The watch was presented to Churchill during a three-week stay in Switzerland, a trip best known for his famous "Let Europe Arise" speech, which he gave at the University of Zurich on September 19. It was a week earlier, on September 11, when the then-former prime minister (he'd lost the election in 1945, but would be re-elected in 1951) received the Lemania during an official visit to Lausanne, which was organized for him and his family. Churchill kept the watch for the rest of his life, and it was then passed down by descent through his family to its present owner.
Photo courtesy of Sotheby's
Considering that the Lemania brand was retired after being sold to Swatch in 1999, it's already a pretty cool watch to have on your wrist. But to have a Lemania once owned by a titan of the 20th Century—that's what we call a conversation starter. Although that conversation won't come cheap. The Churchill Lemania is expected to bring in between $18,000 and $31,000 at auction.
But if you have the cash, kicking back with a tumbler full of whisky, a good cigar, and that thing strapped to your wrist would be an epic way to relive a fascinating slice of history.