The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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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 “Stainless Steel Back Base Metal Bezel” on the back (likely a later replaced back). The gold-toned dial with day and date window is attached to an adjustable gold-toned metal band with the marking “Duchess - U.S.A. 1/20-10K G.F. Top Stainless Bottom” on the interior clasp. The offered example comes with a copy of a letter on TCB letterhead dated 10/25/88 from Patsy Presley that states: 

Dear Tom, This small, but very significant jewelry box set along side several larger ones that Elvis had on his dressing table. Although, it might have gone un-noticed by most - this little treasure chest held some-things that were much more valuable - for it was brimming over with small treasures of yesterdays memories gone by - Memories that only Elvis would hold dear. I’ve seen Elvis go through his expensive jewelry, perhaps choosing a favorite ring - he would slide it on his finger and give one of those devilish cunning smiles. He really loved large extravagant pieces of jewelry, the kind he shared, often, with everyone who was fortunate to be there at the right time. Elvis, also loved and appreciated the less expensive gifts he received - some from family and friends and others, even from a fan occasionally, that would somehow get mixed in with the personal gifts. Elvis knew that each of these gifts had been chosen with great pride and much thought and love had gone into the final choice. When Elvis opened his Christmas or birthday gifts he would make sure that he devoted equal time to each gift - he always felt that it was not the gift, but rather the thought that counted. Elvis was truly a believer in the true meaning of Christmas for everyone. I miss this little chest Tom, I too, have often looked at all the pieces wondering which ones held the most special memory for Elvis. Well, Thomas, time to sign off - Enjoy your Elvis trinkets - Thank you for taking care of them - I may want to visit them someday in my autumn years, ha! Your friend, Patsy Presley Gambill (AKA - Fatsy Mc).

It is evident how treasured this watch was to Elvis as these timepieces were produced in very limited numbers and as such are now highly sought-after by advanced Elvis collectors. A December 28, 1970 receipt for the watches being ordered from Harry Levitch Jewelers resides in the Graceland Archives. The watch face measures approximately 1 3/8 inches (3.493 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The watch is in excellent condition overall and although not currently running may simply be in need of a replacement battery.
Elvis Presley Owned Mathey-Tissot Watch with “ELVIS PRESLEY” on the Bezel – From the Batch Purchased Prior to the Ten Outstanding Young Men Award Ceremony
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $8,125.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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