Has the Watch Struck Four for Embattled Prawit?

File photo of Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan in a May 2016 photo. Photo: Defense Ministry / Lakmuangonline.com
File photo of Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan in a May 2016 photo. Photo: Defense Ministry / Lakmuangonline.com

BANGKOK — As if three undeclared wristwatches were not enough, deputy junta leader Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan was spotted wearing what appears to be a fourth pricey timepiece in a photo Tuesday as an anti-corruption agency awaits clarification on the first.

The watch, discovered in a May 2016 photo on a Defense Ministry website, appeared to be a stainless steel Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph (model 5960/1A with flyback function). It originally went viral via the same Facebook page where two other images were discovered through crowd-sourcing.

The image was posted on CSI LA, a page which became a popular forum for discussing evidence after a 2014 double homicide on Koh Tao. The group has posted two other photos in recent days of Prawit wearing multi-million baht watches.

Read: Prawit Spotted Wearing 3rd Multi-Million Baht Watch

The photo indicates it was taken in May 2016 near the Government House. The timepiece sells at Bangkok’s Cortina Watch shop for 1.63 million baht.

To quell recent public criticism, junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said this afternoon that he was wearing a Seiko watch that he waved before a crowd of people.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission has given Prawit until Jan. 8 to clarify why the assets are not listed among his mandatory asset declarations when he took office in the wake of the 2014 coup d’etat.

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