Ingersoll Mickey Mouse watch for boys

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2015-06-26 11:04:26

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The Mickey Mouse watch for boys was the first Mickey Mouse watch ever produced, in 1933.

Made by Connecticut, US-based Ingersoll-Waterbury Company, responsible for Waterbury clocks, they are highly collectible.

History

A merchandise promoter, Harman Kamen, was employed by Walt Disney to find new ways to gain revenue from the burgeoning popularity of the Disney films.

Kamen came up with the idea of a Mickey Mouse watch.

Having received the contract to produce Mickey Mouse watches from Disney, the Ingersoll-Waterbury Company unveiled the Mickey Mouse watch for boys at the 1933 Chicago Exposition Century of Progress.

The watched used a pin lever movement obtained from surplus first world war supplies.

Mickey’s arms were employed as dials and the watch included a rotating disk which displayed the seconds, incorporating three miniature depictions of the cartoon mouse.

Initially priced at $3.25, it later fell to $2.95.

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