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    Marvin information

    I was at an antique fair today and spotted a very slim, gold rectangular vintage watch which said Marvin on the dial and dated 1920 on the descrition tag.
    It has a very clean silver face with dark hands - gold filled case with engraving on each side wall. From the quick look I was able to give it and not having a glass or indeed my glasses with me the movement looked very clean though I saw little in the way of markings - if they were there I was unable without my specs to see them.
    The glass over the dial was in prefect condition and the watch was VERY slim indeed as was the manual movement. It appeared in very good overall condition.

    Question is - I have never heard of a Marvin and after a little research unable to find anything on the Company.

    Does anyone have any information please?

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    Re: Marvin information

    The only thing I know about Marvin - as a watch company, forget the paranoid android! - is that when they went out of business, the remaining stock of their Cal. 700 was bought up by Chronoswiss, who use it as their "in-house" Cal. 111.

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    Re: Marvin information

    Quote Originally Posted by boswell View Post
    Does anyone have any information please?
    I don't have any info, but I do have a Marvin.



    It's in pretty bad shape though.

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    Re: Marvin information

    But Marvin is back. It now has Italian owners and we will see if they can make anything.

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    Re: Marvin information

    Thanks for the info so far - appreciated.

    I noticed the Marvin "name" was started up again and they have a range of watches, though I doubt in the same league as the original vintage mechanical watches.
    I'll try and get hold of the seller and find out what he knows about it and how he dates it to 1920? and if I can get to the Antiques place again, I'll get a picture of it.

    In fact if I take my spectacles this time - I might just take a chance IF the price is right and end up buying it!

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    Re: Marvin information

    Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."

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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Marvin information

    fyi: Marvin used a crown logo on some dials, crowns, buckles and clasps:


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    Re: Marvin information

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Thanks -
    I also found this quote on a watch that I found for sale -
    "The Didisheim family started in the watch business in 1850 and were partners in the "Marvin" watch co.... they also produced Lancet and Prima watches... and for a short time even produced Rolex movements"
    It would seem that their watches are really quite rare.

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    Re: Marvin information

    I've got one.
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    Re: Marvin information

    Quote Originally Posted by boswell View Post
    Thanks -
    I also found this quote on a watch that I found for sale -
    "The Didisheim family started in the watch business in 1850 and were partners in the "Marvin" watch co.... they also produced Lancet and Prima watches... and for a short time even produced Rolex movements"
    It would seem that their watches are really quite rare.
    This information intrigues me. Does the use of a crown trademark by Marvin predate Rolex's use of the crown? Could Rolex be guilty of trademark infringement or theft? Interesting.

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