Revamped by The Buckley Manufacturing Company, Chicago, Illinois, in 1948, this machine began its life bright maize yellow like all coin front Watling Rolatops of that vintage. Buckley's revamp consisted of repainting the sides and base a dark brown, of adding closed, inoperable vendor covers to the bottom castings of machines originally equipped as vendor fronts, of adding their own reel strips and door locks, and most important of all, of rebuilding Watling clocks with metal bull gears.
Although Buckley produced clock gears for many types of slots, for early Watling Rolatops and some Treasuries, metal gears are a vast improvement over the fiber bull gears this era Rolatop originally came with. Everything else about the mechanism to this machine is pure Watling. As you see, this Rolatop has its original no cheat parts, brake wires, jackpot assemblies, etc.
It plays and pays well and isn't particularly dirty or greasy and, neither, is there rust or corrosion, nor are there any broken or repaired parts. For every-day use it should be lubricated. All of the cabinet castings are in perfect condition and the solid oak cabinet... Both sides and the base... Are in great shape, too.
Note the correct top back casting with its bent coin return button still in place! The jackpot assembly is complete and in good condition and functions properly as does every mechanical aspect of this machine. As you can see, the reel strips are in nice condition and so is the award card. Even the original glass is clear and good.
I have numerous Watling slots and this machine compliments both my Watling and my Buckley collections. I've collected vintage slots for 45 years and have lots of original coin-op advertising and slot machine parts. Careful packaging of this machine in a metal-ended fiber barrel is free. Thanks for looking and God bless!
The item "ANTIQUE 1936 5 CENT WATLING ROLATOP SLOT MACHINE" is in sale since Monday, September 05, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Casino\Slots\Machines\Antique Coin Slot Machines". The seller is "gsnickol1999" and is located in Great Falls, Montana. This item can be shipped to United States.