If you like watches, you might be surprised to find out certain things about Victorinox watches, a popular brand based in Switzerland. As a whole, the company has a rather storied history regarding all of the products it makes, not just its watches. In fact, many people are truly surprised when they find out who Victorinox watches are really associated with. Below are 10 things about the company and the watches they produce that you may not know. There is no doubt that when you're finished reading this list, you'll have a whole new appreciation for the company that makes some of the best watches on earth.
1. This is the same company that makes the Swiss Army knife
You may not realize it from the name, but the two products are made by the same company. If you end up with a Victorinox watch, you own a watch that is made by the very same company that has been producing Swiss Army knives for years. That's something to be proud of, beyond a shadow of a doubt.
2. The company also makes bayonets
It's not really everyday that you read about a company that manufactures bayonets, but this one does. In fact, it goes back to the company's roots of the Swiss Army knife. They've made these types of survival tools for the Swiss military for decades. Over the years, the name might have changed, but the products that they make have remained largely the same.
3. They manufacture multi tools
It would only make sense for a company that produces these types of survival tools to manufacture a multi tool that can be used in the wilderness. Rest assured, they do manufacture such a tool and in reality, it's capable of putting just about any other multi tool to shame.
4. The company started making watches in the late 1980s
To be exact, it was 1989 when the company decided to start selling watches in the United States. At the time, the company name that was used to sell these watches was Swiss Army. The watches were a tremendous hit and the rest is history. They've been manufacturing watches ever since.
5. They manufacture luxury watches
While most people are aware that this is the same company that produces the Swiss army knife, they’re sometimes surprised to learn that Victorinox designs and manufactures some of the most impressive luxury watches in the world. They certainly do know how to design and build a luxury watch that's capable of getting the attention of even the pickiest individuals. That's one reason why they've experienced so much success with this particular endeavor.
6. They didn't initially manufacturer watches for any countries other than the United States
This wasn't so much because they wanted to impress anyone from the United States as it was that they wanted to test the market and they didn't necessarily want people to make the connection that the watches were made by the same company that manufactured all of these survival tools in Switzerland. Therefore, they tested the waters, so to speak, by producing watches for sale in the United States under a different name. Obviously, it worked. Today, no one cares that this is a company that makes both survival tools and watches, as their reputation speaks for itself.
7. They make watches designed for diving
There are plenty of sport watches out there that are water resistant to 100 meters or more. Some of the more dedicated examples are even water resistant all the way to 250 meters. However, it's relatively rare that you find a watch that is designed specifically for diving. This is a very specialized niche, so there's not that many watch companies that make products for this type of activity. In fact, Victorinox is one of the most prevalent companies that manufactures such timepieces.
8. They’re designed to be accurate
These watches are all designed to take a lot from the person wearing them without showing any real signs of wear. They feature movement that is both mechanical and quartz in nature, giving consumers a wide range of choices when it comes to the products they want to choose for themselves. Whatever you ultimately decide on, you can rest assured that it will be able to get the job done accurately for years to come.
9. They are produced in Switzerland
Today, all Victorinox watches are produced in Switzerland. The watches under the Swiss Army company name are no longer produced in the United States, but people that live in the States can purchase a Victorinox watch by ordering one online.
10. They sometimes lend out their logo
They are mainly known for producing their own timepieces, but they have also been known in the past to lend out their logo to other manufacturers, provided those manufacturers met their quality control standards. This is something that was a lot more common during their earlier days of watch manufacturing than it is now, but you can still occasionally find a situation where they agree to do this.
Written by Garrett Parker
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