Fab. Suisse/Fabrique en Suisse print

Sharing today in my post is a vintage Omega; a pre-seamaster model with the Cal. 342 - a bumper automatic. It has the "Fab. Suisse" print in lieu of the usual "Swiss" or "Swiss Made"

Are dials with these prints (Fab. Suisse/Fabrique en Suisse) somewhat desirable or less sought after?

This was, after all, intended for the French market; due to the strict implementation of the regulation that time, the french rider was printed on the dial to avoid confusion with consumers. A "consumer protection" of some sort, which the law can be dated back around sometime in 1892. "The law states that items imported to France must carry a French rider than English. Around 1930's, France strictly implemented it and required watchmakers to bear these words in order to avoid confusion in the French market. Dials belonging to watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Tag Heuer, and Longines in the 1930s-1960s have all been seen with the "Fab. Suisse" label."

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Thanks for sharing the background. It is very interesting.

ImNevix

Thanks for sharing the background. It is very interesting.

im intrigued if they are more or less desirable with that french rider. if someone can confirm, if these were cased in france and not in switzerland. i cannot remember since i researched about this topic years ago.

(what i wrote above is the shortcut version of the one i wrote on instagram years ago about this french rider)

What a gorgeous piece! The case is in remarkable condition too

Mil_Watch_Nut

What a gorgeous piece! The case is in remarkable condition too

it has some dings here and there but i believe it was repolished a bit (just a bit, according to my dealer); if it was repolished, it didnt do much damege (the case is still the same with other examples) but with the dings, im not sure if it was indeed repolished.

pororo.watch

it has some dings here and there but i believe it was repolished a bit (just a bit, according to my dealer); if it was repolished, it didnt do much damege (the case is still the same with other examples) but with the dings, im not sure if it was indeed repolished.

Either way the result is amazing, looks like new