OREX Pocket watches?

Karl Schluter

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Hello, I wonder if any member can help me with who the OREX brand was? I have 2 of their pin set watches from the same era (roughly between 1890 and 1910), the first marked J. E. Hood, Oamar, NZ, belonged to my Gt Grandfather who died in 1911. The J. E. Hood on the dial was a local watchmaker and Jeweler in the town of Oamaru (misspelt on the watches dial) in the South Island of New Zealand. The 2nd OREX watch appears to be very similar to the first and comes from another NZ watchmaker or Jeweler in the town of Gore, (which is another South Island town in New Zealand, but farther south of the first). I gather OREX (with "Swiss made" written on the bottom of the dial) had an agent in New Zealand who had the dials labeled to suit local retailers, although I'm not at all familiar with how this process was done (possibly it was done outside of NZ bearing in mind the misspelling of a fairly well known NZ town). Anyway as mentioned above, does anyone know anything about the OREX brand? I have tried searching online but with no real luck, Take care, Karl.

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JTD

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OREX was a trade name used by a number of firms. Perhaps the most likely is Louis Schorer of Chaux-de-Fonds, who registered the name in 1925. (Mikrolisk does not list the logo on your watch, only the name).

Others may know more.

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