Reveals His Patek Philippe Pocketwatch
Gift from U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt in 1943
It has been known for a long time that his Holiness, The Dalai Lama was given a Patek Philippe Pocket-watch by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt. Until today, the Dalai Lama's Patek Philiipe has never been seen, but in the photo below we see his holiness showing his watch off in Washington DC.
The photo below is a close-up photo of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama holding his Patek Phillipe & Company [Reference 658] pocket watch.
It was U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy who shared this magnificent Patek Philippe watch to the world. Senator Patrick Leahy is pictured below with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in Washington DC, along with Mrs. Leahy.
Senator Patrick Leahy showcased the Dalai Lama's Patek Philippe in a Tweet on Twitter Today, as seen below.
A Treasured Gift Of Friendship From
The Patek Philippe was a given to The Dalai Lama as a gift from U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt in 1943. During World War II , the Allied Powers wanted to build a road through Tibet, from India that continued to China. In 1943, two American agents from the Office Of Strategic Services delivered a package to the young Dalai Lama from U.S. President Roosevelt, which contained a letter and a complicated yellow-gold Patek Phillipe Reference 658 Pocket-watch model.
The Dalai Lama
I recently wrote an interesting story on Jake's Rolex World that not only showcases the Dalai Lama's Rolex Day-Date, but also goes into detail about his fascination with watch collecting and watch making.