The American Swiss Watch Co.

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  1. Bill Manders

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    Does anyone have any knowledge of this company, or have any clocks from this company ??
    I have just made a Garage sale purchase of the clock I am posting here. I have not taken it apart just yet so have no pics of the movement. Just the case, and dial. When looking around the net I have a page that tells me that the company started in 1896 in Capetown, from a Russian immigrant. Isaiah Hirschsohn.
    But if you make out the small print on the dial it states made in Germany ?
    Any familiarity with this maker would likely help me.
    Thanks,
    Bill

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  2. Kevin W.

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    Interesting find Bill. I found this, Timeline
     
  3. Uhralt

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    The clock looks very German to me. I think he imported these and sold them under his name.

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  4. JTD

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    I agree 100%. If we can see the movement and especially the back plate, we may well be able to know who made it.

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    Thanks all for the info. I will take the movement out soon and post pictures of it. I do realize that often makers bought and used movements from others.
    The name of the clock being American Swiss watch co. was interesting, as I for sure had never heard of it. There was no info when I searched here in previous threads about this company. so made me think that it was something, at least not common, if not rare.
    Thanks for that info Kevin, and that is where I found the only info I had on the clock.
    Thanks again all,
    Bill
     
  6. Kevin W.

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    Looking forward to finding out the maker. This reminds me of my Franco American clock, sort of.
     
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    The Third picture shows GAD**N Germany
    I cannot make out what the first word is, it might be a town or the name of a maker
     
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    It's just "Made in Germany". The picture is somewhat blurry.

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  9. Bill Manders

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    Here are some pictures of the movement, sorry for the poor one of the emblem, but it is unreadable even with more light.
    Thanks,
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    As far as I can tell from the photo of the logo, it is that of Jahresuhrenfabrik Triberg/August Schatz & Soehne. A clearer photo would help but that is what I think I can see (it's two elephants with a clock between them).

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    Thanks,
    I'll look up the company now, and determine if that is a good maker.
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    Well that was almost an effort in futility. I found information, kind of on the clock, but nothing that really pertained to my clock. Most of the info was on an anniversary clocks.
    I believe mine is a 7-8 day clock, just by the wind. I have not had it running for that period of time yet, so do not know that for sure. I also have no idea of the date, but think it would be the mid 1890's to the early 1900's, but those are just guesses, on my part.
    What do you think,
    Thanks,
    Bill
     
  14. JTD

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    Going by the style I think it's later than that. I would say 1920s to 1930s.

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