When did Eatons start the 1/4 Century Club?

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  1. Paul Raposo

    Paul Raposo Registered User

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    This morning I saw an Eatons 1/4 Century Club pocket watch with an Electa movement marked T. Eatons. It was in a Cashier gold filled case.

    Gallet started shipping completed Electa movements to Eatons in 1890, based on this website:

    Gallet and Electa Watches

     
  2. D.th.munroe

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    Hi Paul
    apparently 1919
    There was a book published on the 25th anniversary of the quarter century club with pictures of past quarter century club employees from 1919-1944
    Dan.
     
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    Thank you for your reply and this info Dan, very much appreciated.

    I always thought all the 1/4 CC watches were Rolex, this is the first time I've seen a non Rolex example.
     
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    I forgot to ask a follow up question. When did Eatons start using Rolex exclusively for the Century Club watches?
     
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    That might be a harder question to answer.
    I have wondered if that book said anything about the watches they received or if the employees had a choice of wrist or pocket watches, there were rolex prince wristwatches as well.

    I also hadn't heard of a non rolex/aegler 1/4 century watch until now.
     
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    There's a copy of the book for sale online from an Ontario bookseller but it's $40 plus shipping and I can't swing any purchases right now. I am tempted though simply because of the history.

    Some years back Larry Foord, (of the Uncle Larry website) did an appraisal on the Canadian Antiques Roadshow featuring a QCC Rolex Prince. I had the video on VHS tape somewhere.

    The interesting thing is, the site I linked above has an old catalogue page that said the Electa movements were made to fit Dennison and American cases without modification. The watch case on the watch I saw is a gold filled Cashier but had no presentation engraving. Every QCC watch I've seen over the decades has had a presentation engraving.

    Was the watch recased? Were the early watches presented without an engraving? Is this just an assembled watch the seller is trying to pass off as genuine?
     

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