Brand Notes: Timex

Timex is a brand I grew up with and holds a special place in my personal watch history and collection. Some of my first watches were Timex watches and I had a very close friend of my youth whose first job was with Timex in Connecticut. As a historian and researcher, it’s fascinating to dig into the history of Timex. … Read More

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’s mother, Victoria, died and as an homage, he chose her name as the brand name and registers the cross and shield emblem as a trademark.… Read More

Brand Notes: Tissot

Tissot was founded in 1853 by a father and son team of Charles-Félicien Tissot a gold case-fitter and Charles-Émile Tissot a watchmaker. The origins of the company were as an assembly shop named Charles-Félicien Tissot and Son. In the mid-1800s, men carried pocket watches and ladies wore pendant watches. In 1853, Tissot was the first to mass-produce pocket watches and they produced the first pocket watch with two time zones.… Read More

Essential watch terms

In my first three posts, I covered watch components.  In post one I covered the outer parts of a watch, in post two I covered the inside of a mechanical watch and post three explored quartz watches. As you might suspect, … Read More

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. The Swiss are rightfully proud of not only their watchmaking past but also their future. To that … Read More