Case and unusual hallmark question.

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    #1 MrRoundel, Feb 19, 2020
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    Is anyone familiar with a hallmark for an 18k gold case that says, "Austria/Argentina" 0.750 (in a rectangle) that would be on a Swiss wrist watch case? The watch manufacturer's name is engraved below and the hallmark is quite askew of the plane of the this mark. It seems unusual for the maker, which happens to be Girard Perregaux. I usually see different, more security-inducing, hallmarks on GP 18K cases of the '60's. The marks I see are generally well lined up with company names, etc., not slanted like the one I'm asking about. And they often have icons denoting the karats of gold as well.

    Any input is appreciated.

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    Sorry. Added image.
     
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    OK, so I found another similar marking on another GP watch. It was marked "Industria Argentina", not "Austria Argentina". The missing letters and the lack of obvious connection between two countries was throwing me. The watch with similar markings had the karat content marked on the outside of the case back, next to the "Industria...." marking. So the relatively crude engraving may just be the way things were done for watches exported to Argentina, perhaps cased there as well. No telling for sure. But at least I found a close match for the markings. Cheers.
     
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    That is correct. At the time this watch was produced, Argentina had a heavy tariff on gold watch cases. An easy solution was to import just the movement and have a contractor produce the case under license.This is why "Girard Perregaux" is also engraved on the inside.

    This practice is sometimes called "National Production". Other countries with similar tariffs at that time included the UK, France and the USA. For USA National Production, movements were limited to 17 jewels and stamped "Unadjusted". Many times the US importers adjusted the watches here as part of the assembly of the case and movement.

    Hope this helps,
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    Thank you for your reply, gatorcpa. Yes, it does help. Cheers.
     

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