Last night at the Acadmy Awards, actor Gary Oldman won “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for his peformance in Darkest Hour. He also has won a Golden Globe award for the portrayal of Winston Churchill. The Darkest Hour focuses on four weeks during World War II and the decisions being made by British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, played by Oldman. In the movie, he wore a Breguet pocket watch that is a replica (in looks) of the original Breguet pocket watch, No.765, owned by Sir Winston Churchill.
Churchill’s pocket watch was built for Churchill’s grandfather, the 7th Duike of Marlborough in the early 1890’s. It features the Duke’s coat of arms on the case back. When the pocket watch was passed on to Winston Churchill, he cherished it as an heirloom and as a good luck charm, and was rarely seen without it. Nicknamed the “Turnip” watch, that original was a minute repeater with split-seconds chronograph.
The replica created for the movie toured the U.S. during the pre-Oscars seasons, and will be exhibited at the Breguet booth at the BASELWORLD Watch & Jewellery Show in Switzerland from March 22-27, 2018.