Mickey Mouse Meets Carol Burnett and Her Watch

Once again I have found a Disney reference in an unexpected place. My wife and I have been watching the lost episodes of The Carol Burnett Show:

Episode #108 – November 4th, 1968

The above episode started with a Q&A session between Carol and the audience. For some reason, an audience member asked “Why is everyone wearing Mickey Mouse watches?” In answer, Carol extends her left arm and shows that she is indeed wearing a vintage Bradley MM watch:

That is very hard (ne: impossible) to see, so here is an image of what a Bradley Mickey Mouse watch looks like:

She informs the audience that Soupy Sales had given it to her the year previous when he was a guest star on the show. For those unfamiliar with this man, Milton Supman (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009), was an American comedian, actor, radio/television personality, and jazz aficionado. But I digress…

She goes on to give a little history of the watch and some advice. We are told that an original Bradley MM watch sold for just $2.95 US but now (in 1968) could fetch a price between $150 and $175.00 US.

Her advice? If you had one at home: Keep it safe!

Today you can pick up a Bradley MM watch for between $40 and $75.00 US on eBay. The drop in price is due to the availability of merchandise from around the world on sites such as eBay, and also due to the fact that literally millions were made. So they aren’t as rare as one might suppose.

You can get a less-than-mint version without its original strap for under $10.00 US.

Disneyland Monorail Watch with Original Case

“Please stand clear of the doors” From the Highway in the Sky to the Monorail Watch on your wrist, along comes a once-in-a-lifetime find! I love it when something like this pops up when I’m not expecting it. I was at a junky flea market the other day, and in the back of a lonely display case, was this:
Walt Disney Signature Series (?)
Leatherette case
Mint condition with plastic still on crystal and back
The Disneyland Monorail Watch
Genuine Leather band
A trip through time and the Mark series of Monorails
Monorails were around in the late 1800’s, but Disneyland didn’t get one until 1959 when Walt Disney decided to completely renovate Tomorrowland. So along with the Matterhorn and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea came North America’s first functioning Monorail system.
Artwork created by a Disney Artist, but it doesn’t indicate which
Hidden Mickey clasp
I’ve both Googled and searched eBay for this watch without success. So I can’t, as yet, provide any more information about it.
But what a find! For this Monorail enthusiast, this is the Holy Grail of watch finds. So far, I’ve left it in its original case and haven’t worn it. I’m saving that thrill for a special occasion!
Now please be seated or hold onto the rails. This post will be leaving shortly for a tour around the Magic Kingdom… of fandom!