On June 21, 2017, at the Rare Watches and American Icons auction in New York, Cartier, formerly First Lady and Jacqueline Kennedy, once owned The tank watch was sold for $ 379,500 (including buyer’s commission). A portion of the auction proceeds from this watch and the original ’50-mile hike’ painting will be donated to the American Art Foundation. Not only does this watch have a famous provenance and rich history, it also has an interesting story behind it.
This 18K gold Cartier tank watch was originally a gift from Jacqueline Kennedy’s brother-in-law, former Polish Prince Stanislaw ‘Stas’ Radziwill in 1963. Jacqueline Kennedy has worn this watch for decades, and we can see it in many iconic photos.
The bottom of the watch is engraved with the words ‘Stas to Jackie / 23 Feb. 63 / 2:05 AM to 9:35 PM.’, Indicating that in 1963 Stas, Jacqueline Kennedy and relatives and friends took a 50-mile hike on Palm Beach Date, start time, and end time. This watch is one of the most important historical relics of President Kennedy’s golden age that has surfaced in recent years. The watch is equipped with a black lizard belt, which is also a favorite of Jacqueline Kennedy. The watch is in good condition, the dial is still original, and the lettering on the bottom of the watch is clearly visible.
After receiving the watch presented by Stas, Jacqueline Kennedy created a painting depicting the sights of Stas and his friend Chuck Spalding after President Kennedy and Jacqueline completed the hike in 19 hours and 30 minutes Scene and handwritten ‘February 23, 1963 2:05 am to 9:35 pm / Jackie to Stas with love and admiration.’ The 50-mile hike was originally an event between President Kennedy and a close friend. It became a trend in the United States in early 1963, with thousands of Americans embarking on hiking trips and taking up physical and mental challenges.