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Wristwatch, Lindbergh, King Collection


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Wristwatch, Lindbergh, King Collection

Collection Item Summary:

On May 20-21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh literally flew into history when he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in his Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, thus becoming the first pilot to fly solo and nonstop from New York to Paris. This flight made Lindbergh a household name and catapulted him into fame and celebrity. The objects of popular culture in the National Collection display everything from ashtrays to wristwatches reflect the public adulation for Lindbergh and the powerful commercial response to his celebrity. More than 75 years after the Spirit's historic flight, Lindbergh's name still has the power help sell manufactured goods.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Gift of the Stanley King Family.


Metal, leather, glass and fabric


3-D (Box): 24.1 x 7 x 3.2cm (9 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

Physical Description

A wristwatch with a brown leather band and silver body. The face of the watch has numbers 1 through 12 on the face with two hands with glow in the dark strips on their surfaces. A small second hand is located where the 6 should be on the face. A crown is located at the three o’clock position on the frame of the body. The case for the watch has a brown and black animal striped pattern on the outside. The top of the case has gold lettering "Lone Eagle" The inside of the case is a gold fabric with black lettering on the inside of the top "In Honor of Col. Charles A. Lindbergh" The Bulova symbol of a woman standing on one foot in front of a circle with Roman Numerals is located on the right of the inside of the lid. An image of the Distinguished Flying Medal is located on the left of the lid. A small button on the bottom half of the case is used to open the case.


MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

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