At the end of this month, June 22, 2013 to be exact, Actor,James Dean’s pocket watch will be auctioned off by Antiquorum Auctioneers in Hong Kong.
As a young actor in New York in 1951, James Dean purchased an Elgin pocket watch, simultaneously his career was starting to take off. This pocket watch was considered a “lucky watch” by the actor as he was superstitious and became his good luck charm. In the movie East of Eden released in 1952, he is seen wearing this watch with an alternative cover in order to hide his initials “J.D”. Years after securing his status as a giant movie star, James Dean gifted this pocket watch to Ms. Tillie Starriet, a former Warner Brother’s personnel whom he called “Mom”, as a token of gratitude and appreciation for supporting him throughout his career.
Technical Details of James Dean’s Pocket WatchMade circa 1889, it is a keyless gold filled pocket watch. The case is a four-body, Bassine et Filets, with engine-turned back, cartouche with JD engraved on the front, coin-edge case band, hinged cuvette.
The dial is white enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track, sunk subsidiary seconds and blued steel spade hands.
The movement is rhodium plated, 3/4 plate, with 5 jewels, straight line lever escapement, cut-bimetallic compensation balance with blued steel balance spring. Movement and case are signed and it measures 37mm.
It is accompanied by the original fitted box, chain, lamp pendant and documentation attesting to its provenance.
Estimate is $5,000 to $10,000