I don’t really like to shop and so whenever I do, shoes and watches are on the top of my list and that’s where the inspiration to make this list came from. This particular list talks about ten of the most famous brands when it comes to watches. Now, please know that being the most famous does not in any way mean that they produce the most expensive watches. That will be a whole other list. For now, just familiarize yourself with these names because they are the biggest. I am sure you have heard of all these before but I just put them into one small order. I hope you enjoy the read. Also, the rankings are not biases, this is the popular opinion.
Casio is basically all about electronics. Casio was founded in the year 1957 on the 1st June as Casio Computer Co., Ltd. They manufacture watches, digital cameras, electronic calculators, electronic musical instruments (Piano etc.) and mobile phones. Employing around 12,000 people worldwide they are headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. I am sure you must have heard about the Edifice series. That’s the thing with teen to middle-aged people and it’s not half bad. Also, you guys must remember the G-Shock. I was not a very big fan of that one. Either way, it is one of the most famous brands with people aged thirty or below.
9. TAG HEUER
The company was founded in St-Imier, Switzerland in the year 1860. Tag Heuer was founded by Edouard Heuer and it is headquartered in Neuchatel, Switzerland. They are into manufacturing sports watches, chronographs and fashion accessories. They even have branded eyewear and mobile phones if anyone is interested. Their slogan is ‘Swiss Avant-Garde Since 1860’. Mostly their watches are about cars and racing. Their current lines include Formula One, Aquaracer, Link, Carrera, Link, Grand Carrera and Monaco. Fancy that! Now this is the sort of watch that I actually prefer to wear.
Seiko is basically involved in Retail-Jewelry, Precision Instruments and Machinery. The company was founded in Chuo, Tokyo, Japan in the year 1881 but was incorporated until later in the year 1917. Seiko is headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan with Shinji Hattori as the president. They were the official timekeepers in Tokyo Olympic Summer Games 1964, 1978 World Cup in Argentina, 1982 World Cup, 1986 World Cup and 1990 World Cup. Most recently they were the official timekeepers for the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games held in United States in the year 2002.
Time Group USA, Inc. was previously known as Timex Corporation. They are a subsidiary of Timex Group B.V. and they are headquartered in the United States (as the name suggests). The company was founded in 1854 and was called Waterbury Clock Company back then. Honestly, I prefer Waterbury over Timex. They are headquartered in Middlebury, Connecticut, United States. Their slogan is actually very interesting, ‘It takes a licking and keeps on ticking’. Any guesses as to what that might mean? It’s pretty obvious.
They were originally founded in 1918 by the name of Shokosha Watch Research Institute. The named changed to Citizen on the 28th May in 1930. The headquarters of Citizen is in Nishitokyo, Tokyo, Japan. They happen to be one of the largest watch manufacturers in the world. In my personal opinion, I don’t really like their watches, no offense to anyone. Besides, I can’t even afford a decent watch made by them. Also, I believe I am not old enough to actually be wearing these. I am mostly into Casio and Swatch.
They are the world’s fifth-largest watch manufacturing firm. The company was founded in the year 1987 by Ratan Tata and Xerxes Desai and is headquartered in Chennai, India. The company is basically a joint venture between Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation and the Tata Group. Other than manufacturing watches, they are also into accessories and jewelry, both contemporary and traditional. They export their watches to around 32 different countries around the world. They produce jewelry under the name Tanishq.
4. PATEK PHILIPPE
Patek Philippe is a luxury watch manufacturer. They are popular for some of the most complicated mechanics in their watches. The company was founded in 1851 and it is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. They earned revenues in excess of 105 million Euros recently so you know they are doing really well. The most expensive watch they ever made was sold for around $1.49 million. Personally, their watches are one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
This is how Oakley talks of their watches: “Watches that inspire Swiss watch making toward new possibilities reinforces the authenticity that made Oakley a global icon.. Genuine innovation brings New World technology to Old World craftsmanship in creativity that delivers the unexpected, and in art that turn instruments of performance into objects of desire. We create each wrist watch by looking beyond the conventional ideas of industry standards, inspired by those who challenge all limits and measure life in fractions of a second.”
Omega is a Swiss watchmaker company. These watches are one of the most popular in the entire world. In the year 1917, Britain’s Royal Flying Corps chose Omega as their official timekeepers, which is actually quite an honor. The American army followed in 1918. Omega also is the first watch to be on the moon. The company was founded in 1848 by Louis Brandt. It is a subsidiary of the Swatch Group and is headquartered in Bienne, Switzerland. Just so you know, James Bond has worn watches from Omega in his film since 1995.
Rolex is a high-quality, luxury watch manufacturer. They are mostly associated with being a status symbol. If you are filthy rich, you should be wearing a Rolex at all times. The company was originally founded in the year 1905 in London, England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis. It is currently headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. They produce around 2,000 watches everyday making the company the largest when it comes to luxury watch brand.