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It’s About ‘Time’ for the D23 Expo

posted on August 18th, 2011 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Ingersoll Mickey Mouse Wrist Watch

I’m beyond fascinated with time. Whether you believe that time is linear or cyclical, the biggest challenge I face is that I never have enough of it (oh, 36-hour day – where are you?). Luckily, there are several new timepieces coming to Disney Parks that will help me keep track of my disappearing time. Some of these new timepieces salute the first Mickey Mouse watches made by the Ingersoll Waterbury Clock company. Signed by the late Disney Legend Kay Kamen, Ingersoll was the first Disney licensee to introduce Disney watches at the 1933 Chicago Exposition. The original watches were an immediate hit and are now highly desired collectors’ items. I spoke with Tracie Alt, Product Developer for Timepieces, about the introduction of these tribute timepieces.

“We are excited to introduce these classic Mickey Mouse timepieces to Disney Parks in the United States,” explained Tracie. “There is a lot of history that comes with these watches and they are a great tribute to the heritage of the Walt Disney Company. While the watches look like the originals, they were made with modern materials.”

Ingersoll Pocket Watch from Disney Parks

I think my favorite is the pocket watch as it reminds me of a pocket watch I had when I was younger (except I think I need a waistcoat). Good news if you are attending the D23 Expo this coming weekend! These Mickey Mouse watches will debut in the Dream Store. Tracie also told me that guests attending the Expo will get a sneak preview of something new.

Ingersoll Classic Watches from Disney Parks

“We will have a sneak preview of several classic Disney watches by Ingersoll at the D23 Expo,” continued Tracie. “These watches feature classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck, paired with fashionable designs. They will be released this coming fall.”

Spoiler alert for my mother – I think I found your next birthday gift. She is a Minnie Mouse fan yet I’m drawn to the Donald Duck design. Each classic Disney watch will be packaged in a Mickey Mouse shaped metal tin.

Artisan Watch Program Artwork by Disney Artist Eric Scales

I have “time” for one more preview (yes, I write all the jokes). My fellow Disney Parks Blog author Michelle Harker shared with me this artwork by Disney artist Eric Scales. The designs are part of the Artisan Watch Program at Disney Parks and were created especially for the D23 Expo. Each watch will have an edition size of 100 and a retail of $125.

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Sean on August 18th, 2011 at 11:14 am

Disney watches are my guilty pleasure :) Quality is always something to expect, and I love that. I hope to get my hands on Donald!

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Ashley from CA on August 18th, 2011 at 11:24 am

Oooh! I cannot wait to get the watches! Will they be selling at the D23 Dream Store? :)

 

Steven Miller on August 18th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

@Ashley – Yes. The watches pictured in the top two images will be released at the D23 Expo Dream Store. There is one additional watch that will be released but wasn’t pictured. It can be seen here:

http://eventservices.disney.go.com/static/vinylmation/images/DTPM_Timepieces_Ingersoll02.jpg

The third image in the article features watches that will be on display only (not for sale).

The last image features artwork for watches that will also be released in the Dream Store. Hope you enjoy the Expo! :-)

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Darren from CT on August 22nd, 2011 at 10:09 pm

It’s great to see these! The Waterbury Clock Co. was purchased by Timex. Timex moved it’s corporate headquarters to nearby Middlebury, CT and continued to make time pieces for Disney even to this day. Today, the Waterbury factory has since moved overseas but there is a wonderful clock museum that pays tribute to Waterbury Clock. It’s also a great place to find several Mickey Mouse pieces on display. The corporate headquarters for Timex is still in Middlebury – there’s an entire design department dedicated to watches for Disney.

 

Steven Miller on August 23rd, 2011 at 6:20 pm

@Darren – Awesome! Thank you for sharing that information.

About a year ago (where did this past year go?) – I shared an article about some of the new Timex watches: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/11/do-you-have-the-time-mickey-mouse-watches-at-disney-parks/

But I’ve never visited their HQ – add that to my list of things to do … when I find the time. LOL!

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Howard on September 4th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Love the watches. How / where when can I order pre order them? Also the Timex watches from your blog 11 2010!

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