Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with gilt engine-turned dial in 1917 and its subsequent sale on 18 June 1919.
It is thought that this watch was given to Colonel Baker by Jacob Leonard Replogle (1876-1948), a wealthy American industrialist.
J. Leonard Replogle began his career as a general supervisor at Cambria Steel Co., rising through the ranks to become head of Replogle Steel Co. In 1918, Forbes magazine named him one of the wealthiest people in the United States.
During both World Wars, he directed the steel supply for the War Industries Board respectively the War Production Board. Together with Charles M. Schwab he was also head of the Vanadium Corporation of America.
In his later years J. Leonard Replogle entered into Republican politics. He was Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1920; a delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944; and a member of Republican National Committee from Florida, 1940.