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AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND HISTORICAL 18K YELLOW GOLD AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET PRESENTED TO GERMAN CHANCELLOR KONRAD ADENAUER CIRCA 1955  REF 6305/1
• automatic nickel lever movement, 18 jewels • gilt dial, applied gilt faceted arrow indexes, luminescent hands, magnified aperture for date, centre seconds • Oyster case, screw-down crown and back, engraving to case back • case, dial and movement signed • with an 18k yellow gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet and folding clasp
diameter 36 mm
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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a Rolex folder with a letter from Hans Wilsdorf to Konrad Adenauer dated 1955 and presentation case.

This watch being accompanied with a letter of explanation from Rolex's founder Hans Wilsdorf is extremely rare. The letter possibly reflects the proudness which Hans Wilsdorf felt, himself originally from Germany, to present and explain the functions of the watch to the German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.

Konrad Adenauer, born in 1876, he was the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany between 1949 – 63.

Adenauer's achievements include the establishment of a stable democracy in West Germany and a lasting reconciliation with France. In 1963 he met the French president Charles de Gaulle on the occasion of the Élysée Treaty, or the Treaty of Friendship, at which point the reconciliation between the two countries was finally sealed.

Konrad Adenauer is also today considered as the man who brought back stability and prosperity to his country, as well as a truly free and democratic society. In recognition of his efforts, he was named in 1953 "Man of the Year" by Time Magazine.

He died on 19 April 1967 in his family home near the city of Bonn. This treasured timepiece presented to him in 1955 and which was always on his wrist for the last years of his life was well preserved by his descendants with the original letter signed by Hans Wilsdorf and leather folder from the period.

 

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