Information about this watch was researched and referenced from Just collecting (.com). This site explains the history of the watch and how to tell an original which this A Spiro Agnew watch is with original watch strap. It is correctly marked "Spiro Agnew Original". It is an early 1970s novelty watch featuring a cartoon depiction of the former Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew. You can go to that reference to get the whole background as to why Agnew ended up being a Caricature on a watch.

"Spiro T. Agnew was a former Republican Governor of Maryland, and was chosen by Richard Nixon as his candidate for Vice President during the 1968 election. He became the first Greek American to serve in the role, but his relationship between himself and President Nixon deteriorated quickly after their election victory." ...seen as a joke among many Democrats, "The Californian Democrat Dr. Hale E. Dougherty decided to design and market the watches as another joke, but was amazed when they became popular across the United States."

The watches became very popular so of course, fakes and knock offs appeared. The following from just collecting explains that the original models were made by the Dirty Time Company, and their name or D.T.C. will appear on the watch face. This watch is marked with the full "Dirty Time Co." on the watch face. His arms ending in red gloves are the watch hands, he is outfitted in red white and blue as is the original watch band. One hand shows the peace sign, the other the "BS" sign. Knock offs had regular watch and and inferior graphics. Authentic watches only have the 12,3,6, and 9 numbers, rest are blue star points with Swiss made on either side of his feet. The 12 and somewhat the 6 are partially obscured by the head and feet.

.The original watch band could stand a bit of cleaning. and the watch has its finish on the back worn from skin contact, but it is in really good condition and is in great running condition.

ITEM ID
RN405
COLOR
Blue
ITEM SIZE
standard
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

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Wrist Watch Authentic Spiro Agnew Caricature Novelty Collector Watch

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