This watch is especially interesting as it was made at a time when Emperor Selassie of Ethiopia (1892-1975) was perhaps at his most popular with the Western world.
He was Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1935 for trying to give creedence to his government by giving his people their first written constitution, opening his country to Europe and America and seeking help for its impoverished people.
He was first deposed from his throne in 1935 when Mussolini's fascist Italian army took control of Ethiopia. He would spend the remainder of his life either in exile or in several different iterations of the Ethiopian government.
The monogram to the front lid of this watch reads 'TM' for Tafari Makonnen, his given name at birth. It was only after he became Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930 that he took the name Haile Selassie, meaning 'Might of the Trinity'.