History of Auguste Reymond
Auguste Reymond SA is an independent Swiss luxury watch manufacturer founded in 1898 by Auguste Reymond in Switzerland. With a history spanning almost 125 years, this Swiss watch manufacturer is famous for its high-quality wristwatches and UNITAS movements.
In 1898, Auguste gathered a small group of watchmakers and started manufacturing pocket watches in a rented apartment in Tramelan. A decade later, he had over 100 employees working for him in his own factory and became the most important employer in the Bernese Jura region.
To strengthen its factory production, Auguste Reymond purchased watch manufacturer Unitas Watch Co. (Tramelan) in 1926 and converted the factory for movement production. They sold their watches under two sister brands, ARSA and A. Reymond. In 1932 the brand joined the ASUAG (General Swiss Watches AG). By the early 1970s, the number of employees rose to 300, and the company accumulated sales of over 15 million Swiss francs.
The quartz crisis negatively affected the watch industry between the 1970s and the early 1980s, and many brands suffered. Auguste Reymond was no exception. The brand was sold to Montres Nitella SA in 1989, owned by the Loosli family. They developed a new line of mechanical watches and stayed in business until 2019 when Auguste Reymond was sold to Phillip Klingenberg, owner of Century Time Gems.