Posted 7 years ago
Dan Dare is a British science fiction comic hero (equivalent to US Buck Rogers), created by illustrator Frank Hampson. Dare appeared in the Eagle comic story Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future in 1950, dramatised seven times a week on Radio Luxembourg.
This pocket watch is powered by a 1969 Smiths movement and the dial depicts the portrait of Dan Dare. It is signed 'Smiths' at just below 12 (picture 3) and says 'Made In Wales' at below 6. I have a strong suspicion that this could be an unofficial fantasy piece as I have not seen another one before. The official version has an 'Eagle' engraved on the case back and this one has not.
For comparison, check out the 'official' Dan Dare pocket watch here : http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/87220-dan-dare-and-from-outer-space-animated