Swiss Made Watches

Swiss made’ is a term that is applied to some of the world’s most well-crafted and reliable products. But, what does it mean when it comes to watches? The term applies primarily to the movement behind the construction of the timepiece. It is also a legal standard. ‘Swiss made’ watches are afforded the title under law. These laws were codified in 1971 and revised in 1995 in (you guessed it) – the nation of Switzerland.

A watch is determined to be ‘Swiss made’ by law only if it meets a specific set of conditions. The first is that the movement is of Swiss origins (movement refers to the mechanics behind the watch keeping time), the second is that this movement is encased on a location within the borders of the nation of Switzerland, and the third is that the manufacturer carries out the final inspection on the watch within this same mother-land.

Why Buy a Swiss Watch

So, that’s what defines a watch as ‘Swiss made’. But, the question remains as to why a ‘Swiss made’ watch is perceived to be far superior and more desirable in comparison to all other watches on the market. You have only to think of the brands Rolex and Omega to know that the ‘Swiss made’ stamp precedes all else. But, what are the concrete reasons for this?

  1. The first reason why ‘Swiss made’ watches are better quality is because of the standard of their mechanism.  Metal gears are used. They are made by hand and can be serviced – meaning that you can use a ‘Swiss made’ watch for an entire lifetime – or, several! The components and link pins are made with stronger materials. Standard watches are generally made with plastic parts that can’t compare.
  2. A second big reason why ‘Swiss made’ watches have such a good reputation is that are almost always made with 316L surgical steel. This is a high grade, metallurgically strong steel that has a greater resistant to corrosives – both of industrial and biological origin. This means that ‘Swiss made’ watches are the least likely to tarnish and are less susceptible to wear and tear. They are also hypo-allergenic – perfect for people who have allergies to inferior alloys.
  3. Another big calling card of the ‘Swiss made’ timepiece is they are usually made with sapphire crystal as their ‘face’. Hence, they are encased in a material with an extreme hardness (a 9 on the Mohs scale).  This makes a ‘Swiss made’ watch incredibly scratch resistant. In fact, they shouldn’t scratch under most regular conditions – even if you take a car key to them. In contrast, standard non ‘Swiss made’ watches use only a hardened mineral crystal which is much cheaper and much softer. So, you get what you pay for.

That’s why ‘Swiss made’ watches are popular heirlooms and hand-me-downs. They stand the test of time – pardon the pun!

If you are looking for a ‘Swiss made’ watch you might like to check out some items for auction online. Visit Lloyds Auctions for a range of mens & womens watches along with some luxury timepieces going under the hammer.

Scott Webber

Head Of Valuations

Accredited Senior Appraiser

Licensed Auctioneer

Qualifications & Affiliations

American Society of Appraisers (ASA)


Scott Webber is one of the founding partners at Lloyds and has worked for the company from its inception in 2004. In that time Scott has been a Licensed Auctioneer and Qualified ASA Valuer. Prior to Lloyds, Scott was a Farm Manager at Cubbie Station in Queensland, he has an earthmoving and agricultural background.

Scott is heavily involved in daily valuations. He acts for a wide range of clients and vendors including Insurance companies, Financiers, Insolvency Practitioners, Government branches, Joint Ventures and Alliances, large companies, and private individuals. Scott personally co-signs and oversees every valuation report completed by Lloyds. On average the Lloyds valuations department conducts over 500 appraisals per financial year.

Scott has managed many auctions and private sales, previously completing an approximate average of 400-800 traditional auction lots per week. Given that the Lloyds system is now online, traditional auctions are very minimal and are completed in a simulcast method, to comply with contracts we have with major government departments. Although Scott’s focus is currently Valuations, he still oversees and runs auctions weekly on a wide variety of assets from motor vehicles to very specialised process lines.

Scott offers a wealth of experience as an Auctioneer and Valuer in all aspects of Valuations and Asset Disposals.

Having headed disposal programs for Major Infrastructure Alliances, Joint Venture partnerships and Government projects throughout Australia, Scott has a wide range of experience in the Civil Construction, Earthmoving, Manufacturing and Agricultural sectors offering a “turn key” service from start to finish.

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