The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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From the Estate of Eddie Fadal

Elvis was honored as a recipient of the Jaycees “Ten Outstanding Young Men of America” award in 1970. Elvis took great pride in this distinction, making this one of his more coveted awards.The awards banquet was held in Memphis and Elvis was so honored by this recognition that this was the only award for which Elvis would give a speech of thanks and accept in person. Prior to the January 16, 1971 ceremony for the Jaycees award that was given to these ten men, Elvis Presley 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 of 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 offered example was presented to Elvis’ longtime friend and entourage member Lamar Fike. Lamar began working with Elvis in the mid-1950s after being introduced by George Klein and the close friendship continued throughout the rest of Elvis’ life and career. Lamar introduced Elvis to Anita Wood, joined him in Germany for his military service, and stayed in Elvis’ inner circle over the course of Elvis’ entire illustrious entertaining career.

This handsome automatic watch is marked on the back of the case along with “Stainless Steel Back Base Metal Bezel” (likely a later replacement back). The 14 karat gold watch with day and date window on the dial has the “Automatic / Swiss Made” markings and is attached to a gold-toned expandable bracelet that has a black coating down the center. 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 comes with a letter from Eddie Fadal’s daughter and Lamar’s wife, Janice Fadal, in which she describes her relationship with Lamar and the circumstances in which Lamar sold the watch to her father. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The watch presents with moderate to heavy wear, apparently Lamar wore it quite a bit. But it is in working order. Excellent condition.
1971 Mathey-Tissot Custom-Made Watch with “ELVIS PRESLEY” on the Bezel - Gifted by Elvis to Memphis Mafia Member Lamar Fike to Commemorate Elvis’ “Ten Outstanding Young Men of America” Award*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $8,750.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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