Swiss Jewelry Maker's Marks

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Albert Jewelry Maker's Mark

Albert

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Albert
Switzerland
Geneva
e.1962

Specialties

  • Trained at l'Ecole des Arts Industriels.

Watch Designer for

Awards for

  • Patek Philippe
  • Omega
  • His own workshop.

1962

  • Opened his own workshop.



Audemars Piguet Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Audemars Piguet
Switzerland
e.1875

Specialties

  • Created the Grande Complication.
  • First skeleton watch.
  • Thinnest manual wind.
  • Ultra-Thin automatic perpetual.



Baltensperger, Pierre Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Pierre Baltensperger
Switzerland
Zurich
e.1878

Specialties

  • Bahnhofstrasse Manufacturing & Retail Jewelers
  • Manufacturing & Retail Jewelers.
  • Took over the firm in 1950.



Baume & Mercier Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Baume & Mercier
Switzerland
c.1830

Specialties

  • Watchmakers

Currently

  • Owned by Richemont Group.



Bautte Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Bautte & Cie.
Switzerland
Geneva
e.1791

Specialties

  • Specialized in very thin watches.
  • Jewelry with enamel and fine gold work rather than expensive gems.

1906

  • Purchased by Girard Perregaux.



Breguet Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Breguet
Switzerland
e.1775

Specialties

  • Watchmaker to the Courts of Europe.



Bucherer Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Bucherer
Switzerland
Lucerne
e.1888

Specialties

  • High Quality Jewels.



Burch-Korrodi, Meinrad Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Meinrad Burch-Korrodi
Switzerland
Zurich
(1897-1978)

Specialties

  • Avante-Garde Artisan Jeweler with Workshop & Retail Outlet.
  • Central School of Arts & Crafts, London.
  • Specialized in Church Silver & Jewelry.



Chopard Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Chopard
Switzerland
e.1860

Specialties



De Grisogono Jewelry Maker's Mark

De Grisogono

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De Grisogono
Switzerland
Geneva
e.1993

Specialties



Dietschy, Thomas Jewelry Maker's Mark

Thomas Dietschy

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Thomas Dietschy
Switzerland
Basel
(1930-)

Specialties

1954

  • Worked in the family firm.

1959

  • Opened his own workshop.



Fröhlich, Max Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Max Fröhlich
Switzerland
Zurich
(1908-1997) e.1933

Specialties

  • Specialized in Jewelry.
  • Innovative use of ordinary materials.
  • Jewelry teacher from 1945.



Golay Fils & Stahl Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Golay Fils & Stahl
Switzerland
Geneva
e.1837

Specialties

1896

  • King Carol I of Romania.
  • Jeweler the Royal Family of Romania.
  • Other Royal Customers: Kim Damrong of Siam and the Maharajah of Baroda.

1961

  • Purchased by Jacques Wolfgang - A Longtime Vendor to the Firm.

1976

  • Jesse Wolfgang Took Ownership.



Gübelin Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Gübelin
Switzerland
Lucerne
e.1854

Specialties

  • Began as Watchmakers.

1923

  • Added jewelry & established an international gemological laboratory.

2004

  • Celebrated 150 years in business.


Jaeger Lecoultre Jewelry Maker's Mark

Jaeger Lecoultre

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Jaeger Lecoultre
Switzerland
Le Sentier, Vaud
e.1833

Specialties

  • Fine watches & clocks.

1844

  • Created the millionometer.

1847

  • Invented push device eliminating watch keys.

1866

  • Began manufacturing movements.

1902

  • Movements for Patek Philippe.

1937

  • Jaeger-Lecoultre merger.


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Longines Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Longines
Switzerland
Saint-Imier, Canton of Bern
e.1832

Specialties

1832

  • Saint-Imier watchmakers established by Auguste Agassiz.

1846

  • Agassiz heads the company and opens the market to the United States to great success.

1852

  • Ernest Francillon joins the firm eventually taking it over.

1867

  • Es Longines the Longines factory opens.
  • Produces the first movement, 20A.
  • Wins a award at the Universal Exhibition, Paris.

1876

  • Jacques David attends the Universal Exhibition in Philadelphia and returns to inspire the industrialization of Swiss watchmaking.
  • Longines pioneers mechanized production.

1878

  • By means of its newly mechanized production, Longines produces a simple chronograph, the 20H.

1881

  • Longines chronographs produced for Americans are purchased by horse racing aficionados.

1886

  • Longines is supplying the majority of New York Sports officials.

1888

  • Produces a certified chronometer, the 21.59 calibre.

1889

  • Logo is registered.

1893

  • Logo registered with the United International Bureaux for the Protection of Intellectual Property (forerunner of WIPO).

1899

  • Longines equips Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoie for his Artic expedition.

1900

  • GranPrix at the Universal Exhibition, Paris for La Renommée pocket watch.

1913

  • First calibre for a wristwatch.

1916

  • Begins development of shaped movements for wristwatches.

1919

  • Longines begin development of navigation instruments for aviators.

1927

  • Weems Second-Setting Watch for Navigation.

1931

  • Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch to be used with a sextant and nautical almanac.

1936

  • 13ZN calibre wristwatch patented.

1945

  • Longines patents its first self-winding movement, the 22A.

1954

  • Longines first quartz clock.
  • Used with a 16mm camera to record race finishes for officials.

1969

  • First cybernetic quarts calibre - Ultra-Quartz.

1972

  • Longines LCD Watch.
  • Currently in operation with the same Maker's Mark.



Meister Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Meister
Switzerland
Zurich
e.1897

Specialties

1897

  • Founded by Emanuel Peter.
  • Invented the seamless wedding ring.

1950

  • Crested and monogrammed rings.

1965

  • Happiness brand wedding rings.

Meister Brand

  • Wedding rings.
  • Jewelry collection.
  • Men's accessories.



Movado Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Movado
Switzerland
La Chaux-de-Fonds
e.1881

Specialties

1881

  • Founded by Achilles Ditesheim.

1905

  • Re-named Movado (translates "always in motion.")

1912

  • Polyplan
    • Follows contour of the wrist.
    • Movement on 3 planes.

1926

  • Ermeto
    • Pillow-shaped pocket watch.
    • Movement wound by opening and closing the case.

1930s

  • Movado Digital Watch with hours and minutes windows.

1946

  • Calendomatic
    • Month, day and central date.

1947

  • Movado Museum Watch.
    • Single dot watch dial.

1956

  • Kingmatic
    • Automatic rotor-driven wristwatches.

1970

  • Datron Chronograph.



Patek Philippe Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Patek Philippe
Switzerland
c.1851

Specialties

  • Antoni Patek made pocket watches c.1839.
  • Adrien Philippe invented the keyless winding system.

1851

  • Supplied watches to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

1868

  • Created first wristwatch.
  • Pioneered the perpetual calendar.
  • Split seconds hand.
  • Chronograph.
  • Minute repeater.

1932

  • Purchased by the Stern family.


Piaget Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Piaget
Switzerland
La Côte-aux-Fées
e.1874

Specialties

1874

  • Georges Édouard Piaget founded as a high precision watch movement firm.

1911

  • Timothée Piaget took over running the firm.

1943

  • Gérald and Valentin Piaget registered the brand.

1945

  • Built a new manufacturing facility.

1957

  • Began to produce ultra-thin movements.
  • Calibre 9P - 2mm thick hand wound movement.

1960s

  • Calibre 12P - 2.3 mm thick self winding movement.
  • Created hardstone dials.
  • Cuff watch.
  • Began to create jeweled watches and jewelry.

1979

  • Polo Watch integrated the case and the bracelet.



Rolex Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Rolex
Switzerland
Geneva & Bienne
e.1905

Specialties

1905

  • Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in London.
  • Originally Wilsdorf & Davis.

1908

  • Renamed Rolex - a more memorable identity.

1910

  • First to receive Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, granted by the Official Watch Rating Center, Bienne.

1919

  • Moved to Geneva.

1926

  • Invented the waterproof watch - Rolex Oyster.

1927

  • Shop windows featured the Rolex Oyster suspended in a fishbowl.

1931

  • Invented the self-winding watch with Perpetual rotor.

1945

  • Datejust, the first self-winding wrist chronometer to indicate the date in a window on the dial.

1953

  • Explorer, commemorates the ascent of Mt. Everest.
  • Submariner Waterproof to 100 meters with rotating diver's immersion bezel.

1955

  • GMT Master Watch for pilots with two tone - day/night - bezel.

1956

  • Oyster Perpetual Day-Date.
  • Oyster Perpetual Milgauss resistant to magnetic interference.

1963

  • Cosmograph Daytona featuring tachymetric scale on the bezel for calculating average speed.

1967

  • Oyster Sea-Dweller, waterproof to 610 meters.

1971

  • Explorer II, 24-hour hand.

1978

  • Sea-Dweller II, waterproof to 1220 meters.

1992

  • Yachtmaster, first watch in the Professional Oyster collection to be available in three sizes – 29, 35 and 40 mm.

2007

  • Yachtmaster II, interaction between the movement and the case via a rotatable ring command bezel.

2008

  • Deepsea, can resist pressures deeper that anyone could survive.

2012

  • Sky-Dweller, Dual time zone 42 mm case, annual calendar & rotatable Ring Command bezel.



Universal Genève Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Universal Genève
Switzerland
Geneva
e.1894

Specialties

1894

  • Patented a 24-hour Indication Watch.

World War I

  • Pocket & Trench Watches for all combatants.

1917

  • First Chronograph.

1925

  • Auto Rem Self-winding timepiece.

1933

  • Compur.

1936

  • Aero Compax - Stopwatch, Moon Phase, Medico, Tri- Uni- Master Vortex.
  • Pour Hermes - Chronograph.

1954

  • Polarouter.

1958-1969

  • Polerouter.

1965

  • White Shadow & Golden Shadow Thinnest automatic watch movement of the era.

1960s-1970s

  • Owned by Bulova.

1970-1980s

  • Introduced quartz movements to replace auto and manual wind movements.

1989

  • Purchased by Stelux Holdings Interational, Ltd.



Vacheron Constantin Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Vacheron Constantin
Switzerland
Geneva
e.1755

Specialties

  • Luxury Watch Company.
  • Started by Jean-Marc Vacheron (1731-1805).

1770

  • Created the first complication.

1779

  • First engine-turned dials.

1785

  • Abraham Vacheron, Jean-Marc's son, takes over.

1810

  • Jaques-Barthélemy Vacheron, grandson of Jean-Marc, runs the company.

1819

  • Jaques-Barthélemy's export expansion requires a business partner.
  • Partnership established with Francois Constantin and firm was renamed Vacheron et Constantin.

1839

  • Georges-Auguste Leschot joined the firm and invented standardized caliber watch movements.

1844

  • Georges-Auguste Leschot invented a pantographic device for engraving small watch parts.

1885

  • First nonmagnetic timepiece able to withstand magnetic fields.

1887

  • Became a stock company.

1970

  • Company was renamed, dropping the "et" between the names.

1996

  • Bought out by Richemont Group.



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