It is kind of hard to tell what is a "real" Swiss watch anymore. Swiss Made means it complies with Swiss Law that 50% of the value of the watch (parts and labor) were due to Swiss manufacturing. One common way of achieving this is to put a Swiss movement into a foreign sourced case, and "assemble" it in Switzerland. Whether this means truly Swiss Made to you is another matter.
Lots of dive watches.
Real Swiss in legal terms: YES.
Swiss Military belongs to Wenger and since 2005 Wenger is under the umbrella of Victorinox Swiss Army Watch SA.
Last edited by stuffler,mike; December 30th, 2008 at 18:16.
I think they're real. I have one of their pieces called Spirit bought two years ago from Switzerland and held up pretty well. Cheap-ish, ETA G10, nice accuracy and a quality metallic mesh.
We are the caretakers of mechanical art.
Member NAWCC, National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors
Chrono AG is a private label manufacturer based in Solothurn. They are decent people specialising in well-made watches at affordable prices.
For the last few years they have intensified their efforts in promoting their own brands Chrono and above all Cover. Cover has become a kind of success story in India and in the Middle East amongst other markets, recently.
Amazingly, the Swiss government had protected the names Swiss Military or Swiss Army a few years ago only. The Swiss Ministry of Defence has granted limited rights to a few watch companies. Amongst them Hanowa and Victorinox as far as I am aware of. Which of the companies makes the best watches is subject to debate. However, since they are now watched by the Swiss Army guys (the armed ones) quality as improved.
thanks to all!
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