Watches as an art form – A Norwich Resident article


As you may know, ‘Mr Oakleigh’ writes a regular column in the luxury lifestyle magazine ‘The Norwich Resident’ (

In November 2015 the article was called ‘Watches as an art form‘ and here it is:

This month I would like to introduce you to the concept of the wrist watch as an art form through the guise of the most famous cartoon character in the world – Mickey Mouse.

The very words ‘Mickey Mouse’ suggest something sub standard when applied to a watch but over the years this most iconic of artistic images has been applied to some very important watches indeed..

The first to feature this most famous cartoon character were made by Ingersoll in the 1930’s and are still covetable today…

But it wasn’t until the 1960’s that Walt Disney cottoned on to the possibilities that came from combining their character with Rolex, the most famous watch brand in the world and asked them to create some watches for them.

No one really knows how many genuine Mickey Mouse Rolex were produced, although we do know that there are a LOT of fakes around, and we also know that there were two main designs – the ‘full dial’ and the ‘leaning Mickey’.

Opinion is divided regarding which is the most desirable – let me know what you think…

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