After a three week delay in delivery from 200 km away in France my Vitova finally arrived this morning, so it's not had a wash and brush up yet, but has some interesting identifying details.
Andreas at Mikrolisk lists Vitova as one of the two brands of V.J. Tovatt Co. of Los Angeles, California. The inside of the screw back is marked "TKC" which I guess could perhaps be the casemaker, as well as "Made in France". It runs on an AS 1194 which is marked as "Canoe Watch Co", and the movement is also marked "CZA", which is the American import code for the Canoe Watch Co. It came on a two tone Spiedel which, if not original, is contemporary with the watch, which, so far, I haven't changed.
I've not been able to trace TKC, nor the Canoe Watch Co, in fact I've only found only one other reference to Canoe, marked on the movement of a Super Sea-King
I would have thought if it had been assembled in Switzerland the Swiss movement etc would have enabled it to have been marked as "Swiss Made" even if the case was French, and presumably the CZA code indicates that the US authorities regarded the maker to be Canoe, so was Canoe French?
I was going to add "answers on a postcard please", but with the likely paucity of information, the back of a stamp will do