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    Help identifying a watch

    First I would like to say that although I am a first time poster, I have been lurking in these forums for the past couple of years. I really appreciate all the information and insight I've gleaned from these threads and have made two watch purchases based on what I've learned here. I am currently the proud owner of a Seiko 5 Sports (first mechanical watch), my great grandfathers Timex Self-wind (saved from going to goodwill, circa 1959), and also a Seiko 6139 ("Pogue" circa 1976). I hope to own an Omega Speedmaster Professional someday but that's a conversation for another day.

    The reason I'm positing is to get some insight on a watch I picked up this past weekend. It's an obvious "homage" to a Cartier Tank, but I can't seem to find any information about the watch based on its markings. The dial appears to be enamel with the l/L/S F A below the 12 position, SWISS below the six position, and has blue hands. The case back is plain with the exception of a five digit number. The crown has a blue stone/glass cabochon. The inside of the case back is marked "S. KOCHER SWISS" and has a three digit number on the outside rim. The movement is marked "17 JEWELS SEVENTEEN S. KOCHER UNADJUSTED SWISS."

    Based on my research, my best guess is that this is a generic homage tank watch circa 1950s. I'm curious to know how close my guess might be and would really appreciate any insight you all can give.

    Thanks for your help,

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    Re: Help identifying a watch

    Sorry, but I don't know much about your watch, all I can say is it's a nice man's dress watch in a classic style with a good looking 17 jewel movement, I'd get it serviced and wear it.

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    Re: Help identifying a watch

    S. Kocher is Sylvan Kocher Co. also of the Eska Watch Co. of Grenchen, Switzerland.
    Movement looks like the ETA 2512-1, 7.75''', that will date your watch between 1975-1983.

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    Re: Help identifying a watch

    Agree with Matt,a nice mens dress watch from the 60`s ties,the movement is a Eta something in the 25xx series,probably the 2512.I would add the initials under 12`oclock will be that of the jeweler/retailer and not the maker.Nice watch,wear it in good health.


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    Bobbee nailed it,2512-1 given away by the hairspring clip so pushing the date into 80`s.
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    Re: Help identifying a watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Apollonaught View Post
    Agree with Matt,a nice mens dress watch from the 60`s ties,the movement is a Eta something in the 25xx series,probably the 2512.I would add the initials under 12`oclock will be that of the jeweler/retailer and not the maker.Nice watch,wear it in good health.


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    Seems my reply bounced off some space junk in the upper atmosphere....either that or i was too slow.
    Bobbee nailed it,i confirmed it.

    Great minds dude, great minds...

    I at first thought the 2512, but the click is different, as is the escape wheel jewel mount and the shock resist holder.
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    Thanks for your help! I think it may be a women's watch because it's fairly small. I'm not sure that makes a difference in the indentification but I'm sorry I didn't include that info in the original post.

    Thanks again,

    Justin
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    Re: Help identifying a watch

    Yes at that size a ladies watch,..................ever thought of starting a thread on one your seiko`s?I myself like seikos and i`m sure i`m not alone.
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