Vintage Mickey Mouse Watch history
Purchasing a watch with a cartoon character adorning the dial for your little ones as well as yourself is as easy as shopping at Walmart. The marketplace is overcrowded with different models since countless watch houses have obtained the rights to manufacture watches with Disney’s so admired cartoon characters.
The first iconic vintage Mickey Mouse watch was first released in 1933, only 5 years after Mickey Mouse first appeared in a Walt Disney animated film. You could choose either a wrist or pocket watch, with Mickey Mouse hands telling the time. The Mickey Mouse watches soon became popular as they were cheap and with Mickey Mouse adorning the watch dial, everyone seemed to love the timepiece.
The mastermind who stays behind the childish design of the Mickey Mouse watch is Herman Kamen, a natural salesman who saw potential in Disney’s cartoons.
At the time, the newly formed Disney Studio was facing financial difficulties, and there could be no better moment for Disney Brothers to sell their Disney cartoons merchandising licensing rights to Herman Kamen.
With a green light in his pocket to put Disney’s cartoons wherever he could, Herman Kamen partnered up with Ingersoll- Waterbury (Timex today) – a mass-production American watch company established in 1892.
Walt Disney (3rd from the right) Herman Kamen (4th from the right)
Mickey Mouse watches soon became the company’s first million-dollar line, saving not only future Timex from a financial disaster but Disney Studio too.
From 1933, countless Mickey Mouse watches were sold in the US and Europe until 1971, when Ingersoll-Timex stopped manufacturing Mickey Mouse watches for some reason. Other watch brands like Seiko, Fossil, Helbros, and Lorus, took it from there.
Top 5 Mickey Mouse Watches for men you can still find!
- AP1053-15W CITIZEN Mickey Mouse watch
- Mickey Blanc Sur Noir SWATCH
- 24608 INVICTA Mickey Mouse watch for men
- Classic Mickey Mouse watch for men – DISNEY COLLECTION
- TIMEX × BEAMS Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary watch
Oh boy! At first sight, Mickey Mouse watches for men may seem like an inappropriate pick but they are rich in history. Childish yet an escape from the classic watch designs. Many Vintage Mickey Mouse watches were produced throughout the years but most of the brands cut the line for a reason or another.
If you got excited from Mickey Mouse watches heritage and want to have yours glow on your wrist, take a look at the Mickey Mouse watches for men you can still purchase. Enjoy!
AP1053-15W Citizen Mickey Mouse watch
Choose to dress your wrist with a Disney statement timepiece combined with Citizen’s culture of watchmaking. Among other Disney characters chosen from Citizen to adorn their watch dials with, Mickey Mouse watches attend an important place in Citizen’s Disney collection. Besides Maleficent, Donald Duck, Mulan, Cinderella, Snow White, ext., Mickey Mouse is the cartoon Citizen spent their time the most.
AP1053-15W is the model we picked from the Citizen Mickey Mouse collection. The watch features a white dial with Arabic numeral hour markers and a moonphase panel perfectly positioned below the dial center. At 6 o’clock you’ll spot Mickey, taking a look at the moonphase panel for you. The watch as almost every Citizen watch is equipped with Eco-Drive technology. In case you don’t know, Citizen Eco-Drive watches need no batteries, as they are light-powered. Any light source you can possibly name.
Featuring a black leather strap and a stainless-steel gold-tone case – the watch is a must-have for every Mickey Mouse watches enthusiast.
Mickey Blanc Sur Noir SWATCH
Swatch watches are widely known for their unique, modern, and trendy designs. Being one of the biggest Swiss-made watch manufacturers seems to have its benefits as Mickey Blanc Sur Noir is the second lucrative collaboration of Swatch with The Walt Disney Company.
The first successful limited edition of Mickey Mouse watches (Spot Mickey & Mirror Spot Mickey) was introduced from Swatch on November 18, 2018 – to celebrate Mickey’s 90th anniversary of creation.
On January 7th, 2021, Swatch released Mickey Blanc Sur Noir – their second Mickey Mouse watch collection. The timepiece is unlike any other Mickey Mouse watches you will ever encounter.
Featuring a black-and-white pop-style design, this timepiece from Swatch is a unique minimalist watch. A plastic case and strap material keep the watch’s quartz movement safe from water damage up to 30 meters. Forget about hour markers or other functions as the only details you will encounter in the watch dial are Mickey’s face in black and white, and 2 yellow hour hands.
24608 Invicta Mickey Mouse watches for men
From the Disney Limited Edition Collection, Invicta presents an astonishing Mickey Mouse watch for men. The watch comes in a stainless-steel bracelet and case, with a blue-toned dial, a rotating bezel, and a strong-looking crown.
The design of the watch is focused on Mickey Mouse as the manufacturer has decided to let Mickey adorn the watch by placing him in the center of the watch dial. Around Mickey are perfectly positioned luminous hour markers – a combination of the baton and round indexes. From the mineral crystal glass, you can admire a date window positioned at 3 o ‘clock, an arrow marker at 12 o’clock, and luminous Mercedes-style hands.
The watch comes in a Japanese quartz movement and provides 200M of water-resistance. The manufacturers suggested retail price? $695.
Classic Mickey Mouse watch for men – Disney collection
Probably the crème de la crème of Mickey Mouse watches, this classic piece for men from Disney shop gets closer to the authentic vintage Mickey Mouse watch design.
Disney was the one who brought Mickey Mouse to life, and there is no surprise this watch is a true reflection of the iconic vintage Mickey Mouse watch design. I don’t want to keep sides but if you are looking for a Mickey Mouse watch, this is the one.
The watch comes in a gold-toned case with a brown leather strap with buckle enclosure. The dial features a classic white-milky color with Arabic hour markers. Mickey has stolen the show as the manufacturer has positioned the cartoon character in the center of the dial with Mickey’s arms telling the time.
The mineral crystal and the stainless-steel case back keep the quartz movement safe from water damage up to 3 ATM. Price? $39.95 with a one-year warranty.
TIMEX × BEAMS Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary watch
A collaboration of Beams, the Japanese watch manufacturer, and Timex, brought an amazing Mickey Mouse wristwatch to life to celebrate the beloved characters’ 90th anniversary. A ‘Piecut eye Mickey’ from the 1930s adorns the watch dial, also featuring the iconic mechanism of Mickey’s hands rotating to tell the time.
The watch comes in a stainless-steel round dial with a small crown and Arabic hour markers. Released with different strap models, the ones you will possibly find will be equipped either with a NATO strap or leather material.
This Mickey Mouse watch from Timex and Beams is no longer available on official stores but many pre-owned 10 out of 10 models can be found on Amazon and eBay. If deciding to purchase one of those, remember to always check for the manufacturer’s original box and papers. Only this way you can avoid purchasing a cheap replica.
FAQ about Mickey Mouse Watches
Q. How much does a Mickey Mouse watch cost?
A: Depending on authenticity, year of release, and the model, a Mickey Mouse watch price range goes from $40 up to $25K.
Q. Which is the cheapest Mickey Mouse watch?
A: The lowest-priced authentic Mickey Mouse watch you will possibly find, is the Classic Mickey Mouse watch for men from Disney with a price tag of $39.95.
Q. Which is the most expensive Mickey Mouse watch?
A: The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Mickey Mouse watch is now for sale at chrono24 with a price tag of $25.476.
Q. When did Mickey Mouse watches first release?
A: Five years after Mickey’s first release in a Disney animated film, future Timex began the mass production of Mickey Mouse watches in 1933.
Q. Where to find a vintage Mickey Mouse watch?
A: VintageRadar.com is one of many online websites that will equip you with a vintage Mickey Mouse watch. Surf through their precious collection to find the vintage Mickey Mouse watch you are looking for.