Please help ID my grandfather's watch

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    Please help ID my grandfather's watch

    Please help me to identify my grandfather's watch. I inherited it in 1976, when my grandfather died, but at the time I was 7, so not supposed to wear such a watch. Later I got a quartz and almost forgot this watch. It remained in a drawer, unused and not serviced. I found it recently, and to my great surprise as soon as I wound it, it started and is more accurate than my new Seiko 5.
    I'll bring it to the watchmaker for service and repair, the date doesn't work and the dial moves when I wind it.
    The inscriptions on the dial are:
    ZEUS
    17 rubis
    antichoc

    ressort incassable
    antimagnetic

    and on the back
    stainless steel back - waterproof - antimagnetic
    I've never heard this (French?) Zeus brand.
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    Giuseppe Borzi

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    Re: Please help ID my grandfather's watch

    Welcome to the Vintage and PW forum. Going by the logo on the dial, "Zeus" may well have been a brand of August Hoeter & Cie of La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. The french writing on the watch means very little since most Swiss watches come from the french speaking part of Switzerland. I suspect that the watch will have a high quality but generic movement inside by a maker specialising in producing only movements to be bought by smaller watchmaking companies to save them the efforts and costs associated with developing and making their own movements. I have a BWC (Buttes Watch Company) watch that looks a little similar and also has manual winding, a small seconds hand and a date. The movement is by Adolf Schild, a Cal. AS 1560. Yours may have something similar.

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Please help ID my grandfather's watch

    Thanks for the reply. Searching for "August Hoeter" I arrived at this page Mikrolisk - The horological trade mark index
    scroll down and there is a "Zeus" trademark image similar to that on the watch. The lower part of the "Z" extends to the whole word. I'll take a pic of the movement when the watchmaker will open it.
    Giuseppe Borzi

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    Re: Please help ID my grandfather's watch

    Mikrolisk is actually where I obtained the information I passed on to you.....

    Hartmut Richter

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