JFKS Omega Wristwatch
John F Kennedy has been synonmous with space exploration and Omega Speedmaster Moonwatches that were the original timepieces that were worn by astronauts that landed on the moon. The timepiece was a part of The Robert White Collection, the world’s largest privately owned collection that related to his life and career. Other articles that were owned by JFK were auctioned by Guernsey’s in New York in December 2005.
The Robert White Collection is impressive in size, and includes items from Kennedy’s childhood, his marriage to Jacqueline, early political aspirations and campaigns, and all lastly his tenure as President of the United States.
Kennedy receieved an Omega 18 carat gold ‘Ultra Thin’ wristwatch in 1960 from his friend Grant Stockdale. Jacqueline Kennedy would eventually send a letter to Stockdale expressing her sincere thanks for the ‘thinnest most elegant wristwatch’ and mentioning how thrilled JFK was about it and how ‘prompty he took off the chunky little one’ she had once given him.
On November 8, 1960, Kennedy became the youngest man to be elected President of the United States of America (43 years old). During his special inaguration ceremony, he wore this Omega timepiece and the famous photograph that shows him wearing the watch was published in LIFE magazine.
The Robert White Collection auction also included rare artifacts such Jacqueline and John passports circa early 1950s, White house rocking chairs, JFK’s “Hotline” telephone, and monogrammed leather wallet.
The historic timepiece now resides in the Omega Museum in Switzerland.