I picked up this Renown from a seller in Saskatoon, on the assumption that since it was in Canada, it was probably one of the ones sold by Eatons. What intrigued me (despite the fuzzy pics) is that the Renown line was mostly a "discount" watch line, so I was curious what a 25j automatic version would look like.
Turns out, it looks pretty neat. You'll notice that there's no country markings. IN fact, there's very few markings anywhere.
Based on the autowind, I'm nearly certain this is a Bifora of some sort, but it doesn't quite match up with anything I can find. Most notably, the balance cock is on the other side from almost all the ones I can find, and the base movement uses a triangular train cock instead of a finger bridge.
It also doesn't use the Bifora shock system. Oddly, the dial side system is rather different from the balance side, but both look like variations on a number of "german" style systems listed in Bestfit. The keyless parts again look very very similar to the Bifora ones, but the with subtle differences. Near as I can tell, these watches were only sold in around the early to mid 60's. Anyone have some insight to share?