|On October 16th 1871 Carl Bamberg founded his company Askania for precision mechanics and optics in Berlin, Germany. From the very beginning his focus was on the engineering of precision instruments to measure time and just a few years later, in 1875, the company produced the first "time ball", a device used to indicate the time in ports.
At specific times the ball was lowered, thus visible indicating the time for all ships in the port.One year later the company presented its products at fairs in Philadelphia and London with great success.The company rapidly outgrew its facility and in 1888 Bamberg moved the principal office from Berlin-Friedenau to the former Kaiserallee in Berlin (now known as the Bundesallee).
The founder's innovative spirit became the driving force for the company for the decades to come. Over the years Carl Bamberg's Askania precision instruments became the most important manufacturer for airplane instrumentation and pilot watches providing equipment in the 30's and 40's to nearly all airplanes.Known for the highest standards of quality and precision it was just natural that pilots demanded a wrist watch that would fulfil the same high standards.