Brief history of a long Tradition and Legacy
1853 Société d'Horlogerie à Waldenbourg
To counter migration away from Waldenburg Valley, the municipality of Waldenburg establishes the Société d’Horlogerie à Waldenbourg (the Waldenburg Watchmaking Company). In 1859, Gédéon Thommen, an entrepreneur from Waldenburg, and Louis Tschopp, a watchmaker from Biel/Bienne, take over the company. Tschopp leaves the business in 1869.
To counter migration away from Waldenburg Valley, the municipality of Waldenburg establishes the Soc
Gédéon Thommen Watchmaking
1870 Production of 13,000 pieces
Gédéon Thommen becomes the sole owner of the company and changes its name to Gédéon Thommen Uhrenfabrik (Gédéon Thommen Watchmaking). He patents a “system for replacing individual components” and applies to patent a remontoire. A new production building is also erected, and Thommen, with the aim of becoming more independent from his suppliers, set out to produce individual parts for the raw work in his studio. Four thousand watches are manufactured under the new brand name G.T.
In 1890, production rises to 13,000 pieces. Thommen’s son Alphonse takes over the company after his father’s death. In 1905, Alphonse founds Thommens Uhrenfabrik AG.
Gédéon Thommen becomes the sole owner of the company and changes its name to Gédéon Thommen Uhrenfab
The first aircraft clock
1910 Revue brand introduced
1910 sees the Revue brand introduced, followed a year later by the birth of the Blériot watch brand. In 1915, a second production facility is opened in Gelterkinden. That same year, Thommens Uhrenfabrik AG receives an order from Switzerland for the development of cockpit instruments to be installed in the first aircraft of the newly established Schweizer Luftwaffe (Swiss Air Force).
In 1916, Thommens Uhrenfabrik AG already delivers its first aircraft clock to the Schweizer Luftwaffe. A new branch office is opened in La Chaux-de-Fonds as part of the company’s expansion strategy. Three years later, a third production facility is opened in Langenbruck.
In 1923, New York-based Albert Wittnauer imports Revue Thommen watches under the trademark Majestic Watch Co.
1910 sees the Revue brand introduced, followed a year later by the birth of the Blériot watch brand.
Thommen Flight Instruments
200,000 Watches are manufactured
Thommens Uhrenfabrik AG develops altimeters and airspeed and vertical speed indicators for the multipurpose C-35 biplane produced in Switzerland for the Schweizer Luftwaffe by the state-owned Eidgenössische Konstruktionswerkstätte (Federal Construction Works). The Thommen Flight Instruments division is created to separate the R&D and manufacturing of this large-scale production from the daily watch production. Two hundred thousand watches are manufactured.
Thommens Uhrenfabrik AG develops altimeters and airspeed and vertical speed indicators for the multi
G.T. Manufacture Movements
All parts for watches built in-house
Different types of watch movements are developed in quick succession, including the calibers GT 44, GT 54, GT 55, GT 56, GT 58 and GT 82. Thommens Uhrenfabrik AG is now completely independent. All parts for watches and movements, as well as for tools and machines needed for manufacturing, are now developed and built entirely in-house.
Different types of watch movements are developed in quick succession, including the calibers GT 44,
Designed for mountaineers
Research on the development of pressure measuring and testing devices for industrial applications is carried out up to 1943.
In 1945, the production of the pocket altimeter begins. Designed especially for mountaineers, the pocket altimeter is considered a milestone for the sports and leisure industry.
The company sets up its Department of Apparatus Engineering / Machine Tools to remain supplier independent.
Research on the development of pressure measuring and testing devices for industrial applications is
1953 Merging to MSR
In 1953, the Revue Centenaire wristwatch goes into production to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary.
In 1961, Thommens Uhrenfabrik AG merges with four Swiss watch manufacturers (Fabrique des Montres Vulcain SA, Uhrenfabrik Buser & Cie, Phénix Watch Co SA and Montres Marvin SA) to form the Manufactures d’Horlogerie Suisses Réunies SA (Swiss Watch Manufacturers United) or MSR. With Revue Thommen Holding AG as a major shareholder, MSR aims to pool manufacturing expertise and jointly supply the global watch market.
In 1953, the Revue Centenaire wristwatch goes into production to celebrate the company’s 100th anniv
Revue Thommen becomes main brand
Defining brand on international markets
In 1987, Thommens Uhrenfabrik AG introduces Revue Thommen as their main brand, making clear the connection between Revue watches and Thommen Flight Instruments and defining their position in international markets.
In 1987, Thommens Uhrenfabrik AG introduces Revue Thommen as their main brand, making clear the conn
The collection of the licensee Grovana
2001 - 2014 Revue Thommen Airspeed and Revue Thommen Diver
From 2001 to 2014, the licensee Grovana Uhrenfabrik AG produces an extensive collection of mechanical three-hand watches and chronographs, with the pilot’s watch of the Thommen Airspeed series and the Thommen Diver series gaining particular recognition. In 2014, Grovona’s license to sell Revue Thommen watches expires and the cooperation is terminated. However, Grovana can continue to sell watches manufactured and branded before 2014 under the Revue Thommen brand until their stock is exhausted. Grovana provides the guarantee for these watches.
Since 2014, GT Thommen Watch AG has continued Thommen’s almost century-old tradition of developing and manufacturing watches and instruments for international aviation and air forces with the production of Thommen Airspeed watches.
From 2001 to 2014, the licensee Grovana Uhrenfabrik AG produces an extensive collection of mechanica
The Collection by Swiss Initiative
Presented at Baselworld 2015
In 2014, GT Thommen Watch AG grants Swiss Initiative Limited (SIL) a license for the production and distribution of Revue Thommen watches. The relaunch with new watch models takes place at Baselworld in March 2015. In 2016, the license expires.
Exclusive production and worldwide distributions rights revert back to GT Thommen Watch AG. Revue Thommen watches meet the strict quality requirements of the Swiss Made label.
In 2014, GT Thommen Watch AG grants Swiss Initiative Limited (SIL) a license for the production and
Thommen Aircraft Equipment Ltd
2015 Two independent companies
In the second half of the 20th century, Revue Thommen AG rapidly expanded their production of flight instruments and equipment for the aviation industry, supplying over 80 leading civil and military aircraft manufacturers.
In May 2015, to distinguish the company’s aviation division from their watch production and strengthen its position as an aircraft equipment supplier, Revue Thommen AG was renamed Thommen Aircraft Equipment AG.
Today, GT Thommen Watch Ltd and Thommen Aircraft Equipment Ltd are independent companies. Watches, the original core business of both Thommens Uhrenfabrik AG and Revue Thommen AG, have been exclusively developed and sold by GT Thommen Watch AG since 2012.
In the second half of the 20th century, Revue Thommen AG rapidly expanded their production of flight
Continuing the tradition
2021 Solid and robust watches
Co-owned and managed by the Thommen family, GT Thommen Watch AG continues the long tradition of manufacturing robust Swiss Made mechanical watches. For close to 170 years the Thommen’s Uhrenfabrik (watch factory) in Switzerland has been developing solid watches, appreciated by people who take the highest responsibility for themselves and others – in aviation, sports, the military and mountaineering. Wherever a watch is more than a fashion attribute and reliability and robustness are a must, you’ll find our watches.
Co-owned and managed by the Thommen family, GT Thommen Watch AG continues the long tradition of manu