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    Davis Supreme watch?

    I picked up a box of watches for $3 at a rummage sale and this was one of them. A 25 Jewel Davis Supreme Automatic. Anbody have and info on this one?

    Inside rotor has Prestige Watch Company on it and the back says Canava Anerican (looking at photos - will check when I get back home, may be Canada American, but does not look like it) Watch Factory LTD, Canada.

    It actually keeps good time and runs well, Will need to have it serviced if I am going to wear it.









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    Re: Davis Supreme watch?

    Haven't heard of Canava America sorry. The watch looks like it's from around 1960 or so. Others may know more.

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    Re: Davis Supreme watch?

    The movement is a Durowe caliber 562 which began production in 1954. Durowe was a German company based in Pforzheim. In 1959 U.S. Time (Timex) bought Durowe. Later, Durowe moved to Swiss ownership.

    I never heard of the Davis brand. Perhaps it was a store brand.

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    Re: Davis Supreme watch?

    It doesn't help - but there's a modern watch brand called Davis (founded 1987):

    http://www.davis.fr/
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    Re: Davis Supreme watch?

    Hi -

    The right to the name Durowe and to the IP of the movements produced by said company is owned by Jörg Schauer of Stowa watches. He acquired the rights to Durowe when he acquired Stowa a few years ago. The name is a contraction of Deutsche Uhr Rohwerke, German Watch Raw Movements (loses something in the translation...).

    As far as I know, Durowe never left German ownership, but rather Timex sold it back to Stowa way back when after Timex stopped using German movements for Timex watches sold in Europe during the early 1960s. However, this is a poorly documented time in the German watch industry.

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    Re: Davis Supreme watch?

    I checked the caseback and it is:

    CANAVA-AMERICAN
    WATCH FACTORY LTD
    CANADA

    Hmm, this does seem like an interesting watch then, German movement in a Canadian made watch. SO I have to wonder, is this a Davis Supreme, a Canava-American, or perhaps a Prestige Watch?

    I have a Timex 400 with the German Movement in it, made for only a year or two, maybe they are brothers?

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    Re: Davis Supreme watch?

    Timex sold Durowe to the Swiss consortium Ebauches SA in 1965. Later in the 80s ownership moved back into German hands.

    There is some history of Laco-Durowe here: Laco-Durowe History

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    Re: Davis Supreme watch?

    I have a little info:

    - founded in 1933 with business ties to Laco founders
    - big player in the German market known for high quality and reliable movement
    - had some firsts in German market including first automatic
    - Timex bought Dugena in 1959 with interest in their R&D into electric watches
    - "Laco-electric" was to appear in 1961 - Germany's first reliably functioning electric watch.
    - 1963 created thinnest German made auto
    - On 01.09.1965, the Swiss firm Ebauches S.A. took over Durowe to acquire easy access to the markets of the then E.E.C.- today's European Union - through the German company
    - this summary is from text by Thomas C. Huggler

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    Re: Davis Supreme watch?

    The Durowe movement manufacturing company was not mentioned as part of the move back to German ownership in the 1980s.

    What was mentioned was "Laco" and the fact that they were using Swiss movements in watches under that name

    I don't know what happened to Durowe, but that text doesn't mention them after 1965

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    Re: Davis Supreme watch?

    Yes, that's right. Movement production basically ended in the late 70s anyway so the ownership question is really just of the name.

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