Dwight Eisenhower Rolex Auction

Five star general and former U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower was gifted a Rolex in 1951 is going to be auctioned in 2014 in Boston. The Oyster Perpetual Date just chronometer bears engravings of Eisenhower’s initials (DDE), as well as five stars and the inscription 12-19-1950, which celebrates the date he became NATO’s first Supreme Allied Commander. This is the company’s 150,000 time piece ever made, and continued the company’s tradition of giving military leaders each 50,000th watch produced. The other received would be Winston Churchill would received the 100,00th. Eisenhower would be shown on the cover of Life magazine in 1952. Eisenhower is also the first U.S. president to wear Rolex.

Prior to Eisenhower’s death, he had given the Rolex (reference 6305) to his personal valet of over 30 years, Sgt. John Moaney, who Eisenhower described in his memoirs as “indispensable”. Moaney would eventually leave the Rolex to his wife, Delores Moaney, who served as personal cook to the Eisenhowers for many years.
Roughly 30 years ago, the historic timepiece was sold by Delores Moaney to Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. The video below will detail Amyx’s incredible collection and the Eisenhower Rolex makes an appearance.

This historic Rolex is undoubtedly an incredible testimony to the brand, as well as an important piece to historians and watch lovers alike.
The starting bid for the Eisenhower Rolex 6305 Datejust is $100,000. The sale took place on September 17, 2014 at the Omni Parker House in Boston.