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alwaysiwc Wrote:Hi David,Good to see you here again.From previous emails, I have learned a lot about the Stauffer marks from you and you were the first to point out that the Stauffer Ram was different from the Schaffhausen Bock. What puzzles me is who stamped these "Rams" and "peerless" markings. One could assume that this was done by Stauffer, but it is my guess that it was done by IWC. After all, as far as I know,IWC sent complete movements to London, were they were cased by Stauffer, using British cases, when made from silver, marked with British hallmarks, as is shown by Mark in his Borgel watch. The complete movements had no IWC marks or stamps, except the Schaffhausen Bock, of which we now know that it is not a Schauffhausen Bock but a Stauffer Ram.If IWC did not apply these markings, it would have meant that the complete movements had to be dismantled again once arrived in London, to allow Stauffer marking. That would cost time and money. Or did IWC send dismantled movements.....? Kind regards,Adrian.
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alwaysiwc Wrote:Hi David, Once again I have to admire your research and the results of it.The story of the silver cases with "London import" is new to me and it is very interesting.I had several discussions with Alan Myers, the Irish collector and expert of Jones and Seeland watches made by IWC. I showed to him a Seeland with silver case of which the silver hallmarks were typically British. I asked Alan, whether the Seelands were cased in Great Britain. He answered me that this was probably not true but that in his opinion silver cases with British hallmarks were shipped to Schaffhausen and that the Seeland watches,produced for the British market were completely assembled in Schaffhausen. I believe he is right, because the Extract of the Archives for a "British" IWC Seeland will provide the movement number and the casenumber as well. Alan also stated that during those days it was strictly forbidden to export these silver British hallmarked cases to Switzerland and that severe penalties were risked, by doing so. But I guess, the courageous spirit of Wilhelm Tell and the trading spirit of the Swiss in general, made that the Schaffhauser were not very impressed... Kind regards,Adrian.
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