Revue Thommen

After the construction of the Basel-Olten railway line in the 1850s, the little Jura town of Waldenburg, situated on the Basel-Geneva trade route, was forced to fight the unemployment and poverty in its population.

In 1853, the borough decided to introduce the watch and clock making industry and founded the "Société d' Horlogerie à Waldenburg" (Waldenburg clock and watch making company). However, the enterprise didn't flourish, and had been privatized in later days.

In 1859, it was finally taken over by a young merchant, Gédéon Thommen.

In early days, only wristwatches and pocket watches were produced. By 1920s, Revue Thommen had decided to also start the production of the aviation instruments. This segment of development was constantly expanded, and had made itself to be one of the leader in the aviation industry.

Since 1936, Revue Thommen's watches and chronographs have been used in the aircrafts. Nowadays, Revue Thommen are amongst the best leading aviation products to the best aircraft firms like Boeing, Mcdonell Douglas, Airbus Industrie, Northrop-Grumman, Saab, Westland, etc.

Revue Thommen - Pilot Professional Pointerdate (Ref.: 17060.2)
Movement: ETA Cal. 2836-2, 25 Jewels, 28.800 a/h
Functions: Pointer Hand Date Display
Case: Mat Stainless Steel Case with Scratch-Resistant
Crystal: Sapphire. Flat Profile. Anti-Glare Treated
Dial: Mat Black Dial with Arabic Numerals and Minute Track, Date numbers
Hands: Skeleton-Style Hands,
Water Resistance: 100m / 330 ft /10 atm
Case Size: 44.00 mm (with Crown 50 mm)
Thickness: 14.00 mm

Revue Thommen's contemporary watches are always inspired by its links with the aeronautic industry. Created in 1947, "CRICKET" is the world's "FIRST ACOUSTIC ALARM WRIST WATCH". This model was rapidly hailed as the most beautiful watchmaking creation of the century and embarked upon illustrious career.

After many presidents of the United States becames fans of the "CRICKET" (i.e. Eisenhower, Johnson and Nixon), Revue Thommen was known as the "PRESIDENT'S WATCH".


Since 2001, Revue Thommen is owned by Grovana Watch Co., Switzerland.

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Beat Count

Modern watches usually have "Beat" or "Train" count of 21,600, 28,800, or 36,000 beats per hour (bph). Older watches, particularly pocket watches, are typically outfitted with 14,400, 16,200, and 18,000 bph.

Hairspring, Jaeger-LeCoultre - Calibre 849

Accuracy is generally better on movements with higher bph. It is a simple way in judging the quality of a movement. The higher counts in beats, the smoother run of the second arm will be. Hence, higher end watches always employ movements with higher beat counts.


Each year since 1991, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva has hosted an exhibition, inviting visitors to discover the centuries-old roots that continue to nurture the art of watchmaking today.

16 brands had presented their new watches at the 18th SIHH in 2008:

A.Lange & Söhne
Alfred Dunhill
Audemars Piguet
Baume & Mercier
Officine Panerai
Parmigiani Fleurier
Roger Dubuis
Vacheron Constantin
Van Cleef & Arpels


A chronometer is an extremely accurate timepiece. The word is taken from the Greek words, chronos and metron. They mean "to measure time".

A Swiss chronometer is usually a mechanical watch, whose precision has been tested and verified by COSC, the official Swiss watch testing bureau.

The chronometer designation is a badge of honor and proofs that the watch is in a superior quality.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Watch, 50th Anniversary Edition (2003)

In 2006, the Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres (COSC) issued 1,300,140 certificates, or 10.7% more than in 2005. The number of registered pieces rose by 10.5% to 1,351,317 (1,243,915 in the mechanical category, +10.8%, and 56,225 in the quartz category, +5.3%).

Here are the detail breakdown.

1/ Rolex (710,752 certificates)
2/ Omega (257,187)
3/ Breitling (182,223)
4/ Panerai (46,454)
5/ Chopard (23,462)
6/ Ulysse Nardin (10,111)
7/ Corum (8,189)
8/ TAG Heuer (7,450)
9/ Chanel (6,980)
10/ Mido (5,722)
11/ Porsche Design (3,892)
12/ Bulgari (3,698)
13/ Ebel (3,516)
14/ Montblanc (3,471)
15/ Invicta (2,717)
16/ Titoni (2,018)
17/ Zenith (1,917)
18/ Rado (1,805)
19/ Eterna (1,706)
20/ Enicar (1,672)
21/ Paul Picot (1,638)
22/ Sinn (1,596)
23/ Christian Dior (1,100)

All other applicants obtained fewer than 1,000 certificates.

It is interesting to note that of the 56,225 certificates for quartz chronometers, 54,744 were awarded to Breitling products.


Though Rolex had the lion's share of the market in the Chronometers (with over 50% of the 1.3 million certificates issued), a truly "hand-made" timepiece by Rolex is rarely found.
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