How about this Goofy little vintage?

Thread: How about this Goofy little vintage?

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Member DoctorC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    1,158

    How about this Goofy little vintage?

    Now here is something you don't see every day.

    A 1972 Helbros backward running Goofy watch.
    From what I have been able to research,
    The most famous innovation by Helbros was the design and manufacture of the 'Backwards Goofy Watch', made to the same specification as the other watches but had a manual movement that went counterclockwise, showing the time backwards. The original cost of the watch was $19.95. It was started production in 1972 and later that year Helbros was bought out by the Bradley watch company. Though it was copied as retrospective tributes by both Lorus and Pedre, 1972 was the only year it was produced with Helbros on the dial.

    It still has the original band and buckle. It was given to my sister in law by her dad (he bought it new) many years ago and he told her to keep it around. When I came over one night and picked up a couple watches to fix for my Bro-in-law, I spotted this lying in a box full of misc stuff (Broken hair clips, keys etc). I told her I wanted to borrow it for a while and clean it up a bit. I polished the scratches out of the dial (Luckily the case was near pristine). I told her she can only have it back if she promises to keep it somewhere other than the junk drawer!
    "No matter where you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Bonzai

  2. #2
    Member mike184's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    846

    Re: How about this Goofy little vintage?

    Hi!

    Nice watch and nice (hi)story, thanx for sharing! From the quality, it looks much better than the cheap Mickey Mouse watches from Ingersoll and others.
    Best regards, Mike

  3. #3
    Member Eeeb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Great Lakes - USofA
    Posts
    18,132

    Re: How about this Goofy little vintage?




    This one runs backwards too... confusing if your only watch
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

  4. Remove Advertisements
    WatchUSeek.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Member Marrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    East Yorkshire, UK
    Posts
    7,743

    Re: How about this Goofy little vintage?

    Nice watches. I think that if these were worn all the time, you'd soon get used to reading them and then find conventional watches difficult to read.

    And its interesting that the Goofy figures are virtually identical - except for the position of the ears.
    Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."

    Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)


    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

  6. #5
    Member DoctorC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    1,158

    Re: How about this Goofy little vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Nice watches. I think that if these were worn all the time, you'd soon get used to reading them and then find conventional watches difficult to read.

    And its interesting that the Goofy figures are virtually identical - except for the position of the ears.
    And looking closely you can see that the Lorus has an updated version of Goofy compared to the Helbros. The white eyes for an example and the rounder more "Cartoonish?" face.
    "No matter where you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Bonzai

  7. #6
    Member DoctorC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    1,158

    Re: How about this Goofy little vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post



    This one runs backwards too... confusing if your only watch
    Is this one quartz?
    "No matter where you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Bonzai

  8. #7
    Member Eeeb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Great Lakes - USofA
    Posts
    18,132

    Re: How about this Goofy little vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorC View Post
    Is this one quartz?
    That is what it says!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

  9. #8
    Member DoctorC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    1,158

    Re: How about this Goofy little vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    That is what it says!
    Saw the Lorus but my eyes skipped right past the "QUARTZ".
    Since it was Tax day, I was on very little sleep and my eyes were a tad blurry, That's my excuse and I'm sticking by it!
    "No matter where you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Bonzai

  10. #9
    Member Eeeb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Great Lakes - USofA
    Posts
    18,132

    Re: How about this Goofy little vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorC View Post
    Saw the Lorus but my eyes skipped right past the "QUARTZ".
    Since it was Tax day, I was on very little sleep and my eyes were a tad blurry, That's my excuse and I'm sticking by it!
    I was glad I got my taxes done a little early ... a carved a bit of the refund into another watch (IWC Da Vinci SL Chronograph... not vintage but cool all the same!).
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •