Could anyone give more information on Swiss Empress watch?

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    Could anyone give more information on Swiss Empress watch?

    Hello,
    I'm local on f10, but month ago I bought small swiss watch as a gift for a friend of mine for her birthday. Search for information of Swiss Empress watch brand didn't get me anywhere, so I'm hoping somebody here will help me It's a lovely little watch and I'm sure my friend will love it, but I honestly have no clue how old it is
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    Re: Could anyone give more information on Swiss Empress watch?

    The style is rather late sixties or even seventies. I can find several "Empress" brands, including ones by Benrus, Bulova, Wittnauer and Girard-Perregaux (all well known brands), but no "Swiss Empress". I suspect the only way to get further is to have it opened up and take a look at the movement. That ought to be a decent one, although possibly generic, in view of the 25 jewels, Incabloc shock proofing and automatic winding.

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    Re: Could anyone give more information on Swiss Empress watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    The style is rather late sixties or even seventies. I can find several "Empress" brands, including ones by Benrus, Bulova, Wittnauer and Girard-Perregaux (all well known brands), but no "Swiss Empress". I suspect the only way to get further is to have it opened up and take a look at the movement. That ought to be a decent one, although possibly generic, in view of the 25 jewels, Incabloc shock proofing and automatic winding.

    Hartmut Richter
    Thank you very much for a quick reply! I'm not sure if Swiss is a part of the name, but it kinda looks like that from the dial design.
    Sadly, I can only post a picture of the back with number 2551 on it, not sure of this is a serial number or a movement number (soviet ones sometimes have them on the caseback). I will do my best to get it opened, but I'm a bit afraid to damage the movement.
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    I did opened it, here are the movement pics:
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    Also, this is the writing I found on the inside of the caseback:
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    Re: Could anyone give more information on Swiss Empress watch?

    I'd have to wonder if this was a sister brand to Swiss Emperor.


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    Re: Could anyone give more information on Swiss Empress watch?

    In this case, the number on the back is probably the movement number: ETA 2551 (from 1965-1972).

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: ETA 2551

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    Re: Could anyone give more information on Swiss Empress watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    In this case, the number on the back is probably the movement number: ETA 2551 (from 1965-1972).

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: ETA 2551

    Hartmut Richter
    Thank you very much for your help, looks exactly like the movement it has, just with different writing.

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