Geneva Brand Wrist Watch

JeffL

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I recently acquired a 21 jewel, self-winding Geneva watch (at a VERY reasonable price) which was probably produced in the late 50's or early 1960's given the size and style. Was the Geneva brand like Benrus where a Swiss movement was added to a US made case or did they buy movements from elsewhere? I know very little about this brand or it's history and any information would be appreciated.

Thanks, JeffL
 

doug sinclair

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Welcome,

The names Geneva and Geneve are frequently used as brand names for watches. Since the name cannot be copyrighted, it has little or no meaning when determining a source. If you can show pictures (good, fucused, well lit, BIG), of the outside front, outside back, inside back, and the "works" (the movement), we might be able to offer a bit of information. Basically, it is a generic (SWISS?) watch.
 

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Correct.

It is NOT a brand name. For years it has been nust a generic term for a watch with a Swiss movement.

Last year I saw, for the first time, a watch marked Geneve, that has a Japanese movement.

Hilarious.

Geneve or Geneva is just a city. And just means it is generic and "supposedly" Swiss.

Jeff
 

Dave Haynes

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Grenchen.....Geneva... I've seen several watches with that name, all nice steel cased with good ETA movements. Omega sold watches with that name as well.
 
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