The President’s Watch

Revue Thommen introduced the ‘Cricket’ watch in 1947, so called because the alarm replicates the strident noise made by the insect of that name. This was achieved by using a system comprising an alarm mechanism, an acoustic membrane and a sound box.

Harry S Truman was the first American President to wear the Cricket alarm watch having been presented with it as a gift. Americans are fascinated by technology and the unique mechanics of the acoustic alarm proved how strongly they are attracted to novelty and efficiency. The Cricket became a mark of distinction for subsequent Presidents, which is why it is also known as “the President’s Watch”. The alarm is so loud that on a number of occasions when it has gone off, it has been mistaken for a bomb by secret service agents and military personnel.

Few watches can claim to have graced the wrist of so many of the world’s most powerful leaders. Such is the case with the Cricket.

3 President
Harry S Truman
(8 May, 1884 – 26 December, 1972)
33rd President, 1945-1953.
Truman succeeded to the presidency following the death of Franklin D Roosevelt and successfully concluded World War II.
4 President
Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower
14 October, 1890 – 28 March, 1969)
34th President, 1953-1961.
He had been a 5-star general during World War ll and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.
5 President
Lyndon Baines Johnson
(27 August, 1908 – 22 January, 1973)
36th President, 1963-1969.
Often referred to as just LBJ, he is one of only four people who served in all four elected federal offices of the United States.
2 President
Richard Millhouse Nixon
(9 January, 1913 22 April, 1994)
37th President, 1969-1974.
He became president after a successful second campaign but did not complete his term in office, having to resign due to his part in the Watergate scandal.
1 President
George H W Bush
(12 June, 1924)
41st President, 1989-1993.
He was widely seen as a “pragmatic caretaker” president and despite offensives in Panama, the Gulf and Somalia, he sealed a US-Russian strategic partnership which ended the Cold War.
6 President
William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton
(19 August, 1946)
42nd President, 1993-2001.
Inaugurated at the age of 46 he was the third youngest American president and was the first president of the ‘baby boomer ’ age.
*Cricket is a trademark of PMH SA