General Patton's pocket watch for sale at Heritage Auctions



2015-10-13 13:46:24

A pocket watch owned by the celebrated U.S military leader General George S. Patton will be offered for sale at Heritage Auctions.

The historic gold timepiece was a gift to Patton from his parents upon his graduation from West Point Academy in 1909, and remained with him on the battlefields during his early military career.

The watch itself is a highly rare and important Five Minute Repeater By Patek Philippe & Co., made For Tiffany & Co, and features a personal inscription to Patton from his proud family.

"General Patton's relationship with his parents, and especially with his father, George S. Patton II, was very close," said Jim Wolf, Director Fine Timepieces at Heritage Auctions. "Their devotion is reflected in the high quality of the piece and the inscription on the cuvette of the watch: 'Lieut. George S. Patton USA/from his/Father and Mother/June 11th 1909.'"

Patton first saw combat in 1916 during the Pancho Villa Expedition, in which the U.S Army fought the paramilitary forces of Mexican revolutionary Francisco 'Pancho' Villa during the Mexican revolution.

The pocket watch then accompanied Patton across the Atlantic, as he joined the newly-formed United States Tank Corps and led a squadron into battle in France during WWI.

"After carrying the watch on active duty," said Wolf. "Patton kept it stored in the North Shore Boston house he and his wife purchased in 1928. It spent more than eight decades in the General's house before it passed to the present owner."

It stayed in his possession as he rose through the ranks of the military, leading U.S troops during WWII during the Invasion of Sicily, the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. After Patton passed away in December 1945, the watch passed to his family and has remained with them ever since.

It will now cross the auction block at Heritage, as part of the company's Watches and Fine Timepieces Auction in New York on October 29, with an estimated value of $25,000-$35,000.

"The importance of this watch and its appearance at auction is hard to overstate," said Wolf. "This beautiful piece was beloved by one of America's greatest military heroes and deserves a place either in a museum or in the possession of the most elite of collectors."

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