Dan Dare, on the front cover, was certainly the star turn and amongst the character-branded merchandise, the watch was our Holy Grail of the times. The sub seconds dial and automaton arm/ray gun added considerable sophistication.
My new acquisition is the earlier version, made in 1953. The Eagle publishers decided that the Ingersoll dial script was too assertive and ordered a replacement variant where ‘Dan Dare’ was substituted for the maker’s name and ‘Made in Great Britain’ was removed.
I now need to find an original box – probably much rarer than the watch itself, so I’ve started saving!
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