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    Anyone know anything about Orvin watches?

    Wondering if anyone can shed any additional light on Orvin.
    I bought an Orvin watch back in later September/early October.

    It's a great watch and an example of how one can get a nice vintage piece at a reasonable price.

    Anyway, I know that Orvin was based out of the Orvin municipality in Switzerland and that Sears was apparently their distributor in the United States, but other than that, I know nothing.

    Here are some photos of my watch; it has some nice patina on the dial. I put it on a new brown leather strap shortly after I got it.

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    Look forward to reading anything you guys have to say.

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    Re: Anyone know anything about Orvin watches?

    The search function finds THIS THREAD explaining the origin of the name... The search showed a surprising number of hits.

    Nice example! 32mm or thereabouts??
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Anyone know anything about Orvin watches?

    Thanks! Part of the reason the search function has so many hits is due posts by yours truly. The first five thread results are ones I posted my Orvin in.

    And, yep, you nailed it right on the head. 32mm!

    P.S. I know the thread says that Sears filed a trademark in 1951, but I have seen Orvin watches from the 40s and possibly the 30s. The guy I got mine from had one from the 40s.
    Last edited by ImitationOfLife; December 20th, 2010 at 02:29.

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