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    Yet another 'ID this watch' post - Hemingway's watch

    Hello

    Can anyone anyone ID this watch Hemingway's wearing? Found this pic in Wikipedia.

    Hemingway died in 1961, so this watch was probably worn in the mid to late 1950s.

    it seems like a gold watch with fixed lugs. Very interesting.

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    Re: Yet another 'ID this watch' post - Hemingway's watch

    No idea, except that it is not the same as the watch worn by Robert Jordan in 'For Whom The Bell Tolls'. That was a chronograph with lume dial.
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    Re: Yet another 'ID this watch' post - Hemingway's watch

    From:

    Rolex Oyster - A History of the Legendary Rolex Oyster Case

    It was the Rolex Oyster and later Rolex Oyster Perpetual models that made the Rolex reputation for excellence. The Perpetual was the Oyster combined with an automatic winding mechanism that was wound by the wrist motion of the wearer. It was so famous that by the late 1940s Ernest Hemingway would immortalize it in his book, Across the River and Into the Trees when comparing the watch to the human heart: “It's just a muscle. Only it is the main muscle. It works as perfectly as a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The trouble is you cannot send it to the Rolex representative when it goes wrong..."

    So he he liked Rolex it would seem.

    He had a 1906 Hamilton PW:

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    Re: Yet another 'ID this watch' post - Hemingway's watch

    best celebrity watch ID in a while...only I have no clue.
    Great photo on him on El Pilar, his boat.
    Looks like Papa fell down and hurt his head - one too many daiquiris perhaps?

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    Re: Yet another 'ID this watch' post - Hemingway's watch

    Quote Originally Posted by LouS View Post
    best celebrity watch ID in a while...only I have no clue.
    Great photo on him on El Pilar, his boat.
    Looks like Papa fell down and hurt his head - one too many daiquiris perhaps?
    I don't think Hemingway was the daiquiri type. I have seen a reproduction of the Pilar my guess he forgot to duck going into the cabin. I'm thinking with the wrist presence and the fact that Hemingway was 6 feet tall tells me that it's at least a 38mm watch.

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    Re: Yet another 'ID this watch' post - Hemingway's watch

    Quote Originally Posted by nsmike View Post
    I don't think Hemingway was the daiquiri type. I have seen a reproduction of the Pilar my guess he forgot to duck going into the cabin. I'm thinking with the wrist presence and the fact that Hemingway was 6 feet tall tells me that it's at least a 38mm watch.
    The daiquiri is well-documented to have been one of Hemingway's favorite drinks - his preference for it went a long way to popularizing it, as he wrote about it himself. It is closely identified with him during his residency in Cuba. The 'Papa Doble' version is alleged to be made after his particular favorite recipe.The froufrou reputation for this and other similar drinks (e.g. margarita) came about more recently with the advent of fruity frozen versions for girls' night out. Back in the day, it had an exotic, world-traveler vibe. Looking about the 'net, I see that it entered the US bartender's repretoire via Navy officers who served in Cuba, and was a favorite of JFK's too.

    search "daiquiri" and "Hemingway" and be surprised!

    Sorry to veer off topic, but misconceptions regarding booze (particularly a very tasty summertime drink) must be set right!
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    Re: Yet another 'ID this watch' post - Hemingway's watch

    Back on subject did Rolex make a model equivalent to the Zenith Sporto? If so thats what the watch is likely to be. I'm more familiar with Hemingway from his Key West days. I have spent many vacations in Key West there he was known for his fondness for Scotch. During WWII rum was the only easily available whiskey so I'm sure that's where he developed his fondness for daiquiris. The replica of the Pilar is located at the Worldwide Sportsman store in Islamorada.

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    Re: Yet another 'ID this watch' post - Hemingway's watch

    I bet he's wearing a later version of this Rolex. It's a rare 37mm size from 1938. The lugs are wrong but the size is right. I did find a 50's version at 37mm with the correct lugs but that photo was copy protected.
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    Re: Yet another 'ID this watch' post - Hemingway's watch

    Quote Originally Posted by LouS View Post
    best celebrity watch ID in a while...only I have no clue.
    Great photo on him on El Pilar, his boat.
    Looks like Papa fell down and hurt his head - one too many daiquiris perhaps?
    I was at the Hemmingway House today, and the scar on his head is from a broken skylight falling.

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