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Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Nedu DC3026A-S6C-BE New Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Ball DC3026A-S6C-BE Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU 42mm Ceramic...
Php 149,415
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445
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Rolex Datejust 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Date just Original Black Tropical Gilt Patina Dial...
Php 323,682
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300
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept 26580IO.OO.D010CA.01 Very good Titanium 44mm Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept White Ceramic Titanium...
Php 9,243,745
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 25829BA.OO.0944BA.01 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Skeleton
Php 8,008,211
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Franck Muller Casablanca 7880 Very good Rose gold 47mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Casablanca Chronographe 7880 18k pink gold
Php 976,934
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Breitling A53605 Good Steel 41mm Quartz The Philippines, Quezon City
Breitling Chrono Shark Quartz
Php 77,300
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TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz WAZ111A.BA0875 Very good Steel 41mm Quartz The Philippines, Antipolo City
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz
Php 48,000
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PH
Omega Seamaster DeVille 165.002 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Cainta
Omega Seamaster Deville
Php 58,122
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3748 Very good Yellow gold 27mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe SADDAM HUSSEIN Signature & Iraqi Eagle Sigma...
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 8 WAR5010.BA0723 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic The Philippines, Davao City
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 8
Php 104,634
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Breitling Chronomat Colt A17313101F1A1 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic The Philippines, 1012
Breitling Chronomat Colt
Php 110,000
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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield 42000CN-0016 Very good Ceramic Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Tudor Fastrider Black Shield
Php 170,000
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A10 Good Steel 43mm Automatic The Philippines, General Trias Cavite
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
Php 121,263
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PH
Omega Constellation Day-Date 396.1202 Very good Steel 35mm Quartz The Philippines, Talisay City
Omega Constellation Day-Date
Php 54,785
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PH
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady WAU2211.BA0861 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic The Philippines, 1423
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady
Php 80,000
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Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB-0001 Good Bronze 43mm Automatic
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Tudor Heritage Black Bay
Php 348,635
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR2A1Z.FT6044 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Muntinlupa
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01
Php 220,000
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PH
Rolex Bubble Back 2940 Very good Steel 32mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometre Bubble Back Ref. 2940
Php 266,436
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 33093/3 Very good White gold 31.5mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K Weissgold Handaufzug...
Php 316,763

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Patek Philippe Gondolo 5099RG-001 Very good Rose gold 37.5mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Cabriolet 5099RG-001 White Gold & Rose...
Php 538,794
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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Squelette MP7138-SS001-030 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Squelette
Php 145,197
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (submodel) Q2623402 New White gold 21mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Joaillerie
Php 1,213,766
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247
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Patek Philippe Travel Time 5524R Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Brown Dial 5524R-001
Php 2,236,241
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC273-0061400-HE1421 New 33mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metropolitaine Automatic 33mm...
Php 174,317
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924
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Omega Genève Geneve Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
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Omega Geneve vintage 14K Gold with box 1972
Php 79,872
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 41mm 263-66 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 41 mm
Php 185,529
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Blancpain Villeret 6025AS-3430-55 New Platinum
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Blancpain Villeret ,Métiers Art Tourbillon Squelette 8 Juors...
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Tudor Submariner 75090 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Tudor Prince Oyster Submariner Oyster Case Automatik Stahl...
Php 328,605

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Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 511.CM.1110.VR.PIC12 Very good Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Hublot Classic Fusion Big Bang Black Ceramic/Titanium Limited...
Php 650,993
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Chopard L.U.C 161934-5001 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard L.U.C.
Php 908,826
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116
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Q2548441 New Steel Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Classic Medium Thin / An Lager/ In stock
Php 268,346
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448
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.90.42.20.01.001 Unworn Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Chronometer 007 Limited Ed.
Php 520,972
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Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet 25924PT.OO.D002CR.01 Unworn Platinum Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet 25924PT.OO.D002CR.01 Skeleton Tourbillon
Php 5,478,542
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Chopard La Strada 433 1 Very good White gold 18mm Quartz
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Chopard Ladies La Strada, Curved Rectangular White Gold Diamonds
Php 178,969
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 90275-52-111-BA6A Unworn Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Perpetual Calendar Equation...
Php 1,339,039
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Oris Artix GT 01 674 7661 4434-07 4 22 20FC New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Oris Artix Gt Chronograph
Php 98,020
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Omega Speedmaster 175.0034 Very good Yellow gold 38.5mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Chronograph 18K Gold Automatik Herrenuhr...
Php 293,080

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Breitling Chronomat 44 AB0110 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat 44 Flying Fish Chronograph Ref, AB011010/BB08
Php 251,634
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Omega Seamaster 2595.30 New Steel 41.5mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
Omega Seamaster Apnea Jacques Mayol Automatic Stainless Steel...
Php 224,072
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976 Q3732420 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976
Php 485,506
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 41 MM 126610LN Unworn 2021 New Card
Php 816,470
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5514 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Comex
Php 5,328,729
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Rolex Datejust 126334 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 41 "Rhodium Dial" - 2019
Php 633,842
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.006 New Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph 42 mm...
Php 281,730
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Longines DolceVita L5.686.4 Unworn Steel 33.9mm Quartz
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Longines Dolce Vita Dolcevita
Php 59,367
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Rolex Submariner Date 116613 Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Stahl / Gold Automatik Herrenuhr Ref....
Php 948,514

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Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage AL435LB4SH6 Very good Steel 50mm Manual winding
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Alpina Startimer Heritage 2020 MK II Pilot 50 mm 24h Dial -...
Php 74,010
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Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon, new, rose gold, 5-days power-res...
Php 3,894,506
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Ebel Sport 1216029 Good Gold/Steel Quartz
Ebel Classic Sport Lady
Php 109,535
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 New Steel 42mm Automatic
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 Steel 42mm White Dial – 2019 Box and...
Php 1,069,269
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Rolex Submariner Date 16800 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
Php 680,893
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116713LN Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II "Black Bezel" G/S - 2009
Php 726,969
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.92.42.21.03.001 Good Titanium 42mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 42mm Blue titanium ceramic...
Php 224,122
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 5123R-001 Very good Rose gold 38mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Calatrava Rose gold 5123R-001 [ Discontinued ]
Php 982,153
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.51.01.006 Unworn Ceramic 44mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Automatik 311.92.44.51...
Php 576,095

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Chopard Mille Miglia 8182 Very good Steel 31.5mm Quartz
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Chopard Mille Miglia Quartz With papers - 8182
Php 109,535
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Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine, chronograph, blue sapphire cabochon crown,...
Php 592,619
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Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 641.CI.0173.RX New Ceramic 42mm Automatic
Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang NEW Black Magic Ceramic Chronograph
Php 1,094,758
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 D-BLUE Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue
Php 905,291
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 2900.50.91 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
Php 230,912
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116680 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master II 16680 "Steel"
Php 930,683
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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pink Lady Long E Fullset double punched...
Php 2,232,145
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II Batman 116710BLNR
Php 1,045,655
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Breguet Marine 5817BA129V8 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Breguet Marine Big Date 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Herrenuhr...
Php 666,091

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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.