Vintage Swiss Watch Help

christianj

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Can anyone help me identify this wristwatch? Maker? Movement maker? Age? Originally assumed it was German since it's from my German grandfather's estate but marked Swiss inside and on movement. Only Swiss manufacturer I have found that has a history using odd shapes octagonal cases over the years has been Longines but I can't find anything this vintage with the shape from them.

For those interested, cranked right up and is keeping time.

Thanks in advance for the forums help,
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mosesgodfrey

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Total aside—It’s amazing how many 7 jewel watches I’ve gotten in lots that last saw oil who knows when but run like a champ. Decent timekeepers, too.
 
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christianj

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Thanks all In identifying the movement! Any guesses on the brand? Shield movement were used by a lot of brands weren’t they?
 

Dave Haynes

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I have seen 7J movements that were drilled and refreshed like a clock is. All were pocket watches. This is a statement about how expensive watches were back in the day. Companies like Olympic Watch Co owned by Gsell made about 3/4 (my estimation) 7J movements. It showed that the buying customer just didn't know, care or understand the purpose of jeweled movements. A Patek would be fully jeweled at 15J.
 

mosesgodfrey

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Yeah, there are really no tracks to follow. I cannot even date it. American market 1913-1921 or UK some other time? Possible dial refinish long ago, no brand traces or country of origin marks visible.
 

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