|Not this Swiss Army Cavalry watch, but similar.|
Ask collectors and they might tell you that they spend countless hours reading articles, watching videos or discussing the finer points of horology with other aficionados. Watch collecting is a rich and rewarding hobby and a great way to connect with other people.
Recently, I was contacted by a man who wanted help naming a vintage Swiss Army watch model that he once had, and wanted to acquire again many years later. I was glad to help, and I believe that the Sherlock Holmes in each us likes solving mysteries.
The challenge started with this photo of a Swiss Army Cavalry watch and a description of how his watch differs from it. He gave the following clues...
- It was released probably between 1992 and 1993.
- The crown / winder was at 4:00, not 3:00 as it normal is, and slightly embedded in the watch case
- There is no black line around the date, just a square bevelled frame
- It came with a steel bracelet option, so I don't believe it had the permanent strap bars affixed.
Ask the ManufacturerMany watch companies have historians or customer service reps who can help identify an old watch. They keep old catalogs for reference. I have had good luck with Swiss Army and Longines. It never hurts to start there since it is their baby.
Ask Amateur Experts
Creatively Use Search EnginesGoogle and other search engines have revolutionized the way we all find information. The better one uses the algorithms, the better the results should be. This can be less straight-forward than one might think because the internet is full of misinformation.
A Google search for "Swiss Army watch 1990s" found a comment describing a watch on Pinterest, which was linked to the image itself. This used human comments to identify a photo. This discovery got me a little closer, but still no model name was there so I had to refine the search parameters.
|A Swiss Army print ad from the 1990s|
|A very early Swiss Army watch with pivotal lugs and offset crown called the Delta|