Jul 14 , 2020
We would like to present our new beautiful XXL wristwatch with the historical Ulysse Nardin pocket watch movement. But first, we want to tell you a bit about the history of the Ulysse Nardin brand and why their watches are considered the most precise.
The history of one of the oldest European watchmaking companies has started in 1846 when the 24-year-old Ulysse Nardin has established his own watchmaking manufacture in Le Locle and called it his name. The young man got his first experience in the watchmaking art from his father, Leonard-Frederic Nardin, who was making alarm clocks and repeater watches. Then, he improved his skills with famous watchmakers at that time Louis JeanRichard-dit-Bressel and Frederic William Dubois.
Newly established Ulysse Nardin company was specializing in the production of marine chronometers, big clocks placed in wooden boxes. This is the reason why the logo of the UN has an anchor. At that time, ship navigation depended upon how precise the timepieces on their boards are. As a result, UN chronometers became legendry. It is known that the navies fleets from 50 countries used Marine Chronometers made by Ulysse Nardin. The first big award of the company was the medal of the international exhibition in London in 1862.
In 1865 the manufacture moves to its new premises - Nr.3, Rue Jardin, Le Locle, Switzerland – where even today is still making their precise watches. Unfortunately, Ulysse Nardin dies in 1876 at the age of 53. Later his son Paul-David Nardin takes over the family business, produces a limited run of superaccurate pocket chronometers, and brings even bigger international recognition to the company.
Within 2 years UN was awarded a Gold Medal at the prestigious Paris Universal Exhibition and in Chicago (1893).
Between 1889 and 1964 Ulysse Nardin company gets another 18 gold medals and 8 Grand-Prix at different International Exhibitions. In total, the company's history has over 4,300 awards.
By 1975, Neuchâtel Observatory (which rates accuracy in Swiss watch movements) releases its last official chronometer performance data. According to this report, Ulysse Nardin obtained 4324 certificates of performance for mechanical marine chronometers out of a total of 4504 awarded (95%) had broken the records for chronometer performances.
This week we had a chance to list a beautiful wristwatch, which was built on a base of the original Ulysse Nardin pocket watch mechanism dating from the 1910s. It was found in one of the online marketplaces. Unfortunately, it was sold without an original case & dial. A lot of movements got scrapped for their precious metal (gold or silver) cases.
The movement was completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and calibrated. We have created a new engraved case and a new hand-crafted dial. After all the parts were put together, we repaired the movement, fully serviced, and tested it.