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Rolex Day-Date II 218238 Unworn Yellow gold 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date II President 41mm Champagne Baguette Diamond...
Rp. 859,742,315
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116718LN Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II Yellow Gold Automatic Black Dial Men's Watch
Rp. 589,175,504
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464
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR-0001 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II
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Vacheron Constantin Historiques 4072 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Historiques
Rp. 611,043,460
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18
CH
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller - Black - Limited Edition /35 Black Venom...
Rp. 411,790,917
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80
IT
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Good Steel Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta Barat
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Gold Plated
Rp. 30,000,000
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Rolex Datejust 1601 Very good Steel Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta Barat
Rolex Datejust 1601 SS/White Gold Excellent Condition
Rp. 56,164,071
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Rolex Air King Precision 5500 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic Indonesia, Denpasar
Rolex Air King Precision
Rp. 36,002,610
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Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Good Steel Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta Barat
Rolex PRECISION 6694 Greenish Dial Beautiful Vintage
Rp. 32,402,349
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Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan
Rolex Day-Date 1803 Diamond Ruby Dial 8385 Bracelet
Rp. 172,596,510
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Breitling 80770 Good Gold/Steel 34mm Quartz Indonesia, Jakarta Selatan
Breitling Tabarly
Rp. 22,405,000
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 6536/1 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rp. 402,797,195
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Rolex Oyster Precision 6466 Very good Steel 30mm Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta Barat
Rolex Oyster Precision 6466 Gold Plated Two Tone with USA...
Rp. 28,500,000
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Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan
Rolex Day-Date 1803 Circa 1966 Unpolished Beauty
Rp. 126,369,159
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Rolex Daytona 116503 Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Indonesia, Sidoarjo
Rolex Daytona
Rp. 365,000,000
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2561.80.00 Good Steel 36mm Quartz Indonesia, Jakarta
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
Rp. 27,422,500
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Indonesia, Bintaro Sektor 9, South Tangerang, Banten
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rp. 211,549,318
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Omega Seamaster 2514.30.00 Good Steel 36mm Quartz Indonesia, Bandung
Omega Seamaster Omegamatic 200 m Ref. 2514.30.00
Rp. 15,999,560
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Oris 420-7387 Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta Selatan
Oris Wrist Alarm
Rp. 10,080,731
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 279173 Unworn Gold/Steel 170mm Automatic Indonesia, 12810
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Rolex Lady-Datejust-Oyster Perpetual
Rp. 120,000,000
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Rolex Datejust 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan
Rolex Datejust 16013 Linen Dial Circa 1979 Fullset Box and Paper
Rp. 91,806,654
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Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 1625 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph TOG 1625 Circa 1625
Rp. 58,049,129
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Indonesia, Bintaro Sektor 9, South Tangerang, Banten
Rolex GMT-Master II
Rp. 322,891,064
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ID
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M WAF1120 Very good Gold/Steel 38mmmm Quartz Indonesia, Jakarta Barat
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M 2 Two Tone Mint Condition
Rp. 13,680,992
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Omega Seamaster 166 032 Good Gold/Steel 36.5mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Omega Seamaster
Rp. 13,282,500
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Omega Constellation 167 005 Good Steel 34mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta Selatan
Omega Constellation
Rp. 19,950,000
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Certina DS Eagle C023.710.17.051.00 New Steel Quartz Indonesia, jakarta selatan
Certina DS Eagle Quartz
Rp. 9,750,000
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ID
Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 AB0121211C1P1 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43
Rp. 89,000,000
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ID
Omega Constellation 167.021 Good Steel 33mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta Selatan
Omega Constellation
Rp. 19,190,000
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ID
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80285 New Rose gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster, 260 diamonds on bezel and...
Rp. 907,771,135
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55
CH
Franck Muller Crazy Hours 5850 Very good White gold 38.5mm Automatic
Franck Muller Crazy Hours 18K (0,750) Weissgold Automatik...
Rp. 166,727,573

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Frederique Constant Ladies Automatic Double Heart Beat FC-310WDHB3BD6B New Steel 36mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Double Heart Beat Ladies Automatic...
Rp. 38,757,614
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67
FR
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 4183 Fair White gold 25mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Zodiac Constellation Golden Ellipse 18k white gold
Rp. 69,816,080
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231
NL
Vacheron Constantin Vacheron & Constantin Very good Yellow gold 27mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Cal 1014 vintage 18K Gold 1973
Rp. 34,899,311
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124
HU
Piaget Polo S GOA41006 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Piaget Polo S Chronograph Automatic
Rp. 147,610,699
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79
US
Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser 2050-131/03 Very good White gold 45mm Manual winding
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Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser 2050-131/03
Rp. 690,530,050
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1322
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Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer FC-718WM4H6 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Worldtimer Automatic FC-718WM4H6
Rp. 29,666,150
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374
US
Maurice Lacroix Pontos 68775 Good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos Automatik Saphirglas Römisch
Rp. 8,641,900
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177
DE
Breguet Classique 5140BA/12/9W6 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique, yellow gold, extra-thin automatic movement
Rp. 207,490,545
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55
CH
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 49003 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Chronograph 18K Gold Automatik...
Rp. 137,048,319

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Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 585.NX.891L.NX.1204 Very good Titanium 33mm Automatic
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Hublot Classic Fusion Titanium Light Blue Bracelet Automatic...
Rp. 110,860,742
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860
NL
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Vintage Speedmaster Professional 145.022-68 ST Transitio...
Rp. 143,460,260
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14
CH
Vacheron Constantin Harmony 61201 Very good Yellow gold 23mm Quartz
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Vacheron Constantin Harmony, Full Original Diamond Set, VC...
Rp. 328,742,832
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59
CH
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date Ghiera Verde NOS 2005 FULL STICKERS
Rp. 486,739,762
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IT
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 CAR2C12.FC6327 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 CAR2C12.FC6327
Rp. 64,084,645
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1322
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Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic FC-723NR3S6 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Slimline Power Reserve Automatic FC-723NR3S6
Rp. 23,761,722
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374
US
Eterna Kontiki 1291.78.51.1430 New Bronze 44mm Automatic
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Eterna Kontiki Bronze Diver 44mm Limited 220/300
Rp. 58,660,172
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177
DE
Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 515.NX.1270.LR New Titanium 45mm Manual winding
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Hublot Classic Fusion ultra-thin, 45mm, titanium, manual wind...
Rp. 124,818,531
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55
CH
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Sea Dweller Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
Rp. 147,523,350

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Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 7880 Very good Steel 50mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 36 x 50 mm- 7880 CC AT
Rp. 103,877,388
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860
NL
Chopard L.U.C 161934-5001 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard L.U.C. Lunar Twin
Rp. 243,152,983
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113
CH
IWC Yacht Club 1811 Good White gold 36mm Automatic
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IWC White Gold Blue Dial Yacht Club I
Rp. 92,722,337
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59
CH
Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet 25925OR.OO.D001CR.01 Very good Rose gold 29mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet
Rp. 136,809,916
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12
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Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa PFC124-0001401-B00002 New Rose gold 25.6mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Kalparisma 18k Rose Gold Automatic...
Rp. 143,996,037
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853
US
Rolex Air King Precision 5500 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Air-King
Rp. 71,162,773
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14
CH
Breguet Classique Complications 5317pt/12/9v6 Very good Platinum 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Complications Platinium Tourbillon
Rp. 806,577,367
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591
ES
Breguet Héritage 5400BB/12/9V6 New White gold 42mm Automatic
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Breguet Héritage Chronograph, white gold,
Rp. 452,264,547
Professional dealer
55
CH
Rolex Datejust 126300 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 41 Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster...
Rp. 140,539,996

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Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 511.CM.1110.VR.PIC12 Very good Ceramic 42mm Automatic
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Hublot Skull Bang Classic Fusion Limited Edition 100 Pieces -...
Rp. 131,810,804
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860
NL
Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona - 116508 - Racing Dial - NOS MINT Stickers FULL...
Rp. 715,793,768
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595
IT
Eberhard & Co. Tazio Nuvolari 31068 New Steel Automatic
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Eberhard & Co. Tazio Nuvolari
Rp. 61,977,265
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96
ES
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master II
Rp. 349,167,692
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24
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Girard Perregaux 8046 Very good Steel 32mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Lady Chronograph Daimond - FULL SET -
Rp. 53,481,334
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229
PL
Tudor Black Bay 79220B Good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Rose & Smiley full set
Rp. 52,521,044
Professional dealer
14
CH

Swiss Watches: World-Renowned Timepieces

Swiss watches are synonymous with precision and luxury. The most well-known names in the business, with few exceptions, all hail from this Alpine country. Rolex, Omega, IWC, and Breitling all represent tradition and high quality.


This page contains information about:


Everything to Know About Swiss Watches in This Article

  • Buying advice for Swiss-made watches
  • Watches in different price ranges
  • Manufacturers, collections, and models
  • History of the Swiss watch industry

Which Swiss Watch Should I Buy?

If you want to buy a Swiss watch, you have a wide range of options. The right way to find out which watch is best for you is to ask yourself the following question: How much do I want to spend?

A new, brand-name Swiss watch with a mechanical movement can cost as little as 1,000 euros. You can find watches from manufacturers such as Chronoswiss, Maurice Lacroix, Oris, and Raymond Weil in this price range. Some series from these manufacturers are more expensive, however. For example, Raymond Weil's Nabucco chronograph costs around 3,000 euros new with a titanium case. TAG Heuer and Tissot also have a large selection of watches available for less than 5,000 euros.

Rolex and Omega are probably the most well-known representatives of Swiss luxury watches. The legendary Omega Speedmaster Professional is available in many different variations for less than 5,000 euros. The version closest to the original Moonwatch chronograph, which you can find under reference number 311.30.42.30.01.005, costs around 3,500 euros and has a stainless steel case. The material certainly influences the price, as cases made of precious metals are much more expensive than those made of stainless steel.

An Omega diving watch from the Seamaster collection with a gold case costs around 15,000 euros. The Rolex Submariner without a date display and a stainless steel case costs around 6,500 euros new. You should be prepared to spend at least 23,000 euros for a yellow gold Submariner, and 25,000 euros for a Rolex Daytona.

Patek Philippe's Nautilus is one of the most sought-after and expensive stainless steel sports watches from Switzerland. Without any complications, the women's version costs 20,000 euros, and the men's 25,000 euros. With a white gold or platinum case, the price jumps to 140,000 euros. The Calatrava, also from Patek Philippe, is the definition of a classic, elegant dress watch. New, the most popular version costs around 15,000 euros.

If you decide to go with a watch from Breguet or Blancpain, expect prices over 100,000 euros. Cases made of precious metals, diamond-set cases and straps, and intricate complications such a tourbillon increase the value of such watches. The newcomer Hublot also has some watches in this price range. The futuristic MP-05 LaFerrari watch usually costs 200,000 euros. The version with a sapphire glass case is over double the price, costing more than 400,000 euros.


Watches: Iconic Exports

Watches are a defining part of Switzerland's cultural image. They're more iconic than the banks and the cheese; only chocolate ranked "more Swiss" than watches according to a survey of participants from 15 different countries.

About 30 million watches leave the production halls of this little Alpine country every year. The variety amongst these watches is impressive. They range from traditional gold watches with complications such as a:

  • Moon phase display
  • Perpetual calendar
  • Minute repeater
  • Double chronograph

to diving and pilot's watches. Some of the Swiss companies even produce high-tech smartwatches. Many of these watches function as status symbols, ignoring their actual intended functions. Many diving watches from the Seamaster and Submariner collections will never go underwater, and only a small number of the pilot's watches sold by IWC or Breitling are actually worn in the cockpit. These watches work equally well as a tool watch or a luxury lifestyle object.

There are also mass market affordable watches, such as the famous quartz-powered Swatch with its bright and colorful plastic case. There are now mechanical versions with a simple 51-piece movement. The typical Swatch looks somewhat cheap and is not taken seriously by many watch fans, but certain models have sold at high prices as vintage watches. Furthermore, the Swatch is significantly responsible for helping the Swiss watch industry survive the Quartz Crisis of the 1970s and 80s. The Swatch watch, trendy and colorful, broke Swiss watches out of their conservative, stuffy image and attracted a new target audience. Above all, young people were attracted to this bright and simple watch.

However, luxury watches are what people think of when they think of Swiss watches. Switzerland leads the world in watch exports if you don't rank by number of timepieces. While only about 2% of watches sold worldwide come from Switzerland, they are worth 60% of the total value.

Many well-known brands with long watchmaking traditions belong to the Swatch Group (market share: 18%) or to luxury goods concerns like Richemont (market share: 16%) or Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH, market share: 5%). Rolex is the largest independent Swiss luxury watch manufacturer (market share: 12%). Their independent status greatly contributes to their outstanding reputation.


Overview of the Most Important Swiss Luxury Watch Manufacturers

Manufacturer Founding year Location of headquarters Parent group
Audemars Piguet 1875 Le Brassus Independent
Blancpain 1735 Le Brassus Swatch Group
Breguet 1775 L'Abbaye Swatch Group
Breitling 1884 Grenchen Independent
Chopard 1860 Geneva Independent
Hublot 1980 Nyon LVMH
IWC 1868 Schaffhausen Richemont
Jaeger-LeCoultre 1833 Le Sentier Richemont
Longines 1832 Saint-Imier Swatch Group
Omega 1848 Biel/Bienne Swatch Group
Patek Philippe 1851 Geneva Independent
Rolex 1905 Geneva Independent
TAG Heuer 1860 La Chaux-de-Fonds LVMH
Vacheron Constantin 1755 Plan-les-Ouates Richemont
Zenith 1865 Le Locle LVMH

Rolex

Rolex is number one amongst the large manufacturers. The Geneva-based manufacturer has been in business since 1905. Rolex produces some of the most famous and beloved watch models in the world, such as the Submariner, Daytona, and Datejust.

The Submariner is the definition of a diving watch, the Daytona is one of the most famous chronographs, and the Datejust embodies elegance. Rolex's pilot's watch is the Air King, and their GMT Master II displays a second time zone. With the invention of the perpetual rotor, Rolex significantly contributed to the breakthrough of the automatic watch in the 1930s. Every year, the manufacturer sells around 800,000 watches featuring their iconic five-point crown. Rolex doesn't publish any official sales numbers. However, since Rolex has their watches certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), we can calculate how many Rolex watches are produced based on the COSC's publications.


Omega

The most famous man to wear a Rolex is undoubtedly James Bond. He completes many of his missions with a Submariner on his wrist. However, the British secret agent switched to Omega, a member of the Swatch Group, in 1995. Omega plays a central role in the Swatch Group's company strategy, as they see the brand as a strong competitor for Rolex. Rolex isn't the only manufacturer with legendary watch models; Omega has their own to be proud of. The Seamaster is a diving watch collection that's been in production since 1948. The famous French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau wore a Seamaster. Another iconic Omega watch is the Speedmaster Professional. "Speedy," as it's nicknamed by fans, was the official NASA watch on the Apollo missions, making it the first watch on the Moon in 1969. The so-called Moonwatch is available today, almost unchanged from the original version, but now features a modern Co-Axial caliber and comes in many special limited editions. There's also the De Ville series, which showcases Omega's classic side.


International Watch Company (IWC)

IWC, based in Schaffhausen, also offers elegant Swiss watches, such as the Portugieser. They're even more famous for their pilot's watches, though; their Big Pilot watch and the Mark series are considered excellent pilot's watches. The Mark 11 was the official service watch of Royal Air Force pilots for decades.


Breitling

Breitling is a strong competitor for IWC in the realm of pilot's watches. Breitling's Navitimer is considered one of the most important pilot's watches. The watch, which was introduced in 1952, has a special slide rule function. It has two logarithmic scales on the dial which you can turn to perform various calculations, such as distance and fuel consumption. Breitling also offers powerful diving watches with their Superocean series and some versions of the Avenger. Rolex, Omega, IWC, and Breitling are all considered to be on the same level, thus Breitling also has a conservative, elegant line as well, the Transocean. Besides mechanical timepieces, Breitling also offers quartz watches with refined technology, such as the Emergency with an integrated distress beacon.


Patek Philippe

One rung higher on the luxury watch ladder is Patek Philippe. It's clear from the start that this manufacturer is a bit different: Most of their cases are made of solid gold. In the Swiss watch industry, steel cases are used around 50% of the time. Precious metals like gold and platinum are only used around 2% of the time. Patek's Calatrava collection is a symbol of the company and the epitome of a stylish dress watch. This watch collection debuted in 1932 and was inspired by the Bauhaus art movement. Patek Philippe's Nautilus also has a special position in their portfolio. It's a stainless steel sports watch waterproof to 120 m (12 bar) – all unusual qualities for a Patek watch. The company has a long history of watchmaking. The independent family business has existed under this name since 1851. Until 2009, Patek Philippe used the Geneva Seal as a symbol of high Swiss quality. Now, the company uses their own seal with even stricter standards.


Blancpain, Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre

Blancpain and Breguet have been in business even longer. Today, they're both members of the Swatch Group. Abraham-Louis Breguet founded his company in 1775. He's responsible for countless important watchmaking inventions, such as the tourbillon. Blancpain has been around since 1735. Their most famous series is the Fifty Fathoms diving watch. Brands such as Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Blancpain, are representative of the conservative values of the Swiss watch industry. This applies to Jaeger-LeCoultre as well. This manufacturer has been producing high-quality watches since 1833. Their Reverso is one of the most popular rectangular watches.


Hublot

Hublot takes an entirely different approach. This relatively new manufacturer plays the role of the rebel most excellently. One distinctive Hublot feature is their unusual, square-edged porthole design, which occasionally borders on the bizarre. Legibility isn't Hublot's main concern. Instead, they show a preference for the use of unusual materials such as ceramic or titanium. With their patented Magic Gold alloy, Hublot broke new ground. Magic Gold is an incredibly scratch-resistant alloy composed of gold and ceramic. Magic Gold comes quite close to the ideal, everlasting case material. Hublot was founded in 1980. In 2005, under new leadership, they introduced the Big Bang series. The Big Bang caused a sharp increase in sales, catapulting this Genevan manufacturer into the same league as other well-known Swiss brands. The somewhat calmer Hublot alternative to the Big Bang is the Classic Fusion.


Audemars Piguet

Hublot is not without precedent. Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak, introduced in 1972, as well as their Royal Oak Offshore, inspired Hublot's designs. The wide bezel with visible screws was directly influenced by the Royal Oak.


TAG Heuer

When it comes to TAG Heuer, it's all about timing. They patented their first stopwatch mechanism in 1882. TAG Heuer has dedicated themselves to the art of racing ever since – it's not a coincidence that their most well-known series is called the Carrera. Even the rectangularMonaco is a legend amongst racing watches. The actor Steve McQueen wore a Monaco in the film Le Mans.


Tissot

Watches from TAG Heuer are in a moderate price range. This applies to Tissot as well. Aside from classic mechanical watches, Tissot offers modern quartz watches as well. The T-Touch Expert Solar is solar powered. It's a multi-function watch with background lighting, a second time zone display, chronograph function, timer, alarm, compass, barometer function, and many other extras. The watch has a titanium case and is waterproof to 100 m (10 bar). The T-Touch Expert Solar has features that only an electric-powered watch can offer. Such an array of functions is impossible for a mechanical watch, especially one that costs less than 1,000 euros.

Other manufacturers also combine Swiss quality with moderate prices, such as Longines, Raymond Weil, or Maurice Lacroix. These companies often use calibers from the world's largest ébauche manufacturer, ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse, which is also based in Switzerland. The Swiss company Sellita also offers movements that can be found in the watches of many famous manufacturers. Only a few brands produce their own calibers, such as Rolex and Patek Philippe. !Zenith has some of the most important automatic chronograph movements in watch history. The fast-paced El Primero caused a stir when it was released in 1969; it even had a watch named after it.


Top 10 Swiss Luxury Watch Manufacturers According to Production Numbers

Manufacturer Number of watches produced per year
Rolex 800,000
Omega 700,000
Breitling 170,000
IWC 100,000
Chopard 80,000
Jaeger-LeCoultre 75,000
Patek Philippe 60,000
Hublot 40,000
Audemars Piguet 37,000
Zenith 35,000

Post-Quartz Crisis Revival

The Swiss watch industry began in the 18th century. Up until the second half of the 19th century, Switzerland was considered a place where it was easy to produce watches affordably. IWC, with roots in the United States, based their business model on this concept.

After many successful years, the industry suffered in the 1970s and 80s during the Quartz Crisis. Cheap, mass-produced quartz watches produced in Asia endangered traditional Swiss production. Some manufacturers disappeared forever and many workers lost their jobs. Yet surprisingly, Swiss watches later experienced a renaissance which has lasted to this day. The fascination with the technical genius that goes into mechanical watches enthralls watch lovers all over the world. Many manufacturers with longer histories are no longer independent, however. Merging with a large concern, such as the Swatch Group, Richemont, or LVMH, saved many of these manufacturers from going under.

Unexpected competition has popped up since then. The German town of Glashütte was trapped behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany until 1990. Watches have been produced in Glashütte since the mid-19th century, but they were far from being luxury watches when Germany was divided. Now, other manufacturers such as A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original have established themselves in Glashütte, making Glashütte watches true competition for Swiss manufacturers.


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