Mystery wrist watch, earlier than 1918
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    Mystery wrist watch, earlier than 1918

    Hi, Any thoughts what this could be? Looks a lot like Tissot Banana, but it isn't as this watch is known to be older than 1918 and as Tissot that serial number would place it to 1931-1933...
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    Re: Mystery wrist watch, earlier than 1918

    Movement photo? I’m always a little sceptical about claims that a watch is ‘known’ to be a particular date, given the number of times I’ve seen it obviously incorrect. Would you care to share why the watch is known to be older? I’m not disputing the age at this point.
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    Family stories are often wrong, it's like a hundred year game of "telephone". Love the watch.
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    Re: Mystery wrist watch, earlier than 1918

    Any chance of movement pics?

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    Re: Mystery wrist watch, earlier than 1918

    Documentary evidence such as a dated sales receipt or appearance in a pre-1918 photograph = "known to be older than 1918"

    Anecdotal evidence such as "grandmother said......" = "believed to be older than 1918"

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    Re: Mystery wrist watch, earlier than 1918

    The price guide has many very similar watches listed under Misc. Swiss, perhaps yours falls under this category since it isn't labeled.

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    Re: Mystery wrist watch, earlier than 1918

    looks like 14K gold with hallmarks. Can't it be dated that way if we had better pictures of the back?

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    Re: Mystery wrist watch, earlier than 1918

    I was wondering about that, I think I can make out the squirrel to the left of 585, but I can't quite see what is on the right side.
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    Re: Mystery wrist watch, earlier than 1918

    Quote Originally Posted by MoreWatches View Post
    I was wondering about that, I think I can make out the squirrel to the left of 585, but I can't quite see what is on the right side.
    It’s a smaller squirrel. Unfortunately it doesn’t help date. Lack of hammerhead pushes it earlier but without movement photo there isn’t a lot more to say.
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    Re: Mystery wrist watch, earlier than 1918

    So it's a dead-end on the hallmarks? Hopefully some photos of the inside of the watch might offer some clues in the case construction for any passing experts on early non-military wristwatches. The movement might yield some clues also. I expect it would be a small round movement. It certainly looks like a WW1 era or earlier watch rather than something from the 1930s.

    Hopefully an answer is found to this puzzle as I feel that the Banana story is completely overblown. Tissot's marketing people have constructed a legend out of a single watch, but on this forum we've seen several examples of pre-1918 non-round watches with 'exploding number' dials made by famous Swiss brands for the Russian market. It should not be surprising if a second style from Tissot surfaces.
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