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    Hey All,

    I do not post frequently, but read them all. I have the chance to buy a T-Sport MOTOGP. It is a good looking Tissot with the carbon composite and checkered face. This would add to my T-World.

    I saw the recent string concerning Tissot's possible use of Hong Kong parts in their watches. I suppose that is the cost of doing business. My understanding is Swiss Made means at least 50 percent of the watch is made in Switzerland.

    EJ

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    Actually, it's a little more shadowy than that. Regarding the movements, 50% of the value of the movement parts must be of Swiss manufacture. Presumably, a $10 Swiss gear could be slipped into a $10 Asian movement and the thing would become a Swiss movement. Similar requirements apply to the case.

    Here are the requirements for use of the term "Swiss Made" taken from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH) website:

    Conditions for use
    A Swiss watch
    Only when it is Swiss, may a watch carry the indications "Swiss made" or "Swiss", or any other expression containing the word "Swiss" or its translation, on the outside. According to Section 1a OSM, a watch is considered to be Swiss if:
    • its movement is Swiss;
    • its movement is cased up in Switzerland;
    • and the manufacturer carries out the final inspection in Switzerland..
    A Swiss watch movement
    As we have seen, to be Swiss, a watch must use a Swiss movement. According to Section 2 OSM, a movement is considered to be Swiss if:
    • it has been assembled in Switzerland;
    • it has been inspected by the manufacturer in Switzerland; and
    • the components of Swiss manufacture account for at least 50 percent of the total value, without taking into account the cost of assembly.
    If the movement fulfills these conditions, but the watch is not assembled in Switzerland, the "Swiss" indication may be affixed to one of the components of the movement. On the outside of the watch, may then only appear the "mouvement suisse" or "Swiss movement" indication. Section 3 § 3 OSM requires that the word "movement" appear in full, and be written in the same type-face, of identical size and colour, as the word "Swiss".

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    Material extent of the use of the word "Swiss" The word "use" is understood in a broad sense: it not only covers the application of the above-mentioned designation to the watch, but also, according to Section 3 § 5 OSM:
    • the sale, offering for sale or putting into circulation of watches bearing such an indication;
    • the application of this designation to signs, advertisements, prospectus, invoices, letters or commercial papers.
    Particular cases

    Wristlet
    The "Swiss made" indication may only appear on a wristlet if it is of Swiss manufacture and if the watch is also Swiss. A wristlet is considered to be Swiss if it has undergone an essential manufacturing operation in Switzerland and if 50 percent of the production costs originate in Switzerland.
    When a Swiss wristlet is attached to a watch manufactured abroad, it may only bear a reference to the word "Swiss" if this designation clearly shows that only the wristlet is of Swiss manufacture (for example, "Swiss wristlet").

    Swiss Case
    The "Swiss case" indication on a watch case betokens that the case is of Swiss manufacture. A case is considered to be Swiss if:
    • it has undergone an essential manufacturing operation in Switzerland (stamping, turning, or polishing);
    • it has been assembled and inspected in Switzerland; and
    • over 50 percent of the manufacturing costs (excluding the value of the material) are due to operations carried out in Switzerland.
    When the "Swiss case" indication appears on the outside of the case, and the watch is of foreign manufacture, the origin of the movement or of the watch must also be affixed to the outside of the watch.

    "Swiss Quartz" indication
    This indication is often illegally affixed to the outside of the watch, especially by foreign manufacturers wishing to show that the quartz movement used is of Swiss origin. But, according to the OSM, the use of this indication on the outside of the watch signifies that the watch is Swiss.

    Link to the full article: http://www.fhs.ch/en/swissm.php






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