Hoods & Hands | Lot 379

Four Fiat Timepieces, ca. mid-1960s-1972

$2,000 - $3,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

€1,700 - €2,600 EUR

£1,450 - £2,200 GBP

27 October - 3 November 2021

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Old England
Hedy Watch
Ca. mid-1960s-1972

This unique one-of-a-kind set includes two of ‘The Motor Wrist’ Steering Wheel Wristwatches by Old England, ca. mid-1960s-1972. Both are mechanical manual wind, Swiss 1 jewel movements, and retain their original crystals with “Old England” printed on the inside. The wristwatch with black and red FIAT logo dial, and perfect black outer steering rim is fitted with a new leather rally sport strap. The wristwatch with FIAT 'racing' style dial with the later block style text and crossed racing flags is fitted with its original Tropic Sport brand strap. The outer diameter of each rim measures 39 mm. A new watch box is included with each.

The third timepiece in this set is a FIAT tire key fob watch by Dalia, ca 1960s. It has a skeleton back with visible movement. The swivel case allows for easy winding and setting the time. It features mechanical manual wind, and Swiss 17 jewel movement. The perfectly clear back side crystal features the FIAT logo in black which is printed on the inside of the crystal. It is fitted with its original key chain. The tire is still soft and pliable with great tread detail. The outer diameter of the tire measures 44 mm. It comes with its rare original box.

The fourth timepiece is a FIAT steering wheel desk clock and paper holder. The watch portion is by HEDY WATCH, ca. 1960s. It features mechanical manual wind, and Swiss 17 jewel movement, with a date window. The clock case is all metal with a gold plated bezel mated to a steel case, and mounted to the two-spoke black plastic FIAT steering wheel. The steering wheel is attached to a spring loaded hinge which is mounted to the metal base. The steering rim is designed to hold papers between the bottom of the rim and the metal base, which has the FIAT logo paint-printed on it. The clock measures 1.5 in. dia., the steering wheel measures 4.5 in. dia., and the metal base measures 4.5 x 6 in. These clocks were not available to the general public. They were used for in house company promotions, awards, and as gifts to company executives and VIPs. This is an incredibly rare timepiece.

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