01 July 2010

Time Is on My Side

Not every item found in Top eBay Chess Items by Price is really about chess. Chess pieces and boards are used to embellish just about any item you can think of and many items you never would have dreamed of.

The auction for watch pictured on the left, titled 'Mens 1920 CHARLES TISSOT Vintage Watch w/ CHESS FIGURES' (pre-owned), received 25 bids and sold for US $900.00. Its description started

TISSOT • UNIQUE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF TIMEPIECE, VERY BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE WATCH CA 1920’s, VERY BEAUTIFUL MECHANICAL WORK • This auction is for vintage timepiece example ca 1920’s gents watch that features DIAL with CHESS FIGURES and CHESS FIELD and 2-x double signed HIGH GRADE MOVEMENT. It was made by the Watch Company of Charles-FĂ©licien Tissot, made in Switzerland.

followed by a history of the Tissot company and a detailed description of the watch:

This timepiece features a DIAL with CHESS FIGURES and CHESS FIELD is in excellent condition. This dial features a 12 hour outer track border with red enameled Arabic numerals, black enameled main Arabic numerals with RED 12, steel Breguet-style hands and a seconds dial with 60 second outer chapter and “sweep” steel seconds hand. Signed TISSOT – ANTIMAGNETIQUE in black enameled lettering below the RED 12 and WHITE CHESS FIGURE. The new dial has been professionally updated, and now is in excellent condition. [...]

How much of the final price was for the Tissot name itself? An expert in watches could probably tell you.

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