o.maire watch origins?

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    Question o.maire watch origins?

    o.maire watch made of sterling silver, o.maire swiss stamped on the case back and watch itself, the words "one jewel" and what i suppose is one jewel in swiss underneath, the end half of the word is worn off. the number 9 is punched into the caseback and 1452+ is engaved just above o.marie, on the face is blue numbers and hands, and the word "oriole" is in an oval shape, the winding pin has one single sapphire on it, extremely maleable metal, possibly silver. no pictures available

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    Re: o.maire watch origins?

    Hi.

    Without pictures you'll get little meaningful response. All I know is that O.Maire was a New York firm - incorporated 1919 - which imported Swiss movements into the US. I have one shown here https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/oma...ts-439921.html which has paste jewels stuck on the dial.

    I would be surprised if a one jewel movement was put into a solid silver case; and even more surprised if the sapphire were real. Anyway, Oriole is given here Mikrolisk - was Feines für die Tasche... - Das Informationsportal rund um die Taschenuhr! as a brand of the American Wholesale Corporation of Baltimore - registered in 1923.
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    Re: o.maire watch origins?

    I have a number of one jewelled cylinder escapements wristwatches by Medana which are in silver cases, so it was certainly being done in the period 1915 - 1925. Most of mine are ladies watches.


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    Re: o.maire watch origins?

    I stand corrected.
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    Re: o.maire watch origins?

    Are yours actually stamped "one jewel"? That sounds more 70's to me...
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    Re: o.maire watch origins?

    Most are not stamped, but here is a parts watch that is and I suspect the "1 ADJT" is the unreadable word that is confusing the OP as being Swiss for jewel.




    The photo shows clearly that it isn't actually 7 jewels as can sometimes be misread by those not familiar with the way 1 is written in Switzerland.

    Hallmark with Glasgow import stamp datestamped for 1924:



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    Re: o.maire watch origins?

    Here's some photos of one of these one jewel wonders that I have. The case is 24k nickel.

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