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At Bob's Watches, your trust is very important to us. We believe that buying a pre-owned Rolex watch online should be simple, honest, and straightforward. To that end, we guarantee that every Rolex watch on our site is 100% authentic, comprised entirely of Rolex parts. Our mission is to be the leading trusted online source for selling and buying authentic pre-owned Rolex watches. We stand behind this authenticity guarantee with a full money back refund on any watch not found to be completely genuine.

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Winston Churchill’s 1946 Lemania Chronograph to be Sold by Sotheby’s in London

April 14, 2017

BY Paul Altieri

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A yellow gold Lemania chronograph made c.1946 and owned by the great Winston Churchill will be offered for sale by Sotheby’s in London on April 25 during the auction house’s Watches sale. Of course with all things Churchill-related, the watch has an interesting history. In 1946 the great statesman delivered two significant historical speeches, one of which was at the University of Zurich. In this famous address, he proposed “a kind of United States of Europe”, based on improved relations between the French and the Germans, ending with the invocation, “Let Europe Arise”.

Winston Churchill Watches

Winston Churchill has a few watches that will be at Sotheby’s.

Winston Churchill’s Watches

Churchill had been staying in Switzerland for three weeks at the lavish Villa de Choisi in the Canton of Vaud. During an official visit to the city of Lausanne, Churchill was greeted by an adoring populace who gifted him with the watch. It is inscribed “Le canton de Vaud A son hote illustre Mr. Winston Churchill aout-september 1946”, which means “From the Canton of Vaud to its famous guest Mr. Winston Churchill August-September 1946”. Churchill kept the watch all his life. Lemania watches are high prized by vintage collectors. In 1932, Lemania, Omega, and Tissot merged to form SSIH group, and the brand is now part of Breguet.

A watch dedicated to Churchill.

The engraving reads “Le canton de Vaud A son hote illustre Mr. Winston Churchill aout-september 1946”.

Expectations

The Churchill watch, which is expected to fetch up to $30,000, isn’t the only important piece in the auction. There is, of course, a princely panda dial Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona 6265, made c.1971, that’s expected to go for up to $150,000. It is being consigned directly by the family of its original owner who bought it new in December 1973. There’s also a c.1979 Daytona 6263 “Big Red” estimated at up to $25,000.

Winston Churchill Watches on sale.

A Paul Newman ref. 6265 made in 1971.

And this marks the first major auction house appearance of the new cerachrom Daytona 116500LN, estimated at up to $18,000. There’s a three-year waiting list for the watch, but you can score one from Bob’s Watches for $16,295 – no waiting or bidding necessary…

The new Cerachrom Daytona 116500LN.

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