I flew half way around the world to visit the famous German watch manufactory, Fricker GmbH & Co Kg. And I have to say, it was well worth it.
Big machinery, great people and awesome watches. I was pretty much a kid in a candy store.
I have long had a fascination with the quality and workmanship of their watch cases and have owned and appreciated many of the brands that use their expertise.
So it was a real honor to be able to see first hand, the people and the machinery that goes into making my watches.
I arrived early morning on Wednesday 3rd December, and was introduced to the very friendly staff and shown around the whole factory.
There was a real family atmosphere which i found refreshing. Most of the staff have been there for over 5 years each, which says something about the place.
I also got to meet the man himself, Mr. Walter Fricker. A great man who welcomed me with open arms and who gave me great insight into the watch biz.
The tour of the factory was a real eye opener.
I can report to you that any watch case "genuinely" made by Fricker GmbH are 100% German made.
I saw first hand, how each component of the case was machined from a solid block of stainless steel through various manufacturing steps and then expertly finished (both inside and out), ready for assembly.
Everything was done in-house, from technical drawing to a completed watch ready to ship. They even do their own bead blasting.
My visit left me with no doubt, that my watch cases were in the hands of the very best in the industry.
Following are a few pictures of the machinery that go into making my watches:
This is the machine and person and that does the engravings for the casebacks and crowns:
Following you can see my Caseback's getting machined on one of their milling machines:
Following are the various 5 axis milling machines that go into making a watch case:
Some various lathes, milling machines and polishers:
A couple of posters on a wall: