Posted 2 years ago
I just bought a watch that was listed as a Benrus Babe Ruth watch. The movement, however, says Kelton. The dial has a script facsimile signature by Babe Ruth and says Shock Proof and U.S.A. It does not say Benrus. The case is a 1920s art deco stepped case. It even came with a cool period metal band. In doing some googling I found several listings in auctions for the same watch, all listed as Benrus. None had pictures of the movement. The auctions included Hakes, Goldin and an old listing on eBay that shows up on Worthpoint. Also, there are ads from 1929 of a Babe Ruth watch by Benrus, but the dial does not have the signature, does say Benrus and the case is square, not a stepped art deco design.
So, what is this? Did Benrus have a connection to Kelton? Otherwise, I'm familiar with Kelton from the 40's and later (they made a well know Mickey Mouse watch in the 40s). Neat watch though, and a nice companion to my 1948 Exacta Babe Ruth watch and my 1935 Dizzy Dean watch (with the rare case)...