The art of watchmaking began over 200 years ago in the gently rolling hills of the Swiss Jura between Geneva and Basel. It started out as an occupation with which to fill the long winter months and boost modest farming incomes.
For some of the inhabitants of the Jura, however, this challenging art became a real passion. This was certainly true for the Hasler family, the founding fathers of the DAVOSA brand.
Abel Frédéric Hasler makes silver watchcases in small series by hand. Two of his brothers establish a watch factory in Geneva, another brother sets up a business in Biel. Six sons learn the art of watchmaking, among them Paul Hasler.
Paul Hasler is already fascinated by watches as a child. As an adult, he sets up his own watchmaking company.
The one-man company Paul Hasler Terminages d'Horlogerie specialises in watch assembly for well-known watch brands.
These are hard years with extremely high numbers of unemployed. As a result many smaller companies are forced to close down due to a lack of demand for their products. Paul Hasler’s business, however, prevails.
Foundation of the company Hasler Frères with brother and partner David Hasler (1897-1951), who had worked as a talented watchmaker for Paul Hasler for many years. The company begins making its own movements and watches, especially for customers in the United States.
The sons of the founder, Wilfred and Eric Hasler, who had worked in the business for many years, become partners. New markets are swiftly conquered in Europe thanks to the excellent quality of their mechanical specialities.
The company changes its name to Hasler & Co. S.A.
The production of mechanical watches is expanded to include quartz watches. Models are adapted to market requirements.
The demand for mechanical watches, including those with special complications, increases towards the end of the 1980s. The company creates a small collection under the name of DAVOSA, which features chronographs with Valjoux 7750 and 7751 movements as well as other specialities like power reserve and regulators. DAVOSA is well received by retailers, customers and the press, and the collection is continually expanded from then on.
Customer ideas flow into the production process. Ever more sophisticated DAVOSA watches are developed, some in reserved and limited series in steel, metal alloys and precious metals. The DAVOSA brand now has a large and discerning customer base and supplies its watches to many countries.
DAVOSA presents its collection at the world’s leading watch trade fair in Basel for the first time.
Corinna Bohle assumes responsibility for the brand’s strategic direction.
The Panamericana becomes the first DAVOSA limited edition that is without exception to be found in the portfolios of prestigious collectors.
In addition to three-hand automatics and chronographs, small series calibres with special complications join the collection. For example, the Regulateur and a model with power reserve in 18ct yellow gold.
Our competence in mechanical watches is expanded to launch a ladies’ collection with automatic movements. The first of these watches are the Ladies’ Best Friends, which are later joined by the Ladies’ Delight and finally the Ladies’ Colour Delight.
We release the Pilot Chronograph to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ flight. It is awarded the maximum number of stars in a test in Uhren-Magazin, and continues to enjoy a high regard and great popularity.
The limited edition Classic Skeleton makes the Watch of the Year Top 10.
A special 100-piece series of our Classic model is offered in an attractive collector’s box. The models carry the names Waterdrop, Pinstripe, White Rose and Black Rose.
The first cufflinks are made by DAVOSA as the brand begins producing high-end accessories.
The Rallye Pilot Chronograph is released in a limited edition.
Two DAVOSA watches are nominated in the reader’s choice in Chronos Watch Magazine – the Ternos and the Argonautic. Just one of many positive mentions in the popular and trade press.
An Argonautic Dual Time with the legendary production number 33 takes off – in the true sense of the word. Attached to a special balloon, the watch reaches a height of 35,000 metres. And comes safely back to earth while remaining fully functional.
DAVOSA conquers not only the stratosphere, but also penetrates deep underwater. As a sponsor partner of DAVOSA, famous free diver and multiple record holder Nikolay ‘Nik’ Linder wears a DAVOSA Argonautic Lumis Gun.
An astonishing 5,100 participants vote on watchtime.net to choose the top divers’ watch of the year. A major proportion of votes are given to our Argonautic Ceramic with a Nato strap, which wins the ‘up to 1000 euros’ category hands down.
Austria’s Olympic hopeful in free skiing, Luca Tribondeau, travels all around the world to pursue his extreme sport. As the new brand ambassador of DAVOSA, he tests his favourite models under real extreme conditions. He is currently testing the DAVOSA Titanium with a carbon dial.
The strictly limited DAVOSA Pontus All Stars series is launched. Its four different complications celebrate exceptional stages in European automotive culture.
Today DAVOSA has a worldwide presence in more than 40 countries.