With Cartier fitted red presentation box.
The present watch is understood to have been the property of the American actress Agnes Ayres (4 April 1892 - 25 December 1940), one of the most popular female stars in the silent film era. In 1920 she signed a contract with Paramount studios which shot her to stardom. She appeared opposite Rudolph Valentino in "The Sheik" (1921), and "The son of the Sheik" (1926), but her sparkling personality and beauty also shone forth in roles as "The Outcast" in "The Ten Commandments" (1923) and as a young minister's wife in "The Affairs of Anatol" (1921) with Wallace Reid.
Agnes was married twice, once to a non-professional, and then to a writer-producer Manuel Reachi, with whom she had a daughter, Maria Eugenia, born on 25 March 1926. She was also a close friend Gloria Swanson with whom she shared a dressing room during the early days at Essanay.
Agnes Ayres retired from acting in 1937. For her contribution to motion pictures, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame at 6504 Hollywood Boulevard.
A copy of a facsimile letter written by the niece of Manuel Reachi and cousin of Maria Reachi confirming that she had inherited, amongst others, the present watch which was given to Agnes Ayres by her uncle as a gift. When Agnes passed away in 1940, the watch was bequeathed to her daughter Maria.