Gary Oldman won a Golden Globe in the category of “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama,” for his portrayal as Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. The watch connection? Breguet reproduced Churchill’s Breguet No 765 pocket watch at the request of the filmmakers, and it can be seen prominently throughout the movie.
Sir Winston Churchill inherited the Breguet No 765 pocket watch from his grandfather, John Spencer Churchill, the 7th Duke of Marlborough. Purchased in 1890, the rattrapante minute repeater, chronograph, with enamel dial, features a prominent chain at the waist seen in many celebrated Churchill photographs. Known as “the turnip,” the pocket watch is mentioned in several Churchill biographies.
The original Breguet No 765 pocket watch is on permanent display at The Churchill War Rooms within the Imperial War Museum in London, next to the official portrait of Winston Churchill by photographer Yousuf Karsh.
The replica Breguet No 765 pocket watch used in the film will be touring the U.S. from January 22 – March 15, 2018 in New York, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills and will be on display in Breguet boutiques.
Bravo to Gary Oldman and bravo to Breguet.