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kerry10456's items5 of 206Ingersoll Donald Duck Pocket Watch, Circa 1939"SMITTY" Wristwatch by New Haven Clock, Circa 1932/35
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    Posted 3 years ago

    kerry10456
    (206 items)

    Hello Fellow Collectors and Visitors. Today I thought I'd stir the pot so to say. It's a common mistake, but most everyone considers the Mickey Mouse watch to be the start of the "Character" watch genre. But there were two others produced 2 years running before Ingersoll introduced the Mickey Mouse watch.
    New Haven Clock Co. produced, marketed and sold two "Character" watches from the Fall of 1931. The "Smitty" & "Orphan Annie" watches were sold for 2 years before Mickey came into the works.
    This watch is one of the early model Annie's, with the "checked" leather strap. This particular style was sold in 1932. The New Haven Character watches were licensed by Paul R. Gruen Inc.
    Thanks for looking and hope you found this a touch informative.
    Kerry

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    1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank you
      Sean,
      ttomtucker
      and
      Lucas
      for all the loves and support, very appreciated!!
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      First Little Orphan Annie watch I've ever seen. As with your Smitty watch, this box is just as awesome!!
    3. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thanks Scott, I sneak them in from time to time.....
      Thank you
      Michael,
      jscott0363
      and
      AntigueToys
      for the complements and the loves, very appreciated!!
    4. Caperkid, 3 years ago
      Was Mickey # 2? This is very cool I've never seen one like this.
    5. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Caperkid....it would make Mickey #3...Smitty and Annie were out and about first.
      Thanks for all the loves, deeply appreciated!!
    6. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank you Chevelleman69 for stopping by and sharing the loves, deeply appreciated!!
    7. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      That is pretty neat.
    8. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 3 years ago
      Very cool, as usual!
    9. vonsboy vonsboy, 3 years ago
      Don't forget Buster Brown pocket watch 1908!
    10. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      @vonsboy, yes, but those were considered "Advertisement" genre. I agree with you totally, but as I was told several times....lol.... that Character watches started in the 1930 as a category. I've just agree with that ext. and go with it...LOL
    11. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You:
      racer4four,
      FortApache,
      antiquerose,
      mikelv85
      and
      bijoucaillouvintage
      for all the complements and loves, very appreciated!!
    12. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You
      nutsabotas6,
      beyemvey,
      Thomas,
      Jlmam
      and
      Mickey
      for all the loves and support, deeply appreciated!!
    13. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You:
      rniederman,
      thegatherer,
      valentino97,
      ttomtucker
      and
      vonsboy for stopping by and showing all the loves and support, very appreciated!!
      @vonsboy, I might add... IMO, I consider the "Alley Sloper" watch as the first
      Character watch.... but been told "NO" lol
    14. Wandlessfairy Wandlessfairy, 3 years ago
      How do you find all these watches complete with box. Amazing.
    15. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You
      shughs
      Kay
      and
      Aceka
      for all the loves, very appreciated!!
    16. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      Thank You:
      Daddy_Nobucks,
      trukn20,
      mtg75,
      farmlady
      and
      crswerner
      for dropping in and sharing the loves, very appreciated!!
    17. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      This is a new one to me Kerry. Thanks for the information, and thanks for sharing!

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