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Copyright infringement.

#1 Post by mrcardigan » Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:19 pm

Saw this unidentified watch, and it strangely reminded me of something familiar :) albeit with a different lug design.
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Even the engravings on top/bottom of bezel are the same. Don't know this make, but were legal proceedings for copyright infringement commonplace back in the 20's /30's??? Was the altered lug design purely to get around any legal implications?

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#2 Post by watchdoc » Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:57 pm

Not so sure Andy....

A lot of the watch company's copied watch case designs back in the 20's and 30's.
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#3 Post by retroworx » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:53 am

Not sure about this one, but some watch companies shared the same case suppliers and knowingly put their movements into cases that were also being used by other watch manufacturers.
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#4 Post by mrcardigan » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:07 am

It's not identical to new yorker of course, so a different mould, but there is no denying the inspiration. Imagine Samsung vs Apple today!

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#5 Post by SFC » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:35 pm

I have one that looks to be inspired by the Beau Brummel. Both the new Yorker inspired watch and this one are lower end and both appear to say shock proof on the dial and have similar luminous #s.

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#6 Post by GJH » Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:16 am



Now what we must remember during this time is that the Swiss were banging out watches that were
(for the most part) far inferior to the American Powerhouses during this time. I have seen cases similar to these "knock-offs"
They were copied and not done by the American case manufacturers.

I put up the New Yorker and the Beau for comparison.

The Swiss were obviously trying to go after and capture some of the Illinois market by making
these to look like these very popular models that Illinois was selling.

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