A watch that belonged to Sir Winston Churchill will be auctioned at Sotheby's
Sir Winston was presented with the watch in 1946 when he visited Switzerland.
Sir Winston, who had been defeated in the 1945 general election, was presented with the Lemania yellow-gold “classic gentleman's watch” during a visit to the Swiss city of Lausanne, where local people thanked him for his actions during the Second World War.
Sir Winston kept the watch for the rest of his life and it was passed through his family, before being sold privately to the current, anonymous owner.
It is expected to fetch more than £25,000 at Sotheby's when it is auctioned, next month, for the first time.
The British prime minister, his wife Clementine and his youngest daughter Mary spent three weeks on holiday in Switzerland.
The watch was presented to the former prime minister in 1946 when he visited Switzerland Winston Churchill in pictures Sun, May 10, 2015
Winston Churchill died in January 24, 1965
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Sir Winston Churchill shows the peace sign while smoking a cigar in 1954
They stayed in a quiet and “richly decorated” villa, where Sir Winston spent much of his time painting but also writing the Zurich speech, delivered at the end of the stay.
The watch was an object symbolic of their gratitude to him
The wristwatch shows signs of wear and tear, leading to speculation that the wartime leader often wore it.
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Sotheby's head of watches, Joanne Lewis, said: “He was in Switzerland to relax with his family.
Sir Winston kept the watch for the rest of his life and it was passed through his family
“But for a lot of the time he would have been mulling over his speech and considering his words very carefully.
“He may have been wearing the watch while fine-tuning the speech.”
She said of the ceremony where Sir Winston was presented with the watch: “It really was a big occasion. Lots of people were in the streets welcoming him, waving flags. He was really welcomed by the Swiss people.
It is expected to fetch for more than £25,000 when it is auctioned
“The watch was an object symbolic of their gratitude to him.
“Given the speech he was writing when he was presented with the watch, it remains a symbol of Churchill's vision of peace and unity in Europe.”
The back of the watch is engraved with the words “From the Canton of Vaud to its famous guest Mr Winston Churchill August-September 1946”.
:: The watch will be go under the hammer as part of the Sotheby's London watch sale on April 25.