Luxury Watch References that English Majors will Appreciate

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If you like luxury watches such as Omega watches or Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, and if you like literature, then you’re probably familiar with the great English writers. If you’re curious, here are some of the watches they wore:

Evelyn Waugh, author of the Sword of Honour trilogy

“I have a watch that belonged to my father, which I wear on special occasions. I have also recently been presented with a wager watch by the makers of Jaeger-LeCoultre, a brand new watch. I have always loved the simple, classic elegance of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, so I am delighted to become a brand ambassador.”

Ernest Hemingway, author of The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls

“I bought it [Omega] in Paris in 1932 and wore it all during the Spanish Civil War and all through the fun and excitement of Paris in the late 20s, early 30s. In the end, I sold it at auction in New York in 1950. I had a lot of things I’d had for too long—just like old soldiers get rid of their kit after a battle.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby

“He was wearing a camel’s hair coat that he’d bought in the fall, with a velvet collar that gave him a rash. Anticipating a New York summer, he’d bought two linen shirts, a new panama hat, and a pair of white canvas shoes. To complete his outfit he had two cravats, one of which he’d had to return to the men’s furnishing store where he’d bought it.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes stories

“I bought my first watch as an auctioneer’s clerk in 1878. One of my chief duties was to examine the watches of the customers and pay them if they left the goods with me. In the course of this work, I discovered that many could not tell the time at all. I regarded it as part of my duty to teach them the use of the clock and watch. I was generally successful, but one old gentleman was like a mule and was as obstinate as could be. I tried him again and again, and each time he got up to go away. I saw that he had bought a good watch, but did not know how to tell the time, and I thought I could not do better than to get one myself and act as instructor. I therefore bought one, and gave lessons to myself, and then to him. I got so interested that I would get out of bed at any time to see how the time was going on. I was not a bit tired of it, and I often set the thing by my bed at night before turning out the light and it was generally wrong in the morning. The watch that I bought was a cheap one, and I gave it away to my brother in New Zealand. I got a better one for my wife, but my brother got the watch. It was a cheap 14-carat one, worth about L3.”

Anthony Trollope, author of The Barretts of Wimpole Street

“I carry a small gold watch with a very light gold chain, which was given to me by my mother on my majority. It is an exact copy of one given by my maternal grandfather to his son.”

There it is. Some of the most influential authors to ever live, share their stories and experiences with watches that held meaning in their life. If you want to read more about the history of luxury watches, or just want to be entertained by a good read, I suggest you read a blog about watches. They are great reads and I always find myself reading more than one blog post!

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