Posted 2 years ago
Hoping some of the Mickey Mouse watch experts can help me out. I have a bit of a mystery.
I’ve just added a Mickey Mouse watch to my collection, but it is a gold toned watch in a Happy Birthday box. It has a $7.95 price tag on it. My understanding is that the Birthday series watches sold for $6.95 and came out in 1948, which was the 20th “Birthday” of Mickey. I also have a 1947 Mickey Mouse watch in a box with a $6.95 price tag on it. Also, this one has “Ingersoll” on the dial. I’ve found a few references online that say that U.S. Time removed “Ingersoll” from the face of the Mickey Mouse watches in 1948, so is this from 1947, predating the Birthday series watches?. It also has the original paperwork, and the box has the insert, so it’s complete and appears unused.
On page 86 of the reference book Character & Novelty Clocks & Watches by Collings, it has a 1947 Mickey Mouse watch in gold tone with a $7.95 price tag on it, and says “Gold-toned deluxe Mickey Mouse. Sold for $1.00 more.” That one is in a “maroon box” that has both Ingersoll and US Time on it.
So, is the gold tone version scarce? Were they offered in the Happy Birthday box in 1947 (or 1948?) and with gold tone as an option? I also tried looking for ads, hoping to find a listing that showed it as an option, but haven’t found anything so far. Otherwise, I can’t find any reference to the gold tone version other than the one in the Collings book, but my reference material is pretty limited.
I suppose someone could have just stuck the gold tone watch in the Birthday series box, but the set looks correct with the price tag and paperwork, and I’m not sure why someone would have done that.
Any thoughts or insights would be great!