The phrase ‘Swiss Made’ isn’t just a commodity label for its place of origin. It is more importantly a mark of quality and high standard recognisable throughout the world. This shines through our picks of the top Swiss made watch brands.
Most often associated with watches or timepieces. Swiss law considers a watch to be Swiss made if its movement is Swiss, if the movement has been assembled in the Swiss region, if its final inspection occurred in Switzerland, and if at least 60% of manufacturing costs are domestic.
Nowadays, over half of all luxury watches are made in Switzerland. In terms of their craftsmanship, occasionally it is only an understated difference that differentiates this group of watch manufacturers from one another.
This is also typically why people don’t decide with regards to a watch brand based solely on one criterion. But more because of what the brand represents including the status that’s connected with owning a Swiss watch.
Here we have put together our Top 7 Swiss watches by some of the best Swiss brands out there. Including us here at Uniform Wares, of course.
7. TAG Heuer Formula 1, £1,100
Firstly, World-famous for their high-powered sporting spirit. TAG Heuer watches have kept up with the world of sports since 1860. With Swiss craftsmanship, deluxe detailing, and a true need-for-speed attitude.
From the iconic TAG Heuer Formula 1 collection. This classic men’s three hand quartz is oversized with sunray blue dial.
Inspired by Formula One, the sporty Swiss made wrist watch is perfect for showing off your love of motor racing. It embodies TAG Heuer’s original racing heritage and commitment to brilliance.
Lastly, the ‘Easy Grip’, screw-down crown finishing enables better control with driving gloves. The steel bracelet has a double safety folding clasp to prevent accidental opening. As well as an extension for wearing over a racing suit.
6. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Oyster 40mm White Gold, £23,800
Originally founded in London by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis. Rolex, is the Most-Namechecked Brand since 1905. Giving it a generic name meant it is easy to pronounce across different languages.
The classic Oyster design was strapped to English Channel swimmer Mercedes Gleitze in 1926 to advertise its proven water-resistance. The Oyster developed into the Submariner diving watch in the fifties. In response to the burgeoning craze for SCUBA. And was worn by James Bond well into the Timothy Dalton days.
It might be an expected choice, but Rolex watches are arguably one of the best in the world and usually accumulate in value. Although this might be at the upper end of the budget scale it is a timeless classic.
In spite of appearances, things never stop for Rolex. Thanks to it continuously refining a limited range of super-precise, super-reliable mechanical calibres and timeless designs such as the Cosmograph Daytona. The chronograph was designed to be the ultimate timing tool for endurance racing drivers.
Created over 50 years ago, the Cosmograph Daytona is still in a class of its own among sport chronographs and continues to surpass time.
This Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18ct white gold has Steel and black dial with Oysterflex bracelet. Featuring a Black Cerachrom bezel with tachymetric scale.
It is not specified as a formal watch but you can get away with wearing it with a suit due to its 40mm diameter.
5. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph, £4,260
Omega’s company slogan is ‘Omega – Exact time for life’. They adopted many elements of Rolex’s business model. Which was successful in increasing Omega’s name recognition and becoming a direct competitor to Rolex.
From timing the Olympics to pioneering the only major advancement in horological engineering in two centuries. The world of Omega is a vast, multidimensional one.
As far as watches go, Omega is difficult to fault.
The ‘Moonwatch’ Speedmaster is still the only timepiece to have been ‘flight qualified’ by NASA. And boasts one of the most classic chronograph designs in history.
Since GoldenEye, 1995 the Seamaster diving watch is still the choice of 007.
Like the Rolex Daytona, it unites a classic and contemporary design with extremely remarkable mechanics under the hood. With a reliable feel and look it is a watch that will last. The watch has an asymmetrical 42 mm case in stainless steel.
It is built in the classic 4th generation style that was worn by Apollo 11 astronauts during history’s first moon landing. It is a watch that is truly out of this world.
4. Clifton Baumatic 10399, £2,250
For an automatic movement, Baume & Mercier offers a great price point and is for sure one of the top Swiss made watch brands. The Clifton Baumatic 10399 features a 40 mm case with a date window. And a smooth black dial, which is enough to demonstrate the charm and strength of the wearer.
This model is a sleek choice with the black alligator strap which is interchangeable. And the stainless-steel bezel and rhodium-plated hands of the dial.
It is a fitting timepiece for the modern professional who lives by his own conduct. This automatic watch comes with a date aperture at 3 o’clock and a transparent crystal back.
3. Portofino Chronograph, £13,450
The Portofino family effectively combines the ease of the Mediterranean lifestyle with minimalist glamour and timeless stylishness. Since 1988, chronographs have had their firm place in this family.
Bringing a sporty touch to the collection, the Portofino Chronograph handles single stop times and aggregate timing up to 12 hours.
For the first time, this popular model is offered with a case made of precious 18-carat 5N gold and a blue dial.
Lastly, the applied indices and Roman numerals are made from solid gold, the slender gold plated feuille hands. This watch is fitted with a hand-painted black alligator leather strap.
2. Reverso Classic, £5,650
Reverso was founded in 1931 when a British army officer had broken the glass of his watch during a polo match in India.
He challenged Jacques-David LeCoultre to design a watch which would survive comparable athletic undertaking. LeCoultre created this model, which face turns over to protect the front of the watch. It’s become one of the brand’s signatures.
The design Reverso Classic Large Small Seconds timepiece in steel is symbolic of the Reverso collection.
It reflects the finishes of the dial-in miniature, the little second dial shows the second level of reading. Dressed in a calfskin strap from the Fagliano Collection.
Whilst Swiss watches compete fiercely with brands from the East, Swiss watch brands have established their expertise time and again through different models.
Over the years, watch collectors have appreciated the spectacular pieces that these brands have produced. Some of these watches may come with a hefty price tag. But, every penny is worth it!
1. Uniform Wares, M40 Chronograph Watch in PVD Rose Gold, £350
If you want a Swiss made watch from british watchmakers but don’t have thousands to spend, look no further than here at Uniform Wares.
Our London designed, Swiss made watchmaker has an incredible reputation for its classic elegance, high quality parts, finishes and its artful application.
The chronograph watch has the signature lug-less M-Line case design in 40mm diameter. Paired with a supple Milanese calf leather strap. It is also available in other strap styles depending on your preference.
It’s a watch that definitely has that wow factor.
If you’re in the market for a high-end timepiece, you can be confident that a Swiss watch is still the standard to beat. We hope that you found our list of the top Swiss made watch brands useful.
Lastly, whilst you’re here, why not check out some of our other beautiful British swiss made watches and find your perfect match!