field commanders ever, and was well known for his grandiosity and assurance. In the event that you haven’t seen the 1970 film “Patton” help yourself out and check it out.
To get somewhat more profound into the existence of General Patton, HODINKEE interviewed his grandson, Robert Patton, to discover more:
HODINKEE: What does this watch intend to you?
ROBERT PATTON: notwithstanding its excellence as a vintage watch, the watch, recorded as a West Point graduation blessing in 1909, addresses the caring connection between George S. Patton, Jr., and his folks – and particularly with his dad, who was a long lasting wellspring of help and motivation to the future general. That a committed authority or historical center may widely share and pass on the immortality of their solid bond is wonderful.
HODINKEE: What is your most punctual memory of your granddad’s watch?
ROBERT PATTON: I had no clue about the watch’s presence until my dad [General Patton’s son] offered it to me following a house fire very nearly thirty years prior that by sheer amazing good fortune karma didn’t harm it by any means. And, after its all said and done, while I appreciated its excellence, for a long time I had no clue about its verifiable importance until I opened the back plate by chance and read the engraving inside.
HODINKEE: Do you know whether he conveyed this watch in battle?
ROBERT PATTON: Historians have reported from the General’s written memories that he conveyed the watch while on the Mexican Expedition against Pancho Villa in 1916 and afterward in World War One while serving in combat with the U. S. Armed force Tank Corps in 1918.
HODINKEE: How did it stay in such extraordinary condition over the years?
ROBERT PATTON: General Patton, similar to all military faculty, changed stations regularly all through his vocation. In 1928, he and his wife purchased a home on Boston’s North Shore that would fill in as a family base for over 80 years. The watch was put away securely there and later at my own home from that point forward.
From Patton’s journals – $350!
From a verifiable point of view, this watch is staggering. General Patton’s pocket watch will be included at Heritage Auction’s October 29, 2015 deal in NYC.