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#1 MikeandJack

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 02:43 AM

When Jack Daniel died in 1911, he left a "last will and testament". In his will, other than the monetary inheritances, were three of his personal items. They were his bedroom suite, two porcelain vases, and his pocket watch. All three items were left to relatives. Jack's nephew, Jack Daniel Motlow inherited the watch. JD Motlow was Lem's youngest brother. When he died in 1973, his wife, Mary Jane, became sole owner of the watch. She decided to sell the watch and offered it to the Distillery for $10,000. They declined because they thought the price was too high. A sales representative at the Distillery, Art Hancock, bought the watch for his personal collection. He kept the watch until 2000, when he decided to sell it. He again offered to sell it to the Distillery, but they again refused it. He then decided to commission the watch to Sotheby's Auction in New York to be sold at auction on October 25, 2000. The pre-auction estimate was $15,000-$20,000. The watch sold for $25,000.

Here is the cover of the auction brochure.

 

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 02:47 AM

The description of the sale of the watch.

 

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 02:49 AM

Jack Daniel bought the watch in 1892.

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 02:52 AM

Hard to read, but the outside casing of the watch reads "Jack Daniel, October 24, 1903".

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 02:54 AM

The watch was bought by the company that made it and is now displayed in a museum in Geneve, Switzerland.

(Max, can you rotate a couple of these pictures? Thanks.)

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 05:50 AM

I was lucky enough to go to the Patek museum a few years ago. Don't remember seeing the watch, but they have a great collection of watches and clocks

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 07:03 AM

Great story Mike ;) so it will be worth to go to Geneve in Switzerland ;D



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Posted 25 July 2015 - 09:07 AM

another awesome history lesson Mike, thanks for sharing with us

 

Hard to read, but the outside casing of the watch reads "Jack Daniel, October 24, 1903".

 

do you know the significance of this date ?



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Posted 25 July 2015 - 09:15 AM

Nice story Mike, thanks for sharing.

 

Saddly enough it shows also that these days only making profit counts, what is 10.000$ for a company like BF for this piece of unique history.........

 

 

Well I think if you turn the initials BF you have FB what we all now what it means, that's the world we live in saddly enough.



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Posted 25 July 2015 - 10:26 AM

another awesome history lesson Mike, thanks for sharing with us
 

 
do you know the significance of this date ?


I do not know Max. There are a couple of possibilities.
The description says the watch was sold in 1892. Jack may not have bought it until 1903 from a 3rd party.
Jack also could have had a significant event happen in his life in 1903 that we do not know of.
Just me guessing. I don't know that we will ever know.
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Posted 25 July 2015 - 10:33 AM

Nice story Mike, thanks for sharing.
 
Saddly enough it shows also that these days only making profit counts, what is 10.000$ for a company like BF for this piece of unique history.........
 
 
Well I think if you turn the initials BF you have FB what we all now what it means, that's the world we live in saddly enough.


How true Ruud!
The Distillery had two chances to buy this significant artifact of their history, but chose not to because it would not make them any money. This watch needs to be displayed in the Visitors Center here in Lynchburg.
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Posted 25 July 2015 - 01:16 PM

that is a super cool story Mike, and since you don't own it Im glad it is in another museum to keep it safe


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Posted 25 July 2015 - 03:52 PM

Love this Mike, as usual thanks buddy!

 

I think I'll look into this a bit more.


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:54 PM

i cant believe they missed a chance to buy such a great item. what's 25k for the distillery? i bet half of the BF top managers wear modern watches worth as much. 

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 12:56 AM

and they had 2 chances to buy it for 10K, what a bargain



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 02:54 AM

Awesome - Thanks for the great post. 

 

I wonder what that watch sold for to PF.....maybe I missed it above. 

 

One of the first JD collectibles that I had, back in the early 1980s, was a pocket watch (not gold, but nice). 

 

Mine was stolen when my house was burglarized, so I do want to get another someday. 

 

Dale had a couple at a BBQ a couple years ago - I wonder if he still has one.....

 

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 05:57 AM

Very nice watches, but I love those Squire ashtrays :)






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