Our 35th president was a man who exuded style and class. John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy became one of the most popular presidents and his administration was refered to affectionately as Camelot. He garnered respect from politicians on both sides of the aisle, but he also had a fair share of detractors. Some disliked him so vehemently that they were able to take his life on November 22 1963. Of course any discussion of JFK can go in so many directions; His politics are open for debate, his storied personal life, and many rumored trysts make for sordid conversation. He without a doubt left a huge legacy here in america and depending on your perspective will decide the degree of said legacy. I wont be addressing those topics here, I want to talk about Jack’s personal style, specifically his taste in watches. There are four specific watches related to JFK that tell stories of their own. Four distinguished pieces belonging to the president that he wore for various reasons in noteworthy situations.
The first piece to bring up is the Cartier tank, my assumption is that this particular watch was one of his favorites as he was often photographed wearing this model. The tank has been a mainstay for Cartier since nearly their inception and being displayed prominently o a popular presidents wrist certainly helped. Jackie had her own Cartier tank, as a matter of fact she was rarely seen with out it. Being the style maven she was it is no surprise that this was her choice, as well as her Husband’s
50 years ago John F. Kennedy gave his first State of the Union speech. For that speech he wore an Omega tank wristwatch. He obviously liked the design since this is the second piece he wore with this case shape. It went up for auction a few years back, and Omega watch company purchased the very watch that JFK was wearing at that speech. The company says it spent $350,000 to acquire it, and has also created for sale a commemorative version, a copy of the one JFK was wearing at that speech that day.
Rolex President (Day-Date)
A Heartfelt Plea on Your Birthday.“Let lovers breath their sighs and roses bloom and music sound.Let passion burn on the lips and eyes and pleasures merry world go round.Let golden sunshine flood the sky and let me love or let me die.”
(Images courtesy of: Omega, Celebrity Watches, and Jake’s Watch Blog)
- Spotlight on: The Cartier Tank (raymondleejewelersblog.com)