Help me ID this Swiss(?) Watch
January 24, 2014 8:37 PM Subscribe
I recently bought a pocket watch (photos: one two three
), and I was hoping to find out something about the company that made it. The brand is "Three Stars" and it's supposedly Swiss. I can't find anything searching because the name collides with a lot of things (including a line of wrist watches that seems unrelated), but am I missing something?
posted by 23 to Grab Bag (7 answers total)
Many years ago I had another watch (since lost) that looked very similar - the hands in particular were exactly the same - which was supposed to be a Swiss watch from the 1930s, and its brand was Orpheus. I can find one other
Orpheus watch on eBay but nothing else.
Looking around auction sites I've seen a lot of pocket watches that seem to have similar designs - simple faces with a few variations, a couple of different particular hand shapes (straight, the circles like my Three Stars, or the diamonds of the linked Orpheus) - often from brands that don't seem to exist outside the auctions. Were there a lot of small Swiss watch companies at one point that had similar designs, or are these fakes with labels swapped around to keep people from recognizing them?