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Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

Zenith watches have consistently accompanied the most stunning achievements. Some of the latter have been one-day wonders and others lifetime accomplishments, but all represent the destinies of men and women bold enough to believe in their dreams. One of the most momentous and noblest such epic adventures was undoubtedly Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent struggle for India’s independence.

Zenith watches have consistently accompanied
the most stunning achievements

In the early 20th century, Zenith was one of the largest watch manufacturers with an international dimension, and began exporting its timepieces as far afield, as India from 1914 onwards. Indira Nehru, who was to serve as Prime Minister of India from 1966 to 1977, gave a Zenith watch to her friend Mahatma Gandhi. This silver pocket-watch became one of his rare material goods and accompanied his daily life, notably signaling his prayer times thanks to its alarm function.

Montre-réveil de poche de Gandhi

Gandhi's pocket watch with alarm

Montre-réveil de poche de Gandhi

Watch similar to Ghandi's pocket watch with alarm

To his great regret, it was stolen from him during a train journey to Kanpur, but fortunately the thief was eaten up by remorse and returned it to him six months later while begging his forgiveness.
Shortly before his death, Gandhi passed on this legendary watch to his granddaughter and assistant, Abha.

Mahatma Gandhi was given a Zenith
by his friend Indira Nehru. This silver pocket watch would accompany all his daily activities

It subsequently came into the hands of private collectors, before experiencing a new twist of fate in 2009 when it came up for auction as part of a lot of the guide’s former belongings also comprising his famous round spectacles, a bowl and dish as well as a pair of leather sandals.
These faithful companions of the Mahatma’s frugal life were sold for the record sum of 1.8 million dollars to an Indian billionaire and thereby returned to their country of origin.

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