About Revue Thommen

A Heritage That Stretches Back Nearly a 160 years

Only a few firms in the Swiss watch industry can look back on such a long tradition as Revue Thommen. The firm, Revue Thommen, was founded in 1853 by Gedeon Thommen and it developed into one of the leading companies in this sector.

In the early days, only wristwatches and pocket watches were produced. They relied exclusively on their own movements, as was only fitting. Around 1920, Revue Thommen also decided to start producing instruments for the aviation industry. This segment was constantly expanded, and today, Revue Thommen’s instruments are among the leading products in the aviation industry.

Small watches (wristwatches) were produced in La Chaux-de-Fonds for many years. The Revue Thommen Cricket* products (mechanical alarm clocks) became world famous. Many presidents of the United States were proud wearers of the Revue Thommen Cricket watch.

The firm, Grovana Watch Co. Ltd., took over production and global sales of Revue Thommen watches in spring 2001. The firm, Grovana, is one of the leading companies in the Swiss watchmaking industry. Sales of Grovana products have expanded strongly in recent years.

Today, its watches are sold through more than 60 country agents around the world. Great attention has always been paid to quality, but if a repair is ever necessary, our spare parts service comes into its own. Any part, ordered by our agents, will be dispatched within 48 hours.

When Revue Thommen watches were integrated into Grovana Watch Co. Ltd., it was decided that two main divisions should be further developed: the Airspeed aviation chronometers and the traditional watch division with exclusive Revue Thommen Manufacture movements.

The Airspeed lines, which comprise “The Classics” and “The XLarge Collection”, will shortly be supplemented by the jubilee collection called “The Flyback Collection”. The Airspeed line reflects the technical accuracy and perfection of Revue Thommen’s aviation tradition.

The traditional collection is devoted to the original watchmaking art. Thus Revue Thommen has decided to resume production of the tried-and-tested, exclusive Revue Thommen Manufacture movements.

In the Beginning

Gideon Thommen

Gédéon Thommen

REVUE THOMMEN, was founded in 1853 in a little town, Waldenburg in the Swiss region of  Jura near Basel. The Waldenburg Watch & Clock Making Company “Société d’Horlogerie à Waldenburg” was founded mainly due to the high level of unemployment.

Only a few firms in the Swiss watch industry can look back on such a long tradition. In the early days only wrist and pocket watches were produced relying exclusively on their own movements.

In 1859 Gédéon Thommen took charge of the factory. From an initial 4,000 in 1870 to 13,000 watches in 1890.

In 1875 Thommen starts producing lever pocket  watches and leads to the invention of the “Springeruhr GT” watch.


Early 1990’s Development

Revue Thommen Old Factory

Revue Thommen Old Factory

In 1905 “THOMMENS UHRENFABRIKEN AG”  a limited company was formed by Alphonse Thommen, son of Gédéon Thommen.

In the year 1936, production of aviation instruments becomes the second main activity of THOMMENS UHRENFABRIKEN AG. Today REVUE THOMMEN, supplier of precision instruments for the aviation industry is indeed the most legitimate manufacturer of pilot watches. It is for this reason that it is more familiar with the special needs of pilots than any other watch manufacturers.

In 1947 the Waldenburg  watchmakers  develop the world famous “Cricket” watch. Various American residents wears a “Cricket”, which is why it is also called the president’s choice watch.

REVUE THOMMEN is one of the oldest Swiss watch brands and has always been worthy of the Latin –  derived term  “MAŇU – FACTURE”. Over 100 GT movements have been produced manufactum by hand.

Year 2000 to Present

Revue Thommen New Building

Revue Thommen New Building

2001, Grovana Watch Co. Ltd took over  production and worldwide sales of REVUE THOMMEN watches. Today its watches are sold through more than 60 countries around the world. Upon integration of  REVUE THOMMEN watches & Grovana Watch Co.Ltd it was decided that two main divisions should be further developed. The AIRSPEED aviation chronometers and the Traditional watch division with exclusive REVUE THOMMEN  Manufacture movements.

The AIRSPEED line reflects the technical accuracy and perfection of REVUE THOMMEN  aviation tradition. The traditional collection is devoted to the original watchmaking art.  Thus REVUE THOMMEN  has decided to resume production  of the tried – and – tested , exclusive  REVUE THOMMEN Manufacture movements.