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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 05, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
This auction is for a very hard to find and rare Disney Mickey Mouse Bradley "Nodding" or "Bobbing" Head Animated Mid Size Wrist Watch from 1972 in fantastic condition, never worn, only a couple of tiny flea bites on the back case you can barely see with my $1500 camera, this was well cared for by an adult collector. The face is bright and shiny, the sides of the case have no scratches, the original strap is mint. Very sharp, nearly 40 years old and still running strong, if you aren't familiar with this piece, do not buy one that isn't running, they are very hard to repair, even by a seasoned watch expert and the cost is steep, put in perspective, my watchmaster who does the Ingersoll Mickeys that I sell, that few watch guys in the country can do, charges me the same amount to repair these as he does my 76+ year old '30's Mickey's that will run you $500-$1000 and up (('ve got a couple available now). He hates working on these, a guy with over 50 years professional experience. Point is, if you buy a dead one and think you can grab a beater for $40-$50 and have it repaired, it'll cost you around 3 times that to have it serviced, and that's if you're even lucky enough to find a watchman who can. If you know watches, picture a guy who can tear down and rebuild a pin-lever watch from the 1930's without fail, but despises working on this model. I bought this running and still had to put $40 into it to time it. I currently have 3 in-stock that are just gathering dust, not functional, too costly to rebuild (and my watch guru would shoot me for even asking him to). You can see a quick video of what it looks like in action here below (hopefully), Ebay has messed with linking videos so if you can't see it embedded, either copy/paste the address in your browser, the one that begins "http" or just go to Youtube and type in Mickey Nodding Watch, I have the only vid of it running, it's not your watch in the vid, just so you can see how cool these are. This is one of the "Holy Grails" of Bradley Mickey's and one of the most popular Mickey watches period. Apart from this being a timeless classic looking timepiece, it's animated and Mickey Mouse's head "nods" from left to right as the second counter, a very unique watch. It runs like a champ, and these are notorious for breaking. These ultra cool watches are very hot Disneyana collectible time pieces, one sold at open auction for $315 a few weeks ago in this condition (which means at least 2 bidders went to $310), mint in box it's valued up to $400 (which I don't have or it would have a bigger pricetag), you'll see one listed at $380 now.. My "buy it now price" is so low you could buy 2 and still have change to match even the lowest price available! Hey, if you want a Bradley box for it, I'll get you one for the $140-265 you'll save, or here's a better plan, buy mine and pick up the box for about $10 on Ebay! I'll field best offers as well. Quite frankly, I'm "hot-selling" a number of Disney collectibles this week so I can acquire a large watch collection I'm negotiating for. Fair warning, many of the Bradley Mickey watches look almost identical to this piece and without very well-shot photos, you won't be able to discern the floating head as the 3-D image is difficult to capture on camera, so don't go buying the first clean Bradley Mickey just because it has a similar appearance, the disparity in value based on the number on the back of the case varies vastly. Only a couple of others are quite valuable and coveted, most, much more commonplace and cheap. I sell about half my best pieces to "boutique" character watch companies on the internet so you know my pieces are good as well as my prices since they have to mark the stuff up they buy from me by double or triple the cost to make a healthy profit. My prices are always below or well below fair market value as I'm here to sell, not chuck a bunch of items in my store at the highest price attainable waiting for some hapless newbie to overpay, that's why my store is always rotati...