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Zodiac

October 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Zodiac The Zodiac Watch Co, was founded in 1882 in Le Locle, Switzerland, by Ariste Calame. Calame’s ambitions were to create a watch like no other. Zodiac watches were known for their quality and [...]

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Zenith

October 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Zenith The first Zenith-brand wristwatches arrived on the market in 1920. The factory had produced fob watches since 1870s. Prior to making watches, founded George Favre-jacot was a clock maker. In 1954, Zenith won [...]

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Wittnauer

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Wittnauer The Wittnauer Watch Co. has an interesting history. In 1872, a 16-year-old Swiss immigrant arrived New York City. Albert Wittnauer had already learned how to produce high-quality watches and had worked for his [...]

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Waltham

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Waltham The American Waltham Watch Co. was founded in Massachusetts in 1850. They were considered one of the largest watch manufacturers of the 19th century. The company was founded by three gentlemen, Mr. Davis, [...]

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Wakmann

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Wakmann The Wakmann Watch co. was founded in New York. They were importers of high-quality wristwatches to North America. The company was eventually purchased by Breitling, allowing the firm to ship their movements to [...]

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Vulcain

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Vulcain Maurice Ditisheim Fabrique Vulcain launched a line of wristwatches bearing the name "vulcain" in 1894. However, this was not the first production for Ditisheim. He had been producing pocket watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds, [...]

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Van Cleef & Arpels

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Van Cleef & Arpels Van Cleef & Arpels was established in 1906 by Alfred Van Cleef and his new wife, Estelle, along with her brother, Charles Arpels. The firm was opened as a jewelry [...]

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Vacheron Constantin

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Vacheron Constantin The story of Vacheron & Constantin begins in 1755 in Geneva. They are the oldest watch manufacturer in the world with an uninterrupted history. The company was founded by Jean Marc Vacheron, [...]

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Universal Genève

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Universal Genève Universal Genève was first founded under the name Universal Watch in 1894 by watchmakers Numa-Emile Descombes, and Ulysse Georges Perret. Together, they registered the company name for the production of dials, watch [...]

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Ulysse Nardin

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Nardin, named after is founder, was established in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland. The firm was best known for its marine chronometers. Nardin was an accomplished watchmaker who had studied horology [...]

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Tudor

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Tudor The Tudor brand emerged on the market in 1946. It was launched by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf. The name "Tudor" was choosen to honor the Tudor Period of England. Tudor watches were signed [...]

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Tissot

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Tissot Tissot was established in 1853. The founders were Charles Felicien Tissot and his son, Charles-Emile Tissot. The firm was located in Le Lode, Switzerland. Tissot has created many firsts in the watch world. [...]

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Tiffany & Co

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Tiffany & Co Tiffany & Co. was founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Charles B. Young. It was originally called Tiffany & Young. The company was known for offering the finest luxury [...]

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Seiko

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Seiko Seiko was originally founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori in Tokyo. However, it was not until 1924 that the first branded Seiko watches came on the market. By 1938, Seiko was producing more [...]

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Rolex

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Rolex Rolex was founded in London 1908 by a German, Hans Wilsdorf. Originally, the firm was named Wilsdorf & Davis. Davis was Wilsdorf’s brother-in-law. In the early years, the company worked with Aegler, a [...]

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Piaget

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Piaget Georges Piaget began making watch movements in his hometown of La Côte-aux-Fées, Switzerland, in 1874. His movements attracted the attention of some of the most prestigious watchmakers in switzerland. It was not until [...]

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Patek Philippe

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Patek Philippe In 1839, Antonie Norbert de Patek and Francois Czapek founded Patek, Czapek & Co. They were known for producing high-caliber timepieces in limited quantities. By 1845, Czapek left the company and Patek [...]

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Omega

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Omega Omega started life in 1880 as Louis Brandt & Son. The founding partners, brothers Louis-Paul and César Brandt had the largest Swiss watch company with an annual production of more than100,000 watches. Timepieces [...]

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Movado

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Movado Movado was founded by Achille Ditesheim in 1881 in the town of La Chaux-de-fonds, switzerland. Originally, Movado watches were all manufactured by hand. In 1889 the firm was awarded six First Class Official [...]

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Mido

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Mido Mido was founded in 1918 in the town of Biel, Switzerland, by George G. Schaeren. Mido was responsible for many firsts, such as the first automatic watch, the first center chronograph, and the [...]

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Mathey-Tissot

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Mathey-Tissot Mathey-Tissot is at a Swiss watchmaker of prestige watches, originally established in the late 19th of century by Edmond Mathey-Tissot at les Ponts-de-Martel in the canton of Neuchâtel. It should not be confused [...]

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Longines

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Longines Founded in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz, in St. Imier, Switzerland, this was primarily an “assembler” of watches. Many of the company’s craftsmen worked out of their homes. For almost 20 years this method [...]

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Juvenia

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Juvenia In 1860, Jacques Didisheim founded the watch-making firm Juvenia in the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds. Juvenia is known for several firsts in the watch world. They created some of the first movements with [...]

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Jules Jurgensen

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Jules Jurgensen Possibly watch of the oldest watch-making companies in the world today, it was founded in 1740 by Jurgen Jurgensen under the original name of Larpent & Jürgensen. It was in 1838 that [...]

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Jaeger Lecoultre

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Jaeger Lecoultre LeCoultre & Cie was founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre. LeCoultre was known for being an inventor and his devotion to precision wristwatch design. As early as 1844, he was measuring microns [...]

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International Watch Co.

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

International Watch Co. International Watch Company (IWC) opened in 1868 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. It was founded by an American watchmaker, Florentine Ariosto Jones. Jones had worked in the American watch industry for several years. [...]

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Illinois

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Illinois The Illinois Springfield Watch Co. was founded in 1870. It had an unusual array of founders — John C. Adams, George Black, John W. Bunn, William B. Miller, George Passfield and John T. [...]

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HEUER

August 26th, 2018|0 Comments

HEUER Heuer was founded in St. Imier, Switzerland, by Edouard Heuer In 1860. In 1882, Heuer patented its first chronograph, a style of watch they would be famous for. In 1911 the firm introduced [...]

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Helbros

July 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Helbros Helbros watches made their debut in 1913. The name “Helbros” was short for the founding Helbein Brothers. The Helbeins were Swiss-German watchmakers who decided to challenge the watch market, and instead of creating [...]

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Hamilton

July 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Longtime American watch company Hamilton was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pa. They debuted their first watch in 1893. Known for their railroad pocket watches, Hamilton also produced a similar design as a wristwatch [...]

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Gübelin

July 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Gübelin The watch shop of Gübelin opened in 1854 in Lucerne, Switzerland, originally owned by watchmaker Jakob Josef Mauritz Breitschmid. It wasn’t until years later that the company became known as Gübelin. Breitschmid hired [...]

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Gruen

July 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Gruen, (originally named D. Gruen and Son) was founded in 1894 by Fred and Dietrich Gruen in Columbus, Ohio. This was not their first venture in watch making. In 1876, Dietrich Gruen, in a [...]

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Glycine

July 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Glycine was founded in Bienne, Switzerland, in 1914 by Eugene Meylan. Meylan brought a meticulous attention to detail. He was best known for his small movements used in lady’s watches cased in gold and [...]

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Girard-Perregaux

July 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Constantin Girard and his wife, Marie Perregaux, married in 1854 and took over the business of Geneva watch manufacturer, Jean-Francois Bautte, in 1856. Constantin Girard was an important watchmaker. One of his masterpieces, the [...]

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Gallet

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Originally known for producing pocket-watch cases and necklace watches for women, Gallet soon became known as the first manufacturer of wristwatches for men and women in 1895. In 1916, they were the world’s first [...]

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Eterna

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

This company was originally founded in Grenchen, Switzerland, by physician josef Gerard and teacher Urs Schild as a means to alleviate unemployment in that region. Originally, they produced movements for pocket watches and eventually [...]

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Elgin

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

The firm was founded in 1864 in Elgin, 111., as the National Watch Co. In the early days, Elgin was best known for its pocket watch movements. In 1874, the company changed its name [...]

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Eberhard

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Eberhard is a brand known for its connection to the racing world. Founded in Switzerland in 1887, Eberhard was named the office timepiece of the first European car race. Eberhard never lost their passion [...]

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Ebel

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

In 1911, Eugene Blum and Alice Levy registered the Ebel watch brand with the Chamber of Commerce in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Their first line of watches hit the marketplace in 1912. Ebel won a [...]

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Doxa

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Doxa opened their doors in 1889 in Switzerland. Founder Georges Ducommun had his first taste of the watch industry when he became an apprentice at a watch movement company at the age of 12. [...]

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Paul Ditisheim

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Paul Ditisheim was a watchmaker at an early age. At the age of 13, he received a diploma from the Horological School of La Chaux-de-Fonds. He then worked for several major watchmakers including his [...]

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Croton

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

The history of Croton begins more than 130 years ago. Croton was known for quality at an affordable price. Not only was it affordable, Croton felt so strongly about the quality of their timepieces. [...]

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Concord

November 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Concord was founded in Bienne, Switzerland, in 1908. From the beginning, Concord has been recognized for its line of luxury timepieces using platinum, diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Concord is not only recognized for [...]

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Chronographe Suisse

November 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Watches marked “Chronographe Suisse” were made during the 1940s through the late 1950s. They were generic Swiss watches made for the tourist trade. The cases were made of an exterior of sheet gold and [...]

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CHOPARD

November 12th, 2017|0 Comments

In 1860, at the age of 24, Louis-Ulysse Chopard opened his first watch making business. There were numerous Swiss watchmakers offering fine timepieces at this time. Chopard knew he needed to do something to [...]

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Cartier

October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier, son of a powder-horn maker. He quickly made a name for himself selling luxury goods. In 1859 his reputation allowed him to begin selling [...]

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Bulova

October 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Joseph Bulova immigrated to America from Bohemia and opened a jewelry store in New York City in 1875. In 1912, he opened his first factory in Switzerland dedicated to making watch parts. While the [...]

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Bueche Girod

October 18th, 2017|0 Comments

In 1947, Vital Bueche founded Bueche Girod. The company’s name combines his last name with that of his wife, Edwige Girod. Bueche had several patents during his lifetime: 1949, moon-phase wristwatch movement; 1950, plain [...]

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Bucherer

October 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Bucherer was founded in 1888 by Carl F. Bucherer in Lucerne, Switzerland. Bucherer began as a jewelry and watch dealer. His shop was successful and this allowed him to open several stores around Switzerland. [...]

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Breitling

October 18th, 2017|2 Comments

in 1884, Leon Breitling formed the Breitling Co. in St. 1mier, Switzerland. In the early days, the main goal of Breitling was to create high-quality chronograph watches. He was only 24 years of age [...]

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Boucheron

October 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Frederic Boucheron established his business in France in 1858. Boucheron has always been more than just a fine watch manufacturer. They are also known for their high-profile jewelry. The company is often called “The [...]

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Borel

October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Ernest Borel opened his firm in 1856 in Switzerland. This seemingly small watch company was actually quite well known for their chronometers. In 1946, Borel was the second-largest producer of chronometers in the world. [...]

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Blancpain

October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Blancpain was founded in 1735 in a small farmhouse in Switzerland by jehan-jacques Blancpain. Blancpain has always claimed, “Since 1735, there has never been a quartz Blancpain watch.” In the 19705, the desire to [...]

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Benrus

October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Benrus was founded in the mid-19205 by Russian immigrant, Benjamin Lazrus. For years prior to opening Benrus, Lazrus repaired watches, and also designed watchbands and watch cases at his shop in New York City. [...]

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Baume et Mercier

October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Baume et Mercier, Geneva watch manufacturer, was founded in 1918 by William Baume and Paul Mercier. The venture proved to be a successful one. In 1921, they were awarded the Poincon de Geneve, which [...]

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Audemars Piguet

October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Audemars Piguet was founded in 1875 in Le Brassus, Switzerland, by jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet. In 1889 they exhibited a few of their more complicated watches at the Universal Exposition in Paris. Audemars [...]

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A. Lange & Sohne

October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Founded by Adolph Lange in 1845 in Glashutte, Germany, this firm created some of the most coveted watches for a century. In 1875, Lange passed away and left the business to his sons, Richard [...]

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Wrist watch

October 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Collecting timepieces is not a new fad, but one enjoyed by men and women, the young and old alike. Essentially, there is something for everyone. Whether you collect p by maker, by style or [...]

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