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    Help identifying grandfather's vintage watch......

    My grandparent's house is being sold, and while sorting through things my aunts and uncle have occasionally sent us pictures of certain items to see if anyone is interested in them. I expressed interest in this watch, as I would love to own any watch that was my grandfather's. The picture quality is not the best, and I was unable to see what manufacturer is listed on the dial. Unfortunately this is the only photo I have access to at this time. If anyone can point me in the right direction, i.e. the maker, I would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. My Grandfather was born in the mid 1920's, so I imagine this is from the 1940's at the earliest.

    Thanks again for any help.

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    Re: Help identifying grandfather's vintage watch......

    I think that you will be lucky to identify it from that photo only. Since you are in the US, the names that spring to mind are the US brands (Hamilton, Waltham, Elgin, also Gruen, Benrus, Bulova). Of all those, after blowing up the picture to a certain extent, I would go for Gruen but that is very little more than a roll of the pencil to decide between brands (the length of the name fits and the initial letter looks vaguely like a "G", and that's about all). You say 1940s at the earliest but from the style of the watch, I'd say 1940s at the latest. Possibly early fifties but the tiny subdial rules out a later date IMO.

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    Re: Help identifying grandfather's vintage watch......

    Thank you for the suggestions! I have tried searches for Gruen, Bulova, and Hamilton already, but will keep at it. The make of the watch doesn't affect its value to me, I'm simply curious. Thanks again for taking the time.

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    James

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    Re: Help identifying grandfather's vintage watch......

    Looks like a Gruen

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    Re: Help identifying grandfather's vintage watch......

    its a longshot but you could try rolex. the letters seem to be a 5 letter brand name like gruen but can't tell.
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    Turns out it is an Ontario, and says Swiss Made over the sub dial.
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    Re: Help identifying grandfather's vintage watch......

    Hmmmm. The only "Ontario" in Mikrolisk was a brand of Odo SA but they were located in Morez, France and made watches for the Latin American market. Either it has at least a Swiss movement or it belongs to another watch company.

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    Re: Help identifying grandfather's vintage watch......

    Hartmut,

    I was able to get the back open to look at the movement, and it gets more interesting. The movement is stamped "Swiss Made 7 Jewels," and then someone hand-etched onto the back of the movement "Unadjusted, A.D. Bennett, 7." The case back again has "A.D. Bennett, Swiss" hand-etched into it, and it looks like possibly 1934, although the date is so faint I am not sure. The case back also has "Chromium Plated Nickel" stamped on the back.

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    Edit: I also noticed all of the hands appear to be blued. And more pictures

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    Re: Help identifying grandfather's vintage watch......

    That one puzzles me somewhat. The main thing I find interesting is the "Swiss Made" on it - for it looks very much like a German movement. It is evidently a pin lever movement but does go so far as to possess seven jewels (often, they had one or even none). The bearing for the lever is rather close to the edge, a little like a Thiel or UMF movement, but that was German.....

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    Re: Help identifying grandfather's vintage watch......

    Distinctly a Meyer & Studeli pin lever. Does this look familiar?

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