eBay’s National Watch Day highlights timeless, historical watches
In celebration of June 19th being designated as National Watch Day in America, eBay recognizes some of its long-standing sellers that host a collection of some of the most unique and historical watches.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared June 19th to be “National Watch Day,” which has been celebrated annually since 2017. It was Nordstrom, the popular retailer, that founded National Watch Day to celebrate the history and design of watchmaking. The day recognizes an industry that has been around for more than 500 years and is steadily evolving.
In celebration of National Watch Day, eBay recognizes some of its long-standing sellers that host a collection of some of the most unique and historical watches. Amongst them, long-standing eBay storefront, Connoisseur of Time, sells some of the rarest watches on the market with everything from a 1921 Art Deco Audemars Piguet to a 1963 Omega Seamaster “Kleeback” to a 1970 Rolex Oysterdate with a hand painted Mickey Mouse.
Collector Paul Hoyt started Connoisseur of Time on eBay as a side project 15 years ago and has since made the business his full-time job with over 5,000 clients world-wide. A full overview of some of the most interesting watches from his collection included below – every watch backed by eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee service. His current selection includes watches worn by Michael Jackson, Loretta Young, and Johnny Cash. But we would like to highlight some of his historically significant watches being offered.
With a fairly unique P800 engine the case for this 1956 Jaeger-LeCoultre is wonderfully thin and unlike many of their dress watches from the era, it was originally waterproof and has a screw-down back.
This 1963 Omega Seamaster “Kleeback” salesman’s demonstration watch from has an uncommon caliber 560 movement.
Popularized by Ginger Roger and Fred Astaire in their award-winning musical of the same name, this 1940s era Patek Philippe “Top Hat” embraces the elegance of the 1930s and 40s.
Made for the very prestigious jeweler Betteridge, this very rare 1921 Art Deco Watch from Audemars Piguet bears the retailer’s name on the dial.
This 1912 Pre-World War I Era Rolex Trench Watch is one of the earliest known outwardly signed Rolex watches.
Unlike many of Tiffany’s ladies vintage watches made for the U.S. market, this Tiffany & Co. Ladies Backwind Miniature Bracelet watch is a true all European creation with tiny movement made by Blancpain and case and bracelet specially made in France.
This 1961 IWC Platinum Vintage Men’s Automatic Watch is a rare example made for the Japanese market encased in platinum and powered by the Albert Pellaton designed Caliber 853 movement.
This 1970 Rolex Oysterdate with a hand painted Mickey Mouse was produced from1950’s into the 1980’s, it was a strong commercial success for Rolex, winning a large following.
You can visit the eBay storefront, Connoisseur of Time to discover all the historical treasures.
|Movement||Self-winding caliber A-500; 60 hours power reserve|
|Functions||Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph and date|
|Case||42.5mm; titanium; water resistant to 30m|
|Dial||Salmon (6N gold plated) with gené or frosted area; Super-LumiNova filled Arabic numerals|
|Strap||Ballistic gray rubber; titanium folding clasp|