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Roamer Watch History

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From Rough Beginnings In 1882, in the village of Lengnau, Switzerland, a young watchmaker named Fritz Meyers opened a small workshop with ten employees. Shortly after, unfortunately, a financial crisis would sweep the watchmaking industry, forcing Meyers to abandon the venture and take employment as a chief controller at Kottman's Ebauche Factory, a producer of movement parts for other watch companies.    Fritz Meyer by Roamer of Switzerland via Roamer-Watches.info     The factory was run by the much-admired Karl Kottman, the company founder's son, who took over the operation in 1880 when it was nearing economic collapse. The workforce, which...

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Short History of the Heuer Watch Company

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Short History of the Heuer Watch Company

  In 1860, Edouard Heuer opened up a watchmaking workshop he named Heuer Watchmaking Inc in St-Imier (Switzerland).    In 1882 Heuer patented his very first chronograph and in 1887 invented the 'oscillating pinion' for mechanical stopwatches, an invention hailed as a major improvement to the chronograph industry.     In 1911, Edouard Heuer got a hold of a patent for the very first dashboard chronograph, known as  "Time of Trip," made for use in aircraft and automobiles because of its ability to indicate the duration of a trip up to twelve hours, to set the time, indicate the time,...

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The History Of The Omega Watch Company

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The History Of The Omega Watch Company

   Louis Brandt, a watchmaker who created key-wound pocket watches from parts given to him by local craftsman, founded La Generale Watch Co, a predecessor of Omega, in 1848. He sold his watches throughout Europe, and eventually with the help of his two sons, César and Louis-Paul. After Louis Brandt's death in 1879 his sons, César and Louis-Paul, go to Biel, Switzerland where they acquired a factory and a manufacturing technique which allowed component parts to be interchangeable. Wristwatches made with these techniques were promoted under the Omega brand of La Generale Watch Co. In 1903, with the success of the Omega...

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The First Wristwatch Worn on the Moon

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The First Wristwatch Worn on the Moon

  In 1964 an invitation for a bid was sent by James H. Ragan, a young NASA engineer, to several watch companies along with a specifications sheet detailing what NASA needed their watch to have to survive a journey to the moon. Four companies answered, Longines, Hamilton, Rolex and Omega, sent in their watches and were put through rigorous qualification tests which involved exposure to decompression, great acceleration, high temperatures and low, electric shock, high pressures and other abuses. The tests run from 1964 to 1965 and the last watch standing was the Omega Speedmaster, declared by NASA as operational...

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A Short History of the Wristwatch

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A Short History of the Wristwatch

  The earliest historical records indicating the inception of wristwatches involve Queen Elizabeth the first (1533-1603) of Britain in the year 1571, she was known for having a liking for timepieces & so as a gift, Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester who longed for her hand in marriage, gave her a jeweled watch attached to an armlet which very closely resembled a modern wristwatch. Where Dudley bought the watch, nobody knows, the watchmaker remains anonymous.      The most notable historical documentation is in July 8th, 1810 when the French watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet was given a special order by...

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