In 1845, Saxon Ferdinand Adolph Lange was the first master watchmaker to settle down at Glashütte. He followed a call of the Royal Saxon government that had equipped him with 7,000 thalers of seed money. Lange afterwards started to educate the first watchmakers. Despite considerable initial difficulties, from about 1875, the watchmaking and fine mechanical industry became the economic backbone of the city…

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In 1849, Watchmaker Trade Association for the Württemberg Black Forest is established. At the beginning of the 20th century, the region is home to many world-renowned watch manufacturers and their suppliers. Around 1922, Pforzheim’s watch and housing industry consisted of 30 companies that were joined together in the Association for German Watchmaking Industry …

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In 1862, brothers Christian and Georg Thiel founded a metal factory in Ruhla and started to produce pocket watches in 1892. The company continued to expand and distinguished itself as one of the largest and most important watch manufacturers in Germany…

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The former Württemberg city of Schwenningen used to be called the world’s largest clock town. In the course of its history, Schwenningen was the location for several hundred small, medium and large watch producing companies, that employed thousands of workers. In addition, those producers were joined by hundreds of small and smallest suppliers of the industry…

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