Roamer (watchmaker)

Roamer is a Swiss manufactor of luxury watch, based now in Wallbach, Switzerland.

Roamer, AG
TypePrivate
IndustryWatch manufacturing
Founded1888
FounderFritz Meyer
Headquarters,
Key people
Christian Frommherz
(CEO)
ProductsWatches
Websitehttp://www.roamer.ch

HistoryEdit

 
Roamer Competence La Grande Chronograph, Equipped with the unique Dubois Dépraz 2025 chronograph module

Roamer was founded in Solothurn, Switzerland, in 1888 by Fritz Meyer. At first, Meyer and employees concentrated on manufacturing cylinder escapements,.[1] Within only 7 years, the company grew to 60 employees and started producing complete watches. In 1895, the company developed its first own calibre and named it number 38 to commemorate the 38th birthday of the company’s founder. In 1905, [2] Meyer joined fellow watchmaker Johann Studeli to form the partnership Meyer and Studeli (MST). In the same year,[3] Meyer won a Bronze medal at the Liege World Fair. The partnership continued to develop new calibres and enter them into more World Fairs, winning Silver Medals at the Milan Fair in 1906 and Brussels Fair in 1910.[3]

The earliest identified watch is an unmarked lady's pocket watch containing an MST 41 cylinder escapement that has London silver hallmarks for 1908.[3]

In 1917[3] they purchased fellow Solothurn watchmaker L Tieche Gammeter (LTG). LTG had previously registered the brand "Roamer" in 1908.[3] In 1918 the partnership incorporated into the company Meyer & Studeli SA.[3]

By 1923, production grew to one million units. The jeweled lever-escapement watches were sold under the brand 'Roamer'. Cylinder, and later pin-lever, watches were sold under the brands Medana and Meda.[2] In 1932[2] the company started its own dial production line. In 1945, a representative office opened in New York City and in 1952 Meyer and Studeli officially changed its name to Roamer Watch Co. SA. In 1955,[1] Roamer patented the Anfibio watertight watchcase, which proved to be a commercial success. The company launched its first quartz movement in 1972.

In 2003, Roamer returned to manufacturing mechanical watches.[4]

In 2013, its 125 year anniversary, Roamer launched a limited new edition of the Stingray Chrono Diver watch.[5]

Roamer is a member of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH.[6]

Product linesEdit

 
Roamer Premier (1961)
  • Anfibio
  • Classic
  • Cralinee
  • Elements
  • Galaxy
  • Jubilé
  • Limelight
  • Mechaline
  • Mustang
  • Osiris
  • Popular
  • Premier
  • Rockshell
  • Rotodate
  • Saturn
  • Searock
  • Soleure
  • Sonata
  • Stingray
  • Superior
  • Superking
  • Vanguard
  • Viscount

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Roamer of Switzerland | Made for Roamers". Roamer of Switzerland.
  2. ^ a b c "Vintage Roamer Watch Site". roamer-watches.info.
  3. ^ a b c d e f http://www.mirius.co.uk
  4. ^ "History".
  5. ^ http://www.masterhorologer.com/2013/08/roamer-of-switzerland-stingray-chrono.html
  6. ^ "FH - Watch brands". www.fhs.swiss.

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