A response from Türler, helpful in dating 1940s Türler-signed watches
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    A response from Türler, helpful in dating 1940s Türler-signed watches

    Hello there,
    So, after a week, I have received a response from Turler. VI/48 is not a service marking. It's the date of purchase. Here is an excerpt from the message that I have received:

    Thank you for your request. Unfortunatly we don't have any written records.

    But in the early time some watchmakers in our company sign the lug with
    purchase date (Roman numerals for month and arabic numerals for year).


    Therefore, my Turler-signed Roamer has been purchased in June 1948.

    If any of you guys have a Turler-signed piece from the 1940s, and find such a marking under a lug, now you know what it means.

    Looks like they needed to take their time to respond. I have removed the content of my last post in the previous thread regarding the marking I discovered on the aforementioned watch- the post pretty much expressed my discontent, but once I received a message from them today, I couldn't be annoyed any longer, could I?
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    Re: A response from Türler, helpful in dating 1940s Türler-signed watches

    Very interesting! Thanks!

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    Re: A response from Türler, helpful in dating 1940s Türler-signed watches

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    Hello there,


    Thank you for your request. Unfortunatly we don't have any written records.

    But in the early time some watchmakers in our company sign the lug with
    purchase date (Roman numerals for month and arabic numerals for year).


    Excellent, you got a result.

    I am wondering if they mean the manufactured date.
    How would their watchmaker know the sold date (to a customer)

    It "their" watchmaker and marking like that (Roman/Arabic) was used by manufacturers

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    Re: A response from Türler, helpful in dating 1940s Türler-signed watches

    Quote Originally Posted by HOROLOGIST007 View Post
    Excellent, you got a result.

    I am wondering if they mean the manufactured date.
    How would their watchmaker know the sold date (to a customer)

    It "their" watchmaker and marking like that (Roman/Arabic) was used by manufacturers

    a
    I think that they have meant the date of sale to a customer. Have a look into the previous thread on this issue, at one of Shum's posts- some watchmakers/jewellers have marked the watches at the moment of sale, with a code specific to one customer. Here, it appears to be a similar practice, just with the month and year of sale. Well, at least that's what says the watchmaker at Turler. Of course, the meaning of the 8 in the marking on my watch stays unclear- the full marking is VI/48/8. The eighth watch sold that month? June 8th, 1948? I'd say it doesn't matter- this response is the closest that I've got to dating this watch. The watch itself might have, for instance, been unsold for a year after being invoiced at their store, which would mean that it can as well be from 1947.
    As to the Roman/Arabic marking, the only manufacturer that I know to have used it was Rolex, for two periods of time in the 1950s. But the Roman numeral there was the quarter of the year.
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