A Novelty Pocket Watch Worthy Of James Bond
Sometimes a watch is more than just a watch. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, luxury Swiss watchmaker LeCoultre (est. 1833) – long known for their watchmaking mastery of complicated chronographs, repeaters and other unusual watches – manufactured a watch for gamblers; it was called the Roulette Casino Royal. This remarkable watch features a composite 5-piece 14K gold case, with outer bezel that freely spins and functions as a roulette wheel. This is a large (42mm, or about 1.65 inches) men’s pocket watch.
An enterprising gentleman could settle bets or make extra cash by having a roulette watch in his pocket. The numbers on the outside are hard-fired red and black enamel. The Swiss-made movement is high grade, caliber 480, with 17 jewels.
Because the watch was in rough condition and only 14K gold, we valued it at $1,000 – $1,500. Had it been in mint condition in 14K gold it would have brought between $2,500 – $3,000; and if it had been in mint condition and 18K gold it would have brought close to $5,000. While most gambling collectibles fetch high dollars, we are always looking for roulette watches, ivory poker chips, slot machines and antique gaming tables.
Do you have a vintage timepiece of your own, or another unique collectible? We are always buying and make house calls.
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