15 Most Expensive Mickey Mouse Watches
With prices ranging between $300 and $30,000, Mickey Mouse watches have a special place in the watch market, and a huge following. From Timex to Rolex, Mickey Mouse was featured by a variety of watch brands, low and high end.
In this article, we look at some of the most valuable Mickey Mouse watches on the market, made in collaboration with Disney. From the 1930s until today, some spectacular Mickey Mouse watches have been produced. Let's check out some of the most expensive timepieces that have held their value over the years.
Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character created in 1928 by Walt Disney, and most likely the most popular cartoon character of all time. Therefore, a lot of watch brands wanted Mickey on their dial. And in the last almost 100 years, there are over 15 watch brands that feature Mickey Mouse on their watches, including Gerald Genta, Rolex, Ingersoll, Swatch, Seiko, Lorus, Timex, Bradley, Citizen, Invicta & more.
The first Mickey Mouse wristwatch was released in 1933 and it retailed for $3.75 at the time. It was a huge success: Macy's sold 11,000 pieces on the first day after the watch went on sale. If you want to read more about Ingersoll Disney watches, we invite you to read our article on Ingersoll Mickey Mouse Watches since 1933: Rare Vintage Disney Watches.
Most Valuable Disney Watches
With such a rich history and longevity, vintage and antique Mickey Mouse watches became harder and harder to find in working condition and their prices have skyrocketed over the years.
We strived to include as many models and brands as possible, so that you can get a better picture of the vast diversity that is out there, in terms of both prices and designs.
1. Gérald Genta Arena Retrograde Smile Mickey Mouse Disney Watch - $40,000
At the top of our list, we find the Gérald Genta Arena Retrograde Smile Mickey Mouse Disney watch that has a price tag between $35,000-$40,000 and is limited to 150 pieces. We are sure that not many of you knew a Mickey Mouse watch could be this expensive, nor who Gérald Genta is.
Gérald Charles Genta was a Swiss watch designer that created some of the most popular watch designs out there, such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus. In 1969, he also created his own brand and in 1994, he designed the Grande Sonnerie Retro, the world's most complicated wristwatch, priced at approximately $2 million.
During the 1980s, Genta obtained special licensing from The Walt Disney Company and distributed a limited edition of Disney character watches to the public.
2. Gerald Genta Retro G3622 Stainless Steel 28mm Quartz Watch - $8,500
Gerald Genta watches range between $5,000 and $40,000 and we had to include another model from them. The Gerald Genta Retro G3622 Stainless Steel has a case of around 28mm, a date window at 6 o'clock, and it depicts Mickey Mouse in a different pose.
Some might consider this particular model a lot cheaper and affordable ($8,500), while others might still see it as a fortune. Gerald Genta cannot be matched by anyone when it comes to Mickey Mouse watches.
3. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Mickey Mouse Watch Circa 1970s - $5,000
Walt Disney was a big fan of Rolex watches and there is a theory that there was a secret agreement between Disney and Rolex and some pieces with Mickey Mouse on the dial were produced. However, this theory has neither been confirmed or infirmed by either party. There are several watch-related websites that write about this "Unicorn Story" such as Ablogtowatch, Collectorsweekly, Chronext, and even the community on Rolexforums.
At this point, there are many Rolex Oyster Perpetual Mickey Mouse Watches for sale on eBay and Chrono24, where the dial is aftermarket. This means that Mickey Mouse was added afterwards on the dial, not by the Rolex brand itself when the watch was produced. The watch movement and case are completely original, but the dials are considered by many in the grey area or simply "fake" because they have been tempered with after they came out of the Rolex factory.
Whether the story is real or not, we may never know, but Rolex Mickey Mouse watches are cool and unique timepieces that many people are very fond of. What do you think? Would you buy a Rolex watch that's been changed aftermarket to feature Mickey Mouse on the dial? Let us know in the comments!
4. Mickey Mouse Limited Edition SWATCH X Keith Haring Wall Clock Maxi - $4,000
Swatch is another big brand that made a few releases in collaboration with Disney. A every interesting and unique piece is their Mickey Mouse Limited Edition SWATCH X Keith Haring Maxi, which is actually a wall clock in the shape of a Swatch watch that measures 210 cm. They also have a standard wristwatch version, but the wall clock is a lot more spectacular, and limited to only 233 pieces. The prices vary between $3,500 and $5,500 depending on condition, the mint ones being more desirable.
5. 1933 Ingersoll Mickey Mouse Watch with Box & Papers - $1,800
If you are looking for the holy grail of Mickey Mouse watches, the 1933 Ingersoll Mickey Mouse Watch is by far the best you can get. It is the first Mickey Mouse watch ever produced. If you manage to find one with original box and papers, the value increases significantly. This exact model was sold on eBay for $1,800 + shipping.
The watch has the rotating Mickey Mouse seconds sub-dial, where 3 Mickey Mouse illustrations are printed. It is powered by a mechanical movement and the watch hands are the actual hands of Mickey Mouse.
1933 Ingersoll Mickey Mouse Watch with Box & Papers
6. 1970s Mickey Mouse Bradley Mechanical Pocket Watch - $1,800
Pocket watches were still very much used in the 19th century, until the wristwatch started to gain popularity on the market. That brings us to this new old stock (NOS) 1970s Mickey Mouse Bradley mechanical pocket watch that comes with the original packaging. The original price can still be seen on the packaging, and the red color is as vivid as it was when it came out of the factory.
7. 1939 Ingersoll Mickey Mouse Watch & Original Blue Mickey Mouse Graphic Box - $1,500
The 1939 Ingersoll Mickey Mouse Watch has a rectangular case and resembles antique Ingersoll watches. The watch features a classic sub-dial this time, without the 3 miniature Mickey Mouse illustrations. The style and colors of Mickey Mouse are pretty similar on all watches throughout the 1930s, and major differences appear only from the 1940s.
As previously mentioned, from the 1940s onwards we can clearly some differences in fonts, Mickey Mouse drawings, case shapes, etc. This 1940s Ingersoll Mickey Mouse watch has a rectangular steel case, red Arabic numerals, and a specific Mickey Mouse illustration, with a polka-dot pattern on the character's face.
Seiko Starburst Mickey Mouse watches were made in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Our Seiko Starburst Dial 3Y03-0039 Gold Mickey Mouse Disney watch has a case size of only 23mm, so this is the ladies version. The watch features a day-date window at 3 o'clock, and a more modern dial design. Seiko is also the brand that launched the first mass-produced quartz movement in wristwatches, and they are still the pioneers of battery-powered movements.
If you have been looking for a vintage Swiss Made Disney watch, a Bradley Mickey Mouse mechanical watch might be your best choice. The watch has quite a unique and rare case model and is powered by a Swiss-Made Bradley mechanical movement. This is the 023 S model and comes on an extensible metallic watch bracelet. This small version has only 25mm in case size but we will show you some different variations that have larger cases.
Also dating back to the 1960s, this Bradley Time Division Mickey Mouse mechanical watch is the model 112 S. It has a classic gold-tone round case with a width of 28mm. The watch still has the original red rubber strap, which is also included. We placed the watch on a brand new red leather strap so that it can fit medium and larger wrists as well.
The last Bradley in this top 15 Most Expensive Mickey Mouse Watches is the 015 that has the biggest case so far, at 30mm, and is silver-tone stainless steel. The same design can be seen throughout these various case sizes. This particular model comes on a green leather watch strap.
A musical Mickey Mouse watch could not miss from our Top 15 Most Expensive Mickey Mouse watches. Musical Lorus Mickey Mouse watches are iconic for the 80s and 90s.
This is a Lorus Disney V621-0020 Z0 musical watch that has an extra button at 2 o'clock, which activates the musical function. Additionally, the watch has a glow-in-the-dark dial that looks beautifully just as the sky would be illuminated at night. This is by far the most interesting musical Disney watch in our collection.
Here are some other Lorus Musical Watches:
14. 1968 Vintage Mickey Mouse Watch by Timex - $395
Moving forward, this 1968 Timex Mickey Mouse watch shows solid resemblance to the Ingersoll pieces but with a bigger case and dial. Mickey Mouse has the same classic design, but on the back we can see the word "Timex" engraved. Timex is known for their shock-resistant vintage pieces, but servicing those movements is not something all watchmakers are willing to go through.
We have reached the last piece in our 15 Most Expensive Mickey Mouse Watches. This is a small 1960s Ingersoll Mickey watch measuring only 21mm. On the back of the watch is written US Time. The watch has been placed on a simple black watch strap so that it has the same classic look as it did 50 years ago.
If you're a Mickey Mouse fan, make sure to check out our complete vintage Mickey Mouse watch collection. It features Mickey Mouse watches from the 1940s until today, from brands like Ingersoll, Bradley, Lorus, Seiko, and many more. The watches are functional, and have been serviced by our watchmaker, cleaned and restored by our team, and most of them placed on brand new leather straps. For any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.
Did you know that Ingersoll have produced the first Mickey Mouse watch ever? In this article, we take a look at the history of Ingersoll Mickey Mouse watches dating back all the way to 1933. We identify some of the most exciting and rare Mickey Mouse watches out there. And we introduce you to some of the rarest Ingersoll Mickey Mouse watches that are part of our vintage Disney collection!
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