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Vintage Stutz Bearcat Working Pocket Watch Indianapolis 500 Race pocketwatch

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This is a very special Vintage Stutz Bearcat Pocketwatch with the Stutz Name with Wings on the Front. The words on the front are "The Car That Made Good In a Day". This watch was made specifically for the Stutz Bearcat Company.

"The Stutz Bearcat roadster was preeminently the sports car of the Jazz Age, " writes John B. Rae in his book The American Automobile. Car buffs called the Bearcat the classic sportscar of the era. According to Ralph Stein, "the Stutz Bearcat, like Paul Bunyan or the Twentieth Century Limited, is part of the American Folklore, ".

In 1914, the Stutz Bearcat was entered in the famous INDY 500 race in Indianapolis. The car was unknown but surprisingly finished the grueling race and came in fourth. The Stutz Bearcat was thereafter known as the "car that made good in a day." The INDY 500 was, and still is, the most renowned event in car racing and is still held each Memorial Day. Winning or even placing at the INDY 500 is comparable to the Kentucky Derby, the World Series, Super Bowl or the Academy Awards. In no time at all the Stutz Bearcat became the darling of Hollywood, New York City and Newport R.I. - any place where conspicuous consumption existed.

In Hollywood, Gary Cooper could be seen speeding around town in his Bearcat. In New York, the Great Gatsby himself, F. Scott Fitzgerald was frequently reported to be speeding back and forth from the city to the Hamptons in Long Island with his wild and fun loving wife Zelda at his side. Nationally famous society/gossip columnist Walter Winchell parked his Stutz Bearcat prominently outside the Plaza Hotel in New York or in front of the famous theatrical hangout, Lindys' restaurant. Winchell was frequently reported hobnobbing at Lindys with Damon Runyon, and other public figures of the era.

This is a very unique and classic pocket watch. This watch measures 2" in diameter and is in good vintage condition.

Vintage Stutz Bearcat Working Pocket Watch Indianapolis 500 Race pocketwatch


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