Watches that Made US Presidents Tick
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Watches that Made US Presidents Tick

- By Keith Lehman (PA) 2/20/17

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George Washington's Pocket Watch, c. 1775, (Unknown Swiss Maker). Courtesy NAWCC.

Today is an opportunity to celebrate our Commanders in Chief, past and present. Originally known as Washington’s Day the holiday celebrated the birthday of George Washington, our first Commander in Chief, but over a hundred years later, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and the name was changed to Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday. Now known as Presidents’ Day we have the opportunity to not only examine the legacy our leaders have left behind but also some of their artifacts—including their watches.

In Hodinkee’s Historical Perspectives Your Complete Guide To The Watches Of United States Presidents (Updated Yet Again) Eric Wind takes us on a journey through presidential timepieces over US history, beginning with Washington and ending with Trump.

The National Watch & Clock Museum’s Enlisting Time website showcases George Washington’s pocket watch which they had on exhibit in 2014.

In The Top 6 Watches For President Donald Trump Watchuseek’s Michael Weare picks out six watches for President Trump to wear based on the current administration’s political agenda.

Finally, Norma Buchanan of WatchTime take a comprehensive look at timepieces worn by US presidents starting with Washington and ending with Barack Obama in her article First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces.

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