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This is the first Chateau I bought, that was in early January 2020. I had never heard of the brand but saw a listing that was not massively inspiring, but I put a bid on, the watch had a minimalist look which I like.
The watch arrived and I polished the crystal and at the third strap attempt, a gold colour mesh strap, it felt right.
In later times, only yesterday! I found out the movement is a Venus 180. I always wanted a watch with a Swiss Venus movement after owning 2 Alpha Paul Newmans, I didn't know I'd accidently bought one by chance.

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Finally a small screenshot of the opening picture of the listing, the expanding metal strap was a too narrow width if I remember correctly.
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This is my second Chateau, bought in late March 2020. It came with a reasonable strap on it, but I had a spare rally strap which improved the look. It has an extra number on the calendar, this is the 1-7 days of the week. The movement is an ETA 2879.

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This is my third Chateau, bought in late June 2020. It has a Geneva Sports Watch GSW 40.41 handwind movement.
I really like the design of this watch.

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This is my fourth Chateau, bought late July 2020. It has an A. Schild 1686 movement with a Mondaine logo on it. The seconds hand is missing. This is first radium watch I have had with the Ra lettering on the dial, so I definately know what's what. I put a NOS rubber strap on it yesterday.

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This is my fifth Chateau, bought late July, the next day after the previous one. It has a Miyota quartz movement.
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Just catching up with this, my next one, the photos were taken on the 12th of August 2020, just before I had to send back what would have been a really great buy, the watch, which had an ETA movement, was losing I think about 5hrs a day, or really bad whatever it was,

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Chateau Company History

The brand name Chateau was registered as a UK trademark on Wednesday, January 6, 1960, by Hannah Charles Limited, of Chateau House, 12 Sheepscar Street South, Leeds. Hannah Charles at one time owned 15 brand names, their companies were involved with horological products and services, and likewise with jewelery, gold and silver.
They owned among them the Trelawn watch brand, registered 1962, the Le Chat watch brand registered in 1997 which also referred to itself as Chateau, and the Lumi-Time watch brand registered in 1997.
The Chateau brand must have been their most successful, as Hannah Charles Limited were renamed Chateau Watches Limited from 6 March 1969 until 16 September 1998.
Hannah Charles unfortunately went into voluntary liquidation in 2013, the legal proccesses took a few years, the final ending and legal mention of the company was on 22 December 2017.
 

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Thanks for the update and the company history. Although most of us don't own Chateau watches (you seem to be a fan!), it is valuable information for those who do and who stumble in here after being redirected by Auntie Google when trying to find out a little more about their watch. Ideally, one would like a comprehensive history on every niche brand that there ever was, just for reference purposes, but achieving this would be near impossible.....

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Yes, there may be other brands with similar names outside of the UK. There is or was a Japanese brand called Le Chateau.
They remind me of Accurist, both British brands started in the 20th century, using Swiss mechanical movements, then later, Miyota quartz.
I have a few more!
 

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Following the one with the box and paper is this one, which would have been at least as good without box and paper, if it wasn't a non-working watch, as it had an interesting design and a Unitas movement. These photos are dated 4th September, 2020.

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This is a NOS watch I ordered in November 2020, Le Chat by Chateau. I knew it was a very small woman's watch, but I wanted to read the leaflet that came with it. I don't know where they got the 1880 from, maybe they first used the name after buying the rights to an older brand name, like when Sicura changed their name to Breitling, then claimed all the history as theirs? This watch has a Seiko Epson movement.

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I ordered this on May 10th, 2021, vintage new old stock with a Miyota quartz movement. Time working as normal but date changes at 4am.

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Has anyone else got a Chateau watch, they were around for 53 years, so I can't be the only one?
 

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This was the next one I ordered, May 17, 2021, same as the orange one except in black, vintage new old stock, still in the pack. The peel away plastic film from the crystal has stuck onto the inside of the pack.

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Having looked on Mikrolisk I saw that there is the British Chateau brand, a brand of Henry Isaacs and Sons Ltd, who I know from elswhere were around since at least 1922 and are connected to Hannah Charles/Chateau at the same Leeds address, so maybe everything originated from Henry Isaacs limited?
There is also an American company from New York using the Chateau brand name, their logo is shown, the name Chateau in joined up lettering, I haven't seen anything to connect joined lettering to the UK Chateau, which as we can see from the automatic watch with box and paper that they definately used unjoined lettering with an oversized C as the first letter of the name. So we don't yet know that the UK Chateau didn't use a joined up letters logo, but nor that they ever did.
I have a joined letters watch which I haven't yet worn, also I ordered another one today, unfortunately a few minutes before I realised the lettering situation! Not that it's bad though, it's a nice vintage mechanical stopwatch.

Since writing the above I have looked at a lot of Chateau watches on the internet and the ones with joined lettering on the dial nearly all had E Gluck, which is an American company, on the movement.
 

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This arrived a few days after the previous one, a watch of the sister brand Trelawn, a nice Cornish name. This has a BFG 866 movement.

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