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Dan Dare Pocket Watch - Genuine and Fake

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This is a subject that causes considerable annoyance in English collecting circles. Ebay is awash with fake character pocket watches and one popular subject for the fakers is the Dan Dare Pocket Watch by Ingersoll. This is a long overdue warning to potential buyers.

 

There's only one genuine Dan Dare pocket watch. It shows Dan Dare fighting a dragon. Any other pocket watch is a fake of fantasy piece. (There is a Dan Dare wrist watch, but that's another story.)

 

Here's the original. It must have a turning second disk and Dan Dare's hand must move up and down. In addition the back must have an engraving of an entire eagle (not just the head) and the wording EAGLE. Look carefully at the picture on the dial and if it looks odd, grainy, blurred or uneven then it has probably been replaced and its will be seriously devalued.

 

Dealers will tell you that Dan Dare watches were released without the Eagle engraving. That's just bullshit. No Eagle - Beware!!!

 

You may, of course, be happy to pay £30 for a £2 pocket watch with a photocopy of a Dan Dare scene. That's fine, as long as the seller tells you that it's not a genuine piece. If you are unwittingly paying £200 for a fake Ingersoll then that's wrong.

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These are just a few of the fakes on Ebay. Ask the seller if they are genuine and he'll probably tell you that he thinks so and that the watch is old. There's no guarantee that the dial is old, though. You're just buying a cheap old £2 watch and a photocopied dial.

 

The more imaginative sellers will tell you that they were produced by workers in the Smith's watch factory during their lunch break. That's untrue. They were probably produced on his lunch break yesterday.

 

Q: Hi, is this a genuine Dan Dare watch?

A: Yes the watch is from the 60s.

 

Q: I can see the watch is old but Is it a genuine Dan Dare dial?

A: As far as I know.

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Fake The Mekon Pocket Watch: a modern creation

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Below is a fake based on the Dan Dare Planet Gun box.

 

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This appeared in a reputable auction house described as a USA release. The picture on the dial is a poorly trimmed copy of artwork from the small Dan Dare shooting game. Space Shooti.... !!!

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Another couple of fake Dan Dare watch. This even has an eagle head on the back with the wording EAGLE.

 

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You gotta keep 'em honest Brian! Anything to make a buck, or in your case, a pound.

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Two more fake Dan Dare watches. .

 

In the second example they couldn't even be bothered to get Dan's head in the frame!

 

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Brian

Don't get me wrong but anyone who would readily cough up 200 quid for some of the abominations you've shown on this post must surely have more money than sense.

OK we all get duped somewhere along the way but usually by good copies or heavily refurbished items.

I am guessing anyone on alphadrome  would not surely believe these highly dodgy looking watches are the real deal.

Like you say 30 quid for a novelty is acceptable.

Keep up your good work of warning us but remember you can't protect those who want to dive in without doing their homework.

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My intention is just to get these pictures of the fakes indexed on Google. I'm not particularly indignant, I just dislike the fakers. If I stop one shady sale it's worth the effort.

 

The scam, incidentally, applies to all character watches.

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Brian honestly I'm not having a dig at you.:sorry:

I just think if someone pays £200 for these obvious fakes it would be their own fault.

I like seeing them if only to see how bad they really are.

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I didn't think you were! Your point is a fair one, but they're only obvious if you know. People are very trusting.

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Yeah got to admit I have been duped myself. Not with robots.

Maybe off topic another time.:blush:

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