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    Watches linked to famous people / events

    There is category of watches who are closely associated with to either famous people or notable events. Examples that come to mind include:

    1) Tudor - Tiger (Woods)
    2) Maurice Lacroix - Roger Federer
    3) Omega Speedmaster Pro - Moon

    Here's the question - if the object to which the name of the watch is linked falls out of grace - what happens to watch values?

    Take for example recent scandals surrounding Tiger Woods. Did Tiger's missteps make the Tudor Tiger watch less desirable / loved for you?

    Alternatively, there are theories that US Astronauts never landed on Moon and entire event was staged in some studio on Earth. Pretend that one day one of those theories will be accepted and we discover that Omega Speedy was never worn on Moon. Will you love your Speedy Moon less?

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    Pretend that one day one of those theories will be accepted and we discover that Omega Speedy was never worn on Moon. Will you love your Speedy Moon less?
    Even if the flight would be fabricated, pre-flight endurance tests are not. And the fact that the little Speedy Pro passed them with flying colours is pretty much admirable for me.

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    1) Queen Victoria - Patek Philippe
    2) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - Zenith
    3) Roald Amundsen - Zenith
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    A few of this and some of the other ...


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    President Kennedy - Omega 'Ultra-thin' 18k Dress watch. One of my personal grails.



    As to the other question, I think it depends entirely on how much of that one particular historical element the watch depends on for it's current success / fame. Something like the moon watch? Yeah, if the moon landing was faked then it'd lose a lot of it's cache. (Of course the moon landing guys are nuts - just to stress this - I don't think there's even the semblence of a rational doubt that the missions occurred).

    Other watches, however, could survive the loss of their historical connection a bit more easily. Rolex, for instance, is tied to so many historical events and famous people that if one was considered, by future historians, to be less of an event, or the people involved messed up somehow later in life, the brand and the watches would shrug off the consequences.
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    Re: Watches linked to famous people / events

    To add few historic watches:

    Longines - Lindbergh’s Atlantic Voyage
    Longines - Heritage Lindbergh
    Omega - Speedmaster Schumacher
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    I wonder what the effect on Omega sales would be if Daniel Craig got his way, and Mr Bond did enjoy a gay sex scene in the next Bond movie.

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    Re: Watches linked to famous people / events

    Let me have a go at it:

    1MWF (Poljot) Sturmanskie: first man in space, Yuri Gargarin
    Poljot Strela: first space walk, Alexy Leonov

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    I wonder what watch Elvis wore...

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    I really like this topic, so much so it needs pics. Pics borrowed. Sorry for historical errors:

    Cartier Santos:

    Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, and friend of Louis Cartier, had to keep his hands on the controls while flying his great machines so reading a pocket watch was diffucult. The two combined ideas and came up with the wrist watch in 1904.



    Rolex Oyster:

    In 1926 Rolex layed claim to the first water-resistant watch. In 1927 Mercedes Gleitze attemped to swim the English Channel with a Rolex Oyster around her neck that kept good time for the 10 hours she was in the water.



    Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle:

    A collaboration of Longines and Lindbergh (the man that made the first no-stop trans-atlantic flight).



    Fleiger:

    WWII and the Luftwaffe wore commisioned watches by Stowa, IWC, Laco, Lange and Wempe.



    Omega Speedmaster (3570.50.00)

    Everyone knows the story.


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    Marie Antoinette Habsburg & Napoleon Bonaparte - Breguet.

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