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    Smile Hello - new here to the forum!

    Just wanted to say hello! I have purchased my first vintage watch and I am fascinated by the mechanical movement. I really like the sound of how the watch runs!...

    Well, I have read the sticky posts -- and before I make a fool of myself with stupid questions..... can anyone point me toward good reading on vintage watches? Tissot focus would be grand (that's what I bought).

    I am not interested in the value of the watch, more so it's heratige and if it's real or fake :)...

    Nice to *meet* everyone!

    ** edit ** ooops, forgot to post pics of the watch I bought ROFL....
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    Re: Hello - new here to the forum!

    Hi and welcome.

    Your watch looks good to me - but I'm not very knowledgeable, so I'll let others comment further. Tissot's own website has some history (choose 'about us' first):

    http://www.tissot.ch/

    Here is an article about collecting:

    http://ezinearticles.com/?A-Collecto...ches&id=282936

    Cheers!

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    Re: Hello - new here to the forum!

    The watch appears geniune. The movement is a Tissot Cal. 27-1T (cf. http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...k&Tissot_27_1T - but be aware that the picture there shows the Cal. 27-21T with indirect central second adaptation which includes an extra wheel on the back) and if Ranfft is correct in his serial numbering, yours ought to be from the mid-fifties.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Hello - new here to the forum!

    It is definitely in the Tissot 27 calibre family. But I don't think it's a 27-1T... there are others in the family that look closer like the 27 itself. These calibres were made from the middle 30's to the middle 50's.

    Hartmut, does Ranfft have a serial number list? ... or did you get this information from all the movement pics??

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    Re: Hello - new here to the forum!

    I tend to agree with Hartmut that it's from the 1950s. The stampings on the back plate and the serial number are pretty close to the 27-21T from 1952 illustrated in the Ranfft archive. The corresponding subsecond movement would be 27-1T.
    As far as I know Tissot does not have a serial number list published on the Internet.
    Thanks to the original poster for posting.

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    Re: Hello - new here to the forum!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    I tend to agree with Hartmut that it's from the 1950s. The stampings on the back plate and the serial number are pretty close to the 27-21T from 1952 illustrated in the Ranfft archive. The corresponding subsecond movement would be 27-1T.
    As far as I know Tissot does not have a serial number list published on the Internet.
    Thanks to the original poster for posting.
    Ah, you are correct. I had always assumed the movement pics at Ranfft were of the actual calibre being discussed. But he re-uses pics... evidently the pic for 27-1T is actually a 27-21T...

    In a much earlier post in this forum it was mentioned the book Tissot used to distribute with their watches had a serial number list. So I got both the English and German versions and couldn't find it. (The German version has a lot more nice pictures!) Too bad. It would be very useful.

    Maybe that's one of the reasons old Omegas are so valuable... you can get a lot of information about them... ?? AFAIKT, these Tissots are just as well built.
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    Re: Hello - new here to the forum!

    I like Tissot very much and agree it's a quality watch. Just not as much info about them unfortunately.
    About the only watches that can be positively identified from movement serial numbers are certain higher end Swiss and a fair number of "all-American" brands.

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    Tissot Serial Numbers

    Attached is a table of Tissot serial numbers versus manufacturing dates.

    The serial number on the poster's watch (2943525) dates the watch to 1953.
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    Re: Tissot Serial Numbers

    Thanks for info Jim. I've saved for future reference.

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    Re: Hello - new here to the forum!

    Thanks Jim. I've copied your post over to the Tissot forum.
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