Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Rolex to Be Auctioned

Photo courtesy RR Auction
Dwight D. Eisenhower wearing the Rolex on the cover of Life

A gold Rolex presented to President Dwight D. Eisenhower by the company in 1951, in honor of his service during World War II, will be auctioned in September.

The watch, part of the collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, will be sold in a live auction presented by RR Auction in Boston. Other pieces up for auction from the DeGeer Amyx collection include Eisenhower’s brown leather fighting jacket from the war; President Roosevelt’s top hat from his first presidential inauguration in 1933; and Roosevelt’s walnut cane with white bone handle and tip. 

Eisenhower’s watch, which was the 150,000th watch ever produced by the company, is estimated to be worth $1 million.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx acquired the piece from the widow of Sgt. John Moaney, the president’s close friend, whom he first met in the army and who later became his valet. Eisenhower left Moaney the watch in his will.

Photo courtesy RR Auction