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The gold Rolex given to President Dwight Eisenhower for his heroic role in D-Day is being auctioned for the first time in its history – for an estimated $1million.

Experts say the wristwatch is among the most important made by the Swiss firm, which is now one of the watchmaking world’s most prestigious names.

The 18-carat timepiece, the firm’s 150,000th, was presented to the five-star general in 1951 for his service in the Second World War after the 100,000th was given to Winston Churchill.

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