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    "Lost" brands with quality movements

    Hello there,

    I am looking for "lost" brands that do not exist anymore but have very good movements, like Elgin for example. I am looking for dress watch types. What would your suggestion be?

    Kind regards,

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    Re: "Lost" brands with quality movements

    Lucien Piccard, the real one.

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    niton, ekegren, agassiz, paul ditisheim, ed koehn...

    just a few off the top of my head.

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    Minerva

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    Re: "Lost" brands with quality movements

    Excelsior Park (especially chronographs), Angelus, Buren, Record, Leonidas, Helvetia (not the PW brand of Louis Brand Freres, aka Omega), Phenix. Technically speaking, also Blancpain, Lange & Söhne, Vulcain and probably Universal Geneve (most or all of the modern versions are reincarnations after the original closed down).

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: "Lost" brands with quality movements

    Bulova mechanicals from before the 60's are excellent. Technically not a "lost" brand (they were sold to Seiko in '07), but they haven't made their own movements for decades.
    Pre-60's Benrus watches are excellent as well.
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    CYMA made some nice watches.
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    'The Yellow Face'.

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    Re: "Lost" brands with quality movements

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    (they were sold to Seiko in '07)
    I think you mean Citizen.

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    Re: "Lost" brands with quality movements

    For chronographs, with or without complications: Universal Geneve, Gallet, Minerva, Angelus, Leonidas

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    Certina, not lost but I don't think they make their movements any more, and Eska. Eska didn't make their own movements, but they certainly assembled some lovely pieces including split-second chronographs and cloisonne enamel dialled dress watches.
    "Civilization gets what it wants, is willing to pay for, and ultimately deserves".

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