New York Subway Token Watch

For the pre-Metrocard era New Yorker who remembers when it was the token that got you uptown.
  • This watch is hand crafted from an authentic 70's era 7/8" Y-cut New York Transit Token.
  • The dial is made from a "revenue bag" that was used to transfer tokens throughout the system. 
  • 40mm stainless steel bezel, brushed stainless steel bezel & caseback
  • Caseback engraved "Authentic 1970 – 1980 NYC Token."  Mineral crystal.
  • Genuine leather strap with contrast stitching. Strap length measures 197mm (approx. 7-3/4"). Choose cognac or black.
  • Battery operated Swiss movement.
  • Each watch comes gift-boxed with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Licensed by the NY MTA.
  • One year warranty from date of purchase.

Additional Product Information

Tokens & Icons was founded with the New York Transit Token Cuff Links in 1991 when Ward Wallau, the founder, was approved for a license with the New York City Transit Authority . This occurred eleven years after he first approached them in 1980 when they filled in the "Y" of the quarter-sized "Y-cut" subway token. While he understood that businesses need to find ways to save money, Ward wanted to prove to the NYCTA that by filling in the "Y," they were dispensing of something truly unique and beloved to the city and its riders. He purchased these older tokens whenever he saw them sitting on the front ledge of an operator's booth and he eventually amassed 100. Though not a cuff link aficionado, Ward thought this format might be a logical way to reincorporate the tokens into New York's daily life and, of course, prove that the "Y-cut" token had more life to it. For more information, please visit NY MTA Authentication.