Le Coultre. A historically interesting steel and gold reversible wristwatch belonging to the late Si
Lot 196
Le Coultre. A historically interesting steel and gold reversible wristwatch belonging to the late Sir John Mills. Case No.29314, London Import mark for 1937
Sold for £4,200 (US$ 7,059) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Le Coultre. A historically interesting steel and gold reversible wristwatch belonging to the late Sir John Mills.
Case No.29314, London Import mark for 1937
Jewelled manual wind Le Coultre movement housed within a steel dust case, black dial with Arabic numerals, sunken subsidiary seconds, spade hands, polished 9ct gold reversible case with reeded ends and engraved on the rear 'JOHN MARY 16.1.41' revolving in a stainless steel case numbered 29314, fitted 9ct gold brick link bracelet with locking clasp, case, dial and movement signed
21mm x 37mm.

Footnotes

  • Sir John Mills (1908 - 2005)

    Born in Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1908, John Mills started his professional life in musical revue, and was spotted by Noel Coward; he then created a sterling career playing the quintessential English hero on screen to perfection. After practising on stage John Mills had relished the opportunity to branch out in film, and has starred in over 100 films, like 'Forever England' 'We Dive at Dawn' and the classic 'In Which We Serve'

    John Mills proceeded to play a wide variety of service types, cementing his reputation as the epitome of decency and integrity. Notable roles in this vein include 'The Colditz Story' and 'The Way to the Stars' As his career progressed so his parts became more complex, his heroes fundamentally flawed, examples being 'Ice Cold in Alex' and 'Tunes of Glory'
    John Mills has forged some durable partnerships with directors over the years; probably the most fruitful being that with the legendary David Lean whose superb version of 'Great Expectations' was one of his favourite films.

    John Mills was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1960 and was knighted in 1976. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts honoured him with a Special Tribute Award in 1987 and a Fellowship, its highest award, in 2002; he was also honoured with a British Film Institute Fellowship in 1995.
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