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Character Watches

New postby crazycharacter » Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:04 am

I figured I would make a new thread to share pictures of vintage character watches.

My main obsession is with vintage 30's-70's character watches. I also collect Benrus, Hamilton, & Illinois wristwatches, but character watches are my main focus. Below is a picture of the watch that started it all for me. I purchased this c.1971 W.C. Fields watch made by Dirty Time Co. in 1991 at a NAWCC Regional.

At that time I didn't even know who W.C. Fields was. I just thought the watch was cool. :D My father and grandfather would always show me rare pocketwatches and wristwatches, but as a kid...they all looked the same. When I found out about character watches, that all changed. I couldn't get enough of them. :D As my collection grew, it became hard for me to find one I didn't have. Thats when I was introduced to the Hamilton Piping Rock which opened up a whole new can of worms........

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Re: Character Watches

New postby 4thdimension » Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:52 am

I don't know the level of interest in character watches amongst the membership but I am totally behind any zone where character issues can be addressed :) . I have repaired many hundreds of these of these over the years . I still enjoy the challenge of trying to get them within 5 minutes a day.

I see a lot of fakery too. Despite the millions and millions made, these watches are more ephemeral than most and much of it quickly becomes scarce. I take this comic stuff seriously and would invite further comment or discussion.
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Re: Character Watches

New postby Glyn Meredith » Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:54 am

I have a source in Tokyo for some of these. I'll see what I can get my hands on. 8-)
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Re: Character Watches

New postby crazycharacter » Sun Sep 21, 2008 2:53 pm

Cort,

I didn't figure there would be too much of an interest, but I knew of atleast 2 people who enjoy them. :D

Glyn,

Let us know if you come across anything. Many of the Seiko, Citizen, and Q&Q character watches that I buy are from Japan. They made a bunch of different watches in the 70's/early 80's. I currently have approx. 55-65 different D.T.C. watches, but usually see one a year that I didn't know existed. Thats what I love about the character watches. You never know what will pop up. My original company catalogues for Dirty Time/Windert states 800+ designs available. How many were actually made, I have no idea....but I'm looking for all 800 :)

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Re: Character Watches

New postby Tom Seymour » Sun Sep 21, 2008 4:34 pm

I enjoy the character watches, although I don't have many. It is interesting to see the collections of those that have more. Post as many as you like, I always enjoy seeing them and learning more about them.
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Re: Character Watches

New postby Gawatch » Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:16 pm

Dont give up guys keep them coming even though I do not have any or should I say can afford to keep any I still enjoy seeing them and reading about them. Adam and Cort I was actually thinking of you when I sold that tall stem first year run mickey and wondered if either of you were going to bid on it. THe guy that won it was thrilled with it.
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Re: Character Watches

New postby Lyle Stratton » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:05 pm

I just received an auction catalog in the mail and there are 140 character watches listed and will be sold Oct. 3rd. They can be viewed at http://www.TomHarrisAuctions.Com
I have absolutely no interest in this auction or the watches. I'm just passing along the info.
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Re: Character Watches

New postby crazycharacter » Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:22 pm

c.1949 Porky Pig wrist watch by Ingraham. There were 2 different versions made. One being rectangular and the other round (pictured). The box for the rectangular watch has Porky holding that model instead of the round version.
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Re: Character Watches

New postby 4thdimension » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:50 am

Here a version of Snow White I hadn't seen before a few days ago. It would likely date to 1947, or perhaps '49, but not '48 because it would have then been part of the birthday series. The birthday watches, which celebrated the 20th b-day of the Mouse, came in similar cases but were fluted between the lugs. Anyway, the '47 tonneau Snow W. isn't too common but I can't find any reference to this watch in any book I have and I'm certain its scarce; could be rare?

Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: Character Watches

New postby 4thdimension » Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:04 pm

Re my last post (above) I found the Snow White listed in the Mycko/Ehrhardts Character Watch price guide. It is listed as a 1948 product. While I humbly disagree with that date, I was pleased to find the watch listed (: .
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Re: Character Watches

New postby Gawatch » Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:12 pm

Wanted to check in to see if anyone had anymore of these they would like to post. I enjoy this thread.
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Re: Character Watches

New postby Charlie Sides » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:22 am

How 'bout a cowboy?
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Re: Character Watches

New postby crazycharacter » Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:35 pm

Cort,

It is an interesting watch. I picked one up a couple years ago from a lady at a flea market that also had 2 of the Punkinhead watches. The only information I could find was the same as you and I also disagree with the date. :) Thanks for posting a picture.

Charlie,

Very nice example. Thank you for sharing.

Adam

ps I recently picked up a box for the Louie Duck watch. I will try to get some photos added this weekend.
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Re: Character Watches

New postby crazycharacter » Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:48 pm

Box for the 1950's New Haven Li'l Abner Character watch. This style box is for the Abner watch with the moving flag, not the moving mule.

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Re: Character Watches

New postby Gawatch » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:59 am

Hey I found this dial in some junk and wondered if it was anything any of you character watch colectors needed or if it was even worth the trouble of sending it.
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