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Lot 20: 1971 Mathey-Tissot Custom-Made Watch with "ELVIS PRESLEY" on the Bezel - Gifted by Elvis to Memphis Sheriff Roy Nixon
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
Prior to the January 16, 1971 ceremony for the Jaycees "Ten Outstanding Young Men" award given to Elvis Presley, he had his Memphis jeweler, Harry Levitch, customize a number of watches as gifts for his closest friends and associates to commemorate the event. The Mathey-Tissot gold-toned watches had a special bezel added with four stars and "ELVIS PRESLEY" circling the face. Elvis was as proud of the Jaycees award as any he had ever been given during his career, and he went to great lengths to celebrate the event with those closest to him. These watches were his way of saying thanks for all the support during his career. The watches were also given to the other nine recipients of that year's Jaycees award.
The handsome automatic watch is marked with the serial number "342596" on the back of the case along with "Stainless Steel Back Swiss Made Mathey-Tissot." The gold-toned dial with day and date window is attached to an adjustable gold-toned woven bracelet (likely added later). The offered example was presented to Roy Nixon, the then-sheriff of Memphis who, later, became mayor of Memphis. The wristwatch comes with a letter from Roy Nixon that states in part, "...I became friends with Elvis Presley. In fact, in 1970 I made him a special deputy, and later chief deputy, and deputized some of his group of guys so they could carry guns. Tehre [sic] is a picture in 1970 with myself and the guys displaying our badges. During this time, I received some gifts from Elvis. One such beautiful gift was a Mathey-Tissot watch." A December 28, 1970 receipt for the watches being ordered from Harry Levitch Jewelers resides in the Graceland Archives. These timepieces were produced in very limited numbers and are highly sought-after by advanced Elvis collectors. The watch face measures approximately 1 3/8 inches (3.493 cm) in diameter. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Please Note: Two numbers in the watch's serial number were transposed in our original description. The number in red, above, is now correct.
Condition Report: The watch is in well-loved condition as expected with use and age, with some wear to the gold-tone around the bezel, otherwise in Very Good condition overall.