Barack Obama’s Secret Service Chronograph

On the occasion of his 46th birthday, on August 4, 2007, Barack Obama received a gift from the Secret Service agents who had been responsible for protecting him during his Presidential campaign — a large, black-dialed chronograph bearing the shield of the Secret Service. This chronograph was purchased by the Secret Service agents in the Secret Service employees’ store, located at Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Secret Service chronograph given to Senator Obama by the Secret Service agents is a private label watch available only in the Secret Service employees’ store. The watch is manufactured for the Secret Service store by Jorg Gray, and appears in the Jorg Gray online catalog as the JGC6500 Chronograph. The chronograph is made in China, with a Japanese movement. (Click on any of the following images, to see an enlargement.)

    

The following are key features of this watch:

  • Design — oversized chronograph, with tri-compax design — 24-hour indicator at three o’clock, continuous seconds at six o’clock and chronograph minutes at nine o’clock; quick-set date at 4:30 position; luminous markers and hands.
  • The Case and Crystal — The case is stainless steel, with the top bezel being base metal; screw-back case; marked water resistant to 10 ATM; domed plastic crystal
  • Measurements — The chronograph measures 41 millimeters across the dial (not counting the crown); 47 millimeters from top of top lug to bottom of bottom lug; thickness of 13.5 millimeters (from case-back to top of domed crustal; 22 millimeters between the lugs (strap wdith).
  • The Movement — This chronograph is powered by the Miyota Caliber OS-20 movement. The OS20 movement is a 13-1/2 ligne movement (30.80 mm), with a height of 5.10 mm, accurate to within 20 seconds per month. Here are full specifications of the OS20 movement. Miyota is a subsidiary of Citizen Watch Co., LTD. Japan. These OS20 movements are available from supply houses in the United States at a price of approximately $25 per movement, as shown here.

This Secret Service chronograph sells for approximately $210 in the employees’ store. This store is operated by the United States Secret Service Employee Recreation Association (“ERA”), and all profits from the store go to charities supported by the ERA. The employees’ store is not open to the public; accordingly, these “Barack Obama Secret Service Chronographs” are destined to remain scarce among the chronograph collectors.

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