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The Smaller Watch Brands: EZA

Eza may be one of the smallest watch brands ever. They produced only a small run of watches, many of which are shown here, all with HB 313 (automatic date) or HB 312 (automatic no-date) movements. HB stands for Hermann Becker. Hermann Becker KG was established in Pforzheim (Germany)...

The smaller watch brands: Marvin

In 1893 the MARVIN brand history starts with it's officially registration in Berne in Switzerland by the Didisheim Family. In 1894 the Company starts operating in the Swiss town of La Chaux-de-Fonds. As early as 1912 the Company becomes a Manufacture in its own right. By 1918 Marvin...

The smaller watch brands: Dreffa

Armand Dreyfus etablished his Company in 1874 in Geneve, Switzerland. He chose the french name "Montres" meaning watches. The brand name Dreffa (derived from his own name DREyFus, A) . The form was a Société Anonyme (anonymous partnership) in short S.A. Making the full Company name "Montres Dreffa...

The smaller watch brand: Lanco – Langendorf Watch Company

  In 1872 Johann Viktor Kottmann from Switzerland founded the Uhrenfabrik Langendorf SA in the city of Langendorf. From 1890, the main brand of the Langendorf Watch Company was "Langendorf", but the company produced watches, movements (ebauches), dials, cases, etc that were sold under other brand names. These parts...

The smaller watch brands Tradition

This blog features one of the smaller watch brands Tradition. Tradition is a watch brand by Sears, Roebuck & Company. This is a chain of American department stores that go back in time as far as 1885. The founder Richard Sears was a railroad station agent in...

The smaller brands: Ollech & Wajs

In the 1950's Albert Wajs began making and supplying stainless steel bracelets for wristwatches. In 1956, a partnership was formed with Mr Ollech to begin manufacturing wristwatches. The Ollech & Wajs Company was born. The design philosophy was to create durable and good looking sports watches at affordable...

The smaller watch brands: IAXA

Now there is a brand I never heard about. I picked a beautiful IAXA signed watch up from a seller in Belgium, even had the original box. It was made well with a genuine Swiss movement by Peseux. Also reads Swiss Made on the dial and on the...

The smaller watch brands: Olma

Olma is a very small brand. They are not really a manufacturer since they never produced their own movements. They do have a long history, starting in the early 1900's, and are still in business today after a restart in the late 1980's or early 1990's. You can...

The smaller watch brands: Pontiac

In Biel, Switzerland, the name Pontiac was registered by the company Suprecis SA. It is not clear when exactly the name was registered. What is known is that an important link to Belgium is made where the same name was registered by Etablissements A. Kinsbergen SA from Brussels...

The smaller watch brands: Mobilia

When you find yourself looking to buy a watch, you first look at the dial to determine if the name on it seems familiar. Unfamiliar names are often reasons to put it down. You cannot be sure what you will get if you do not know the manufacturer...

The smaller watch brands: BWC

BWC (Buttes Watch Company) is a small but important watch manufacturer. It was founded in 1924 by Mr. Arthur Charlet in his birthplace, Buttes, found in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.The company remains in existence and continues making its presence known with new watches. You can read all about BWC on...

The smaller watch brands: Nautilus

When planning on making watches specially for divers, in the 1970's. Tto be sold through divinggear shops through out Europe. What would you use as a logo and name? Of course! The Nautilus shell! And so they did. Notice the opening of the shell is turning up on...

The smaller watch brands: Tenor-Dorly

Tenor-Dorly is definitely not a head-turner for the average collector and certainly not for the general public. I think I can even say that if you did know of the brand, you are very close to becomming a watch connesseur yourself! So what about this Tenor-Dorly? First of...

The smaller watch brands: Cyma

When visiting the official Cyma website, one learns that Cyma was established in 1862 by the Schwob Brothers. We also learn that "CYMA and Tavannes are not related or associated in any way," and that Cyma is now based in Le Locle, Switzerland. After conducting research, I can only...

The smaller watch brands: Technos

Every now and then vintage watches from the 1940's-1970's under the Technos brand pop up. This small brand was founded in 1850 in Switzerland and registerd by the brothers Gunzinger under the name "AG Uhrenfabrik Technos." They used the slogan, "Technos: The most punctual Swiss of the world." Like...

The smaller watch brands: Sicura

Sicura. A watch company with several different entries on the records of the Chamber of Commerce: - Montres Sicura S.A. Grenchen - Sicura Uhren A.G. Grenchen - Sicura Watch Company Ltd. Grenchen ...and also connected to the Breitling Watch Company Sicura was a brand in existence in the 1960's and 1970's—but I don't...

The smaller watch brands: ESKA

Eska is certainly one of the small, lesser-known watch brands. At the end of World War I in 1918, expectations for an economic upswing led to the creation of a number of watchmaking firms. One of them was Sylvan Kocher & Cie. S.A. of Grenchen. Amongst its many...

The smaller watch brands: ARSA

Just a few letters make up the brand name, but an entire world exists behind them. ARSA (read more in the watchipedia) is short for Auguste Reymond Société Anonymethe: "A" and "R" are for founder of the company, Auguste Reymond, and the "S" and "A" are for the...

The smaller watch brands: Stowa

Often when old brand names are revived and start to have success, interest for their earlier products increases. Naturally, it helps generate interest in the brand when new products reference their heritage. This is the case for several new Stowa products. For example, Stowa still produce a divers'...

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