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Posted 2 years ago

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geo26e
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Dan Dare is a British science fiction comic hero (equivalent to US Buck Rogers), created by illustrator Frank Hampson who also wrote the first stories, that is, the Venus and Red Moon stories, and a complete storyline for Operation Saturn. Dare appeared in the Eagle comic story Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future in 1950, dramatised seven times a week on Radio Luxembourg.

Theses two pocket watches were made by UK Ingersoll in the early/mid 50's. The 'Dan Dare' watch has an Eagle engraved on the case back. I cannot find any description on the 'From Outer Space' watch from reference books but I believe this was a companion piece to the 'Dan Dare' watch. Both watches have double-animation.

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  1. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    geo26e,
    Great watches. Thanks for sharing.
    Dave
  2. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    geo26e,
    My 2006, No.26, Complete Price Guide to Watches, by Gilbert, Engle & Shugart, on page 423 shows both of your watches side by side, both made in England, but does not say anything about being companion watches. I would tend to think so, but I'm sure Kerry will be along to give us the correct answer.
    Dave
  3. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Wow, I would love to make a find like this, beautiful pieces !~
  4. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Now you're just showing off George, very "Great" pieces. Love the Dan Dare and the other has another piece very similar and also titled "Outer Space" that has just a space ship, no man at the bottom. Both of these are mid 1950's to very early 1960's. Fantastic finds, both are considered "Higher" end collectables and very desirable pieces, Congrats George.
    Kerry
    Btw: I'm jelious ;-)
  5. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you mustangtony, chrissylovescat. Manikin officialfuel & AmberRose for hitting the 'Love' button. Very much appreciated.
  6. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Dave, thanks very much for the 'Love'. I also noticed that the watches are mentioned in the Engle Gilbert Price Guide. Apart from this, I have not seen any write up on the 'From Outer Space' watch. I am just guessing that they are companion pieces as the nodding head has a helmet that looks a little like Dan Dare's! LOL
  7. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you PhilDavidAlexanderMorris for hitting the 'Love' button and your kind comments.
  8. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Kerry, thanks very much for hitting the 'Love' button and your ultra kind comments LOL The Dan Dare has a movement No 526M and the From Outer Space 556M hence I thought the watches were early/mid 50's. Also, I didn't know there is another piece called 'Outer Space'. If you have a picture of this piece, please could you send it to me so that I can keep an eye for it in the future.
  9. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you BELLIN68 for hitting the'Love' button. Very much appreciated.
  10. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    I'll see if I can locate mine, lot of stuff still put away, haven't seen that box, but will look and send you a pic.
    Kerry
  11. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you valentino 97, lisa, mtg75, Hunter & pops52 for stopping by and the appreciation.
  12. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you shughs, Longings, egreeley1976 & sanhardin for stopping by and the appreciation.
  13. Signaholic Signaholic, 2 years ago
    These old Space pocket watches are SUPER COOL!
  14. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you Signaholic & trukn20 for the appreciation!
  15. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you petey for the appreciation and hitting the Love button!
  16. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thanks snoopy for hitting the Love! Cheers!
  17. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much Antigue Toy, Leighannrn & kyhurl32 for the appreciation!
  18. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you DCB for the appreciation & hitting the Love button.
  19. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Geo, I keep coming back to these. Officially on my wish list. The 6 million dollar man wrist watch was my only wish watch till now! I don't know whether to thank you for this :))
  20. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you sugargirl and AmberRose for hitting the love button. Much appreciated.
  21. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thanks AmberRose for you kind comments.
  22. kimota kimota, 2 years ago
    geo26e,
    The Outer Space watch, as you call it, is actually the Festival of Britain Dan Dare watch. Quite rare, in fact scarcer than the Eagle Dan Dare pocket watch. See here;
    http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/archive/exhibits/festival/exploring.htm
    I have 2 of these watches and they both have the FoB logo engraved on the rear, similar to the Eagle engraving.
    I am new to this forum, but I will post pictures if anyone is interested and I can find out how :)
    Derek
  23. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Hello Derek, thank you very much for the information on the Outer Space watch. The back cover on mine is plain with no engraving. Would love to see the FoB logo on yours. The gentleman who sold the watch to me bought it new in the 50s from a Jewellery shop in Tottenham Court Road. Perhaps the ones with logo were sold only at the FoB! Also, welcome to CW. George
  24. kimota kimota, 2 years ago
    Hi George, I have placed some pictures of the FoB pocket watch and one of the 2 versions of Dan Dare watch, which shows that you have the earlier one.
    After the FoB event finished in 1952, a lot of the watches had the backs replaced with plain ones by jewellers who probably thought that they wouldn't sell with the 1951 FoB logo. There was a normal FoB pocket watch called the Ingersoll Triumph which also has the FoB engraving. I will post a picture of this one.
  25. geo26e geo26e, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much musikchoo & bradjdd for the appreciation!
  26. geo26e geo26e, 1 year ago
    Thank you Phil for hitting he Love button. Very much appreciated!
  27. Sherry65, 1 year ago
    Hi, I have the watch on the right too. I am fascinated to find this as I have googled it a few years back and never seen a picture of it or any information.
    Mine is also plain on the back and it was my fathers.
    Do you know the value of this - not that I want to sell it( sentimental reasons).
    Have just joined.
    Many thanks
  28. geo26e geo26e, 1 year ago
    Sherry65, thank you for visiting and hitting the Love button. Very much appreciated. Another collector has posted the same piece with a matching fob and you can get more information here : http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/91154-festival-of-britain-dan-dare-pocket-watc?in=user. Value wise, for a working example in good original condition, it will be in the region of, say, US$200 upwards. The Festival of Britain version with matching fob will worth a lot more.
  29. geo26e geo26e, 1 year ago
    Thank you ttomtucker, DrFluffy, Manikin, aycockonxion, Signaholic & ho2clutcha for stopping by and hitting the Love button! Very much appreciated!
  30. geo26e geo26e, 12 months ago
    Thank you tom61375 & farmlady for the appreciation!
  31. geo26e geo26e, 12 months ago
    Thanks Mani, much appreciated :-)
  32. geo26e geo26e, 12 months ago
    Thanks Phil! Much appreciated!
  33. geo26e geo26e, 12 months ago
    Thank you Moonstone! Much appreciated!
  34. geo26e geo26e, 12 months ago
    Thanks vanskyock24 for visiting and loving this post! Much appreciated!
  35. geo26e geo26e, 11 months ago
    Thank you snoopy for visiting and hitting the love tab, very much appreciated!
  36. geo26e geo26e, 11 months ago
    Thank you Ashlee & ho2 for visiting and hitting the Love tab! Big cheers to you!
  37. geo26e geo26e, 10 months ago
    Thank you agh for visiting and hitting the Love tab, much appreciated!
  38. geo26e geo26e, 10 months ago
    Thank you undreal & vansky for the visit and the Love hit. Very much appreciated!
  39. geo26e geo26e, 7 months ago
    This is the original Dan Dare watch.
  40. geo26e geo26e, 7 months ago
    Thank you nutsabotas & Virginia for visiting and appreciation!
  41. geo26e geo26e, 7 months ago
    Thanks Mikelv for loving the watches! Very much appreciated!
  42. geo26e geo26e, 7 months ago
    Thank you snoopy for the appreciation!
  43. geo26e geo26e, 7 months ago
    Thanks shanmu & moonstone for visiting & loving this post! Big cheers!
  44. geo26e geo26e, 7 months ago
    Big cheers BHG for stopping over and loving this! Much appreciated!
  45. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 7 months ago
    These are great...are they easy to find, would love to get hubby some
    You have an amazing collection...
    Anne
  46. geo26e geo26e, 7 months ago
    Thanks very much stella & AnneL for the support.

    AnnL, these watches do come up for sale at various auction sites occasionally. They are not too difficult to find. Google is the best place to start.
  47. geo26e geo26e, 7 months ago
    Thanks very much antiquerose for the support! Much appreciated!
  48. geo26e geo26e, 6 months ago
    Grateful thanks to Elisabethan & Sean for stopping by and for the appreciation! Big cheers!
  49. geo26e geo26e, 6 months ago
    Big cheers to you Andypandy for the support! Very much appreciated!
  50. geo26e geo26e, 6 months ago
    The Dan Dare watch on the left is the accompany piece to the From Outer Space watch Kerry10456 posted recently.
  51. geo26e geo26e, 6 months ago
    Thanks Virginia, much appreciated :-)
  52. geo26e geo26e, 6 months ago
    Thanks Mani and shanmu ! :-)
  53. geo26e geo26e, 6 months ago
    Thanks very much moowoo12 for the support! Much appreciated!
  54. geo26e geo26e, 5 months ago
    Thank you IIikeart for visiting & the appreciation! :-)
  55. geo26e geo26e, 5 months ago
    Thank you very much thevintagevault! :-)
  56. geo26e geo26e, 5 months ago
    Thanks porcus558 for visiting and the appreciation of these two watches! Big cheers to you!
  57. geo26e geo26e, 5 months ago
    Thanks TommyCIA for visiting and loving the post, very much appreciated!
  58. geo26e geo26e, 4 months ago
    Thanks Bigsarge! Much appreciated!
  59. geo26e geo26e, 4 months ago
    Big cheers to SukiJane & itch! Very much appreciated for you visit and love! :-)
  60. geo26e geo26e, 4 months ago
    Thanks Bigsarge for the love & appreciation! :-)
  61. geo26e geo26e, 4 months ago
    Thank you agh and sukijane!:-)
  62. geo26e geo26e, 3 months ago
    Thank you Bigsarge! :-)
  63. geo26e geo26e, 3 months ago
    Thanks artdecogirl, much appreciated! :-)

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