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Oris Brand Notes

In 1904, Paul Cattin and Georges Christian bought a recently closed watch factory. The two named their new watch company after a local brook. By 1911 Oris employed over 300 people while building houses and apartments for staff.… Read More

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Hamilton Brand Notes

Hamilton is a storied Swiss brand with deep American roots. Hence, the companies tagline American Spirit – Swiss Precision. The company began in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892. The original building where the company began was the home to a few other failed watch companies.… Read More

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Timex Brand Notes

In 1854, a Connecticut brass manufacturer, Benedict & Burnham, decided to make clocks. The company legally incorporated the Waterbury Clock Company in 1857. This made them one of Americas first clock companies.… Read More

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Victorinox Brand Notes

Victorinox started in 1884 as a cutler’s shop by Karl Elsener. Victorinox is a global brand dealing in Swiss Army Knives, knives, travel gear, watches and, fragrances. In 1909 Karl named the company after his late mother Victoria.… Read More

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Tissot Brand Notes

Founded in 1853, Tissot started as a father and son team. Charles-Félicien Tissot was a gold fitter and Charles-Émile Tissot a watchmaker. The origins of the company were as an assembly shop named Charles-Félicien Tissot and Son. … Read More

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Essential Watch Terms

As you might suspect, the watch world has many more terms and essential language. If you think I missed something check the linked posts above and if you still think I missed something important, drop me a message.  Viel Spaß! … Read More

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It’s Swiss Made

If you look close, the small statement “Swiss” or “Swiss Made” is often printed on the dial of a watch produced in Switzerland. As well, you may find this on a watch with a Swiss movement where the brand is … Read More

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