Today's offering showcases this classic 14K white gold Art Deco Waltham watch owned and worn by heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey. Known as "The Manassa Mauler" and "Kid "Blackie", Jack Dempsey was the dominant heavyweight world champion for a shocking length of time.
The watch is engraved on the back, "Presented by the Police Gazette to Jack Dempsey 1929."
Police Gazette was an American magazine founded in 1845 that focused primarily on men’s lifestyle, sports, Guinness World Record competitions, and more. The magazine customarily listed the “world champions” of boxing.
Competing from 1914 to 1927 "The Manassa Mauler” was an icon during the 1920s; he treated fans to an aggressive fighting style and exceptional punching power that made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Dempsey’s lure allowed him to set financial and attendance records, including bringing in the first million-dollar bout, which took place in July 1921.
Dempsey competed in 75 bouts, having a career record of 54-6-9, including 44 knockouts. Dempsey’s champion reign from 1919 to 1926, lasted for a total of 7 years, 2 months, and 19 days, ranking 7th longest of all time.
In 1950 the Associated Press voted him as the greatest fighter of the past 50 years, and he is, of course, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Mr. Dempsey's Waltham has a striking Art Deco styled case with easy to read silver luminous dial luminous blue steel hands. It showcases a classic and pleasing Art Deco design. It was made by well-known U.S. maker Waltham.
While not a large watch, it is pleasingly larger than most similar styled watches from the era.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled the movement (engine) down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled the movement making it ready for immediate enjoyment; otherwise we have left the rest of the watch untouched.
Note that if you would like the dial restored to like new please inquire. It comes on a new crocodile strap.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function and a full-page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Accompanying it is a Certificate of Authenticity and Provenance from a well-known auction house.
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own boxing legend Jack Dempsey's watch.
Connoisseur of Time Celebrity Collection:
I'm excited to have recently launched a new collection that is composed of 54 watches owned by 32 iconic celebrities and public figures. It may be the largest current collection of celebrity-owned watches in the world. It will be constantly changing and is currently headlined by watches and clocks owned by some of the most legendary Hollywood actors and actresses, musicians, comedians, and entertainers:
The King, Elvis Presley. (Just sold)
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
The King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis.
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
Hollywood icons Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, Greta Garbo, and Mickey Rooney.
Legendary musicians Johnny Cash, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, and Hank Williams, Jr.
Sports great and soccer legend Pelé, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, Yankee great Lefty Gomez, and Green Bay Packer Mike Bucchianeri along with the game ball, signed photo and watch from the college football "all star" Blue Gray Game in 1940.
Further filling the current collection are watches from King Edward VIII and the Duchess of Windsor, beloved Hollywood host Ed Sullivan, Academy award-winning actresses Loretta Young and Doris Day, Emmy award-winning actress Valerie Harper, renowned illusionists Siegfried & Roy, Phyllis McGuire of the chart-topping McGuire sisters, Elvira Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson), and fashion designer to the stars Nolan Miller.
It also includes rare watches given by heads of state: A prototype 18K gold Buren Microrotor gifted by His Royal Majesty Ibn Saud, former King of Saudi Arabia; a Felsa given by former Libyan Colonel and Head of State Muammar Al Qathafi; a Longines given by Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa former Prime Minister of the State of Bahrain; a Baume & Mercier gifted by the King of Jordan. All three watches are new-old-stock in presentation shadow box frames with photos.
Recently sold was a watch given a handful of years after the Civil War concluded by the Vice President Elect to honor an Army commander who went on to receive the Medal of Honor.
This is a significant, exciting, and constantly changing new collection you won't want to miss! Stay tuned over the coming weeks for photos of other special pieces from the collection!
To view the first few already up for sale follow this link: https://shop.connoisseuroftime.com/collections/our-celebrity-owned-historical-event-watches?page=1&sort_by=created-descending
Country of origin: U.S.A.
Year made: Made in 1928, sold in 1929
Model: 1898 "Sapphire" grade
Serial no.: 26,880,912
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Case material: 14K white gold
Case condition: Excellent - it has been left just as we acquired it.
Dimensions: 27.5mm diameter (excluding crown) by 35.5mm long
Dial: Silver naturally warmed to a sepia tone, signed Waltham, luminous Arabic numeral indices, original and untouched.Note that if you would like the dial restored to like new please inquire.
Hands: Original, blue steel luminous
Movement type: Well-made Waltham handwound 15 jewel, "Sapphire" grade, rhodium plated and decorated
Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
Servicing: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an extremely experienced team of four watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; Certificate of Authenticity and Provenance from a well-known auction house; New timing certificate
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee