Accompanied by a letter written by Edward I. Koch on his personal stationary dated January 7, 2007. The letter explains that the present watch was purchased by Mr. Koch during the early 1970s in Switzerland when he was on a Congressional trip. The watch comes directly to auction from former Mayor Koch.
The Honorable Edward I. Koch (1924 - ) was born in the Bronx borough of New York City to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, Louis and Joyce Koch. During the Depression his family moved to New Jersey where he graduated with honors from Newark's South Side High School. Koch entered the freshman class of City College of New York in 1941 but was drafted by the army in 1943 before finishing his degree, although City College awarded him a B.A. in 1981. He was a decorated infantryman who served with the 104th Infantry Division during World War II. After being honorably discharged in 1946 he continued his academic career at the New York University School of Law where he was awarded the J.D. degree in 1948 and admitted to the bar the following year. Early in his political career he was elected Democratic Party District Leader of Greenwich Village in 1963 and served in this position until 1965. The following year, Koch was elected to the New York City Council. He went on to serve as the Democratic U.S. Representative from New York's 17th Congressional District until 1973 when, due to redistricting, he became the Representative from the 18th Congressional District. Koch relinquished this position when he became the 105th Mayor of New York City where he served three consecutive terms (1978 -1989) and is most notably credited with stabilizing the city's fiscal deficits by generating a budget surplus and effectively transforming the social climate of the city. Following his time as a mayor Koch became partner in the law firm Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn, and Berman LLP. He also has held adjunct appointments at New York University, Brandeis University and Baruch College and has written several novels, including his memoir entitled, Mayor which became the basis of a musical of the same name. He currently divides his time writing articles and commentating for various New York media outlets.