Guide To Swiss Made Watches

Swiss Made Watches


Swiss Made Watches from Marc Marcielo
Swiss Made Watches

It is without a doubt that the best watches in the world are Swiss made watches. The history of Swiss watches goes back hundreds of years and has become a symbol of the very best. but what is a Swiss made watch and what does it mean when you see the Swiss made logo?


For a watch to be considered a Swiss made watch it must have been produced following strict standards set out by the government of Switzerland itself. These rules are designed to ensure the quality you receive when you buy a watch that is marked Swiss Made.

The watch to be deemed a Swiss made watch has to have at least 60% of the manufacturing of parts made in Switzerland. This includes the case, movement and glass. The final inspection of the watch must be done in Switzerland.

The Movement

The movement of the watch is what gives  Swiss made watches value. The movements are done to exacting standards and are governed by a strict set of rules.

A watch movement is considered Swiss if:

  • the movement has been assembled in Switzerland and,
  • the movement has been inspected by the manufacturer in Switzerland and;
  • the components of Swiss manufacture account for at least 60 percent of the total value, without taking into account the cost of assembly.
Swiss Made Watch Movement
Swiss Made Watch Movement

If the movement is for watches to be made outside of Switzerland then the watch can be marked with “Swiss Mov’t” but that only pertains to the movement and not the quality of the watch itself.

The Assembly of Swiss Made Watches

Swiss made watches are assembled in Switzerland and given their final inspection. To really be a watch that has a lasting legacy, the assembly is done by hand and inspected at each stage. Although many watches are produced it is far from mass production. Each craftsman takes his time on each piece ensuring the quality.

The inspection process varies but for the most part, Swiss made watches are examined and tested beyond other manufactured. A 10 year or lifetime guarantee on Swiss made watches is not uncommon.

The Legacy of Swiss Made Watches

A good watch is something that can be passed on from generation to generation. It is not something that once you are done with you simply throw it away. A good Swiss made watch will last the owner for many years. This is why it is sought after by those who know the value.

The value in the watch itself remains a constant. Well made watches from 100 years ago have the value that watches made today will have in years to come. Swiss made watches are a legacy to the owner.