Vintage Bugs Bunny Lafayette watches

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2015-06-26 10:31:23

Vintage Bugs Bunny Lafayette watches are collectible watches made by Lafayette in the 1970s, depicting cartoon character Bugs Bunny.

According to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition, “vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Lafayette Watch Co

The watches were manufactured in the 1970s in Neuchâtel, Switzerland for the US-based Lafayette Watch Co, which produced a range of novelty watches, including those associated with American football teams.

The company also produced a range of alarm clocks.

Vintage Bugs Bunny Lafayette watches

The majority of the shock-resistant watches came equipped with 17 jewel Swiss-made, manual winding movements. Most had red straps.

Rare blue-strap examples depicting Bugs Bunny playing baseball were also produced.

The packaging bore the slogan “It’s Bugs Bunny Time”.

How much are vintage Bugs Bunny Lafayette watches worth?

Good condition examples of the Baseball-style watches with their original boxes are rare and highly collectible, and can sell for close to $1,000 at auction.

Red straps are more commonplace. One example with its original box sold for $316 at a Hake’s auction in 2007.

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