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Ulysse Nardin. A Fine and Historically Important 14k Pink Gold Openface Keyless Lever Pocket Watch, Presented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ulysse Nardin. A Fine and Historically Important 14k Pink Gold Openface Keyless Lever Pocket Watch, Presented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt

SIGNED ULYSSE NARDIN, LOCLE & GENÈVE, MOVEMENT NO. 26'172, CASE NO. 196'278, MANUFACTURED IN 1928

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Ulysse Nardin. A Fine and Historically Important 14k Pink Gold Openface Keyless Lever Pocket Watch, Presented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Signed Ulysse Nardin, Locle & Genève, Movement No. 26'172, Case No. 196'278, Manufactured in 1928
Cal. 17''' movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, silvered dial, applied Breguet numerals, outer dot minute divisions, subsidiary seconds, circular case, engraved back; Presented to Paul Wooton by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, On Behalf of the Associated Business Papers, In Appreciation of His Outstanding Service to the Business Press in Time of War, June 11, 1943, case, dial and movement signed
44mm diam.

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Accompanied by an associated 14k pink gold chain. Further accompanied by a Ulysse Nardin Extract from the Archives confirming the present watch was produced in Ulysse Nardin Workshops in 1928 and sold to Bigalke & Eckert Co. in New York in the same year. Furthermore accompanied by three photographs of Mr. Paul Wooton with President Roosevelt, circa 1943, Mr. Paul Wooton with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, circa 1952, and of Mr. Paul Wooton with Queen Elizabeth, circa 1957.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mr. Paul Wooton

Mr. Paul Wooton was an accomplished and successful American newspaper correspondent in the early to mid-20th century. He joined the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 1911 and became the newspaper’s Washington correspondent in 1914. Wooton served as president of the White House Correspondents' Association in 1943-1944 and president of the National Press Club in 1946.

A well-liked friend and colleague to many important figures of the time, he was particularly admired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his exemplary work in the press, as we can see clearly on the present watch the following inscription;

Presented to Paul Wooton by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, On Behalf of the Associated Business Papers, In Appreciation of His Outstanding Service to the Business Press in Time of War, June 11, 1943.

The present watch has been extremely well preserved for many years, in the possession of the family of Mr. Edgar Allen Poe, a close colleague of Mr. Wooton. The two men worked together delivering important political news stories at an incredibly significant time in American history. President Roosevelt and Mr. Wooton attended many functions together, such as the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 1943 (pictured). This is the very same year that President Roosevelt presented the pocket watch to Mr. Wooton at the White House.

During the peak of Mr. Wooton's career, he was associated with other many highly respected figures of the time. Noteworthy associated figures include Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth, both shown with Mr. Wooton in the photographs that accompany the present watch.

The present watch is a very rare opportunity for the inspired collector to acquire a historically important timepiece that was most likely worn by a legendary news correspondent as he worked alongside some of the most highly regarded figures in the world. He attended press conferences and charity functions continuously, all the while cementing those important relationships and keeping good time as he went. Furthermore preserved in excellent overall condition, the present watch is not only a beautifully crafted timepiece, but a charming historical gem.

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