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    Crosby?

    Picked up a vintage "Crosby" from the EARLY 50s. It has an ETA 1256 auto in it and says on the back "watchcraftsmen cased and timed by precision" I can't get pics because my iPod won't let me post them!!!!! Anyway, does anyone know about this "brand"? It also says "everbrite watch co.) on the rotor. Nice movement.


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    Re: Crosby?

    Most likely it is a private label made for a jeweler or a company. I've not heard of the brand before.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb
    Most likely it is a private label made for a jeweler or a company. I've not heard of the brand before.
    That's what I'm thinking. Seems to be made by precision?
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    Re: Crosby?

    Andreas at Mikrolisk has 4 entries for Crosby, the first two in New York, which may have some relevance perhaps.

    Also, there is a Swiss Export/US Import code for Everbrite, "EXC", which perhaps might be on the movement.

    Hope that helps a little
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    Quote Originally Posted by john87300
    Andreas at Mikrolisk has 4 entries for Crosby, the first two in New York, which may have some relevance perhaps.

    Also, there is a Swiss Export/US Import code for Everbrite, "EXC", which perhaps might be on the movement.

    Hope that helps a little
    I'm just wondering who was behind all this lol
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    Re: Crosby?

    Quote Originally Posted by stratct View Post
    I'm just wondering who was behind all this lol
    It sounds to me like a Swiss export/US import, probably for one of the two NY companies. In the 50's it seems that as a way of avoiding tax they would import parts and assemble partially in the US to avoid taxes. It could well be that Everbrite was just a fiction set up just to get the code. In the same way, "watchcraftsmen cased and timed by precision", is actually pretty meaningless as it doesn't actually refer to a Company, but the unwitting buyer of the time would find it appealing. Basically you have a very nice Swiss watch imported to the US and sold under the Cosby label. It was likely the movement was shipped with the case seperately and cased up in the US for tax reasons. If you see my Vitova thread you will see I have just such a watch, supposedly by the Canoe Watch co, who I don't actually think ever existed. What we both have is a little bit of 1950's entrepreneurism in action, and a little bit of history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john87300

    It sounds to me like a Swiss export/US import, probably for one of the two NY companies. In the 50's it seems that as a way of avoiding tax they would import parts and assemble partially in the US to avoid taxes. It could well be that Everbrite was just a fiction set up just to get the code. In the same way, "watchcraftsmen cased and timed by precision", is actually pretty meaningless as it doesn't actually refer to a Company, but the unwitting buyer of the time would find it appealing. Basically you have a very nice Swiss watch imported to the US and sold under the Cosby label. It was likely the movement was shipped with the case seperately and cased up in the US for tax reasons. If you see my Vitova thread you will see I have just such a watch, supposedly by the Canoe Watch co, who I don't actually think ever existed. What we both have is a little bit of 1950's entrepreneurism in action, and a little bit of history.
    That's what I was going for! Thanks. Can you post a link?
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    Re: Crosby?

    Here's a Crosby watch with a Vulcain Cricket movement. The photo is from ebay.

    Name:  Vintage 1950's Crosby Wrist Alarm 17j All SS Watch 1. + .95.JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffa
    Here's a Crosby watch with a Vulcain Cricket movement. The photo is from ebay.

    <img src="https://forums.watchuseek.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=715192"/>
    That's nice
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