Posted 9 years ago
This is an old Mickey Mouse watch given to me as a gift by a Hotel owner near Disneyland back in the seventies. While I thought it was cool to wear a Mickey Mouse watch then, I actually preferred an old "Goofy" I had which ran backwards with the face numbers reversed. After a short while I threw this self winding Mickey into a drawer and simply forgot about it for 30 years. I picked it up the other day, and wanting to see if it would actually run, I put it on my left wrist next to my Rolex. Unbelievably, a day later it was rocking right along with my "Rollee" and had exactly the same time right down to the minute!
So now, I'm anxious to learn ANYTHING I can about this watch? Is it rare? Is it a collector's item? When did HELBROS start and OR, stop manufacturing these 17 Jewel SELF WINDING date date MICKEY MOUSE watches in West Germany? WHERE can I research this watch? Are there source materials for looking up old Helbros watches? I'm wondering what they sold for back in the 70's and of course, I would like to find out what it might be worth today? Are there services that will evaluate, appraise and put a suggested price on watches of this type? Is it something I should give to a 14 year old Grandson as a birthday present or is would it be better to save it in a collection?
ANY information you might share or HELP you can provide would be most appreciated. Thank you.