Then vice-president Richard Nixon receives his Vulcain cricket, 1955.
Vulcain watches are often called the "President's Watch," as they have been worn by a number of commanders in chief.
From Vulcain, this ’50s Presidents’ Automatic watch houses the mechanical proprietary Cricket Calibre V-21 with automatic alarm. The movement consists of 257 parts, and the alarm sounds for approximately 20 to 30 seconds. It retails for $9,975. Available by appointment at Tourneau at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, 703-414-8463.
The Zenith Pilot Doublematic watch houses an El Primero 4046 self-winding movement with 439 parts. In addition to offering a 30-second alarm, it features alarm power reserve display, world timer function, and chronograph function. It retails for $14,200. Diplomatic Duty Free, 1818 N St. NW, 202-466-8524.
Glashütte Original made history when it unveiled its first Senator Diary watch in 2010, as it was the first watch that had a mechanical alarm that could be set for any time within a 30-day window. It retails for $22,000. Fink’s Jewelers, Tysons Corner Center, 703-584-3101.