In the mid-1960s, Corum introduced the public to its Coin Watch, a timepiece with a dial made from a golden dollar. The model has become popular, with American presidents and celebrities being spotted with this model, and has evolved into a symbol of the brand.
Since then, a number of models with difference coins have been released. Most can only be glimpsed when they turn up at a Christie’s or Sotheby’s auction. If you wish, you can compete with collectors for one of these models. But there is still a possibility to get one new.
At the last BaselWorld watch fair, the manufacture unveiled a new Coin Watch, featuring the $10 Indian Head gold coin. This coin was minted in the United States from 1907 until 1933, and, on a personal commission from President Theodore Roosevelt, their design was developed by American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
However, the coin, mounted in to the timepiece is not used in its original form: Corum’s master watchmakers also decorated it with colored blue, red and white enamel. The enamel was applied by hand to the feathers of the Indian headdress.
This model features only two hands, driven by an automatic movement (Caliber CO082) with a 38-hour power reserve. The mechanism is framed by a gold case 36mm in diameter, and the crown is decorated with a diamond weighing 0.17 carats.
The Corum Indian Head Coin Watch is completed by an alligator leather strap with a yellow gold buckle. It’s priced at approximately US$41,000.
Photo credit: Chronoscope.ru for Haute Time Russia.