Vintage Mickey Mouse watches

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2015-06-26 10:33:47

Vintage Mickey Mouse watches are highly collectible watches featuring a depiction or the name of the Disney cartoon character. History

Mickey Mouse watches were first produced in 1933 by the Connecticut-based Ingersoll Waterbury Clock Co, in a collaboration with Walt Disney Productions.

The first watch produced was the Mickey Mouse Watch for boys, which was unveiled at the 1933 Chicago Exposition Century of Progress.

Using a pin lever movement, Mickey’s arms were employed as dials. Initially priced at $3.25, it later dropped to $2.95.

A pocket watch was also produced around the same time, which was available for $1.50.

Two wrist watches were made for the British market alongside a pocket watch in 1934, in much smaller numbers than in the US, which has ensured their rarity and value among collectors.

Ingersoll produced Mickey Mouse watches up until the 1960s. The company changed its name to US Time, before becoming Timex in the 1960s. It continued to make Mickey watches until 1972, when Bradley won the contract for Disney timepieces.

Lorus took over the contract in 1987 and today a number of different manufacturers have rights to produce the watches, including:

  • Colibri
  • Disney Time Works
  • Fossil
  • Seiko

Notable sales

A Gerald Genta automatic jump hour retrograde Mickey Mouse watch, featuring 21 jewels, made $2,290 at a May 2011 Heritage Auction.

An Ingersoll early 1930s Mickey Mouse wrist watch with original box achieved $191 at Heritage Auctions in August 2010.

An Ingersoll Mickey Mouse pocket watch from the early 1930s made $478 at Heritage Auctions in December 2008.

Notable models

  • Helbros backwards Goofy watch
  • Ingersoll Mickey Mouse watch for boys
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