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WAKMANN GERMANY


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WAKMANN GERMANY

WAKMANN GERMANY

WAKMANN GERMANY


Wakmann era una casa relojera alemana que en los 70 popularizo varios cronografos y modelos de jump hours,

Tradicionalmente asociada a Gigandet  (Gigandet-Wakmann) desde mi punto de vista fabricó muy buenos relojes

por los años 40, 50 y 60 cuando montaban Movimientos Valjoux

A finales de los 60 la Empresa distribuidora se afinca en New York.
En 1975 y 1976 se dedicó a la distribución e importación de relojes Breitling, actividad que volvió a realizar a partir de 1990 junto con Buren.
Sus relojes aparecen descritos en 1974 en importantes catálogos de venta y en especial un 17 jewels con calendario day-date y alarma

en la galeria podreis apreciar desde un par de maravillosos cronografos tres Subdiales con movimiento valjoux.


Los Wakmann “POINTERDATE”

Precioso ejemplo de Pointerdate de Anteus (Foro Timezone.com)

A Beautifull Pointerdate example from Anteus (timezone.com)

Y al que fué su reloj mas popular, el “RAINBOW”, un cronografo con muchos colorines 

cuyo diseño no dejaba indiferente a nadie,con calibre lemania.

http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-…sau&1125343275

Tambien en dial negro


asi como un ejemplo de su caracteristico jump hours tipo taximetro.

Desgraciadamente hoy en dia GermanAsian aparentemente bajo la manufactura Trias

la marca sigue fabricando relojes de orientacion vintage y a precios asequibles, ultimamente bajo la marca Timekeeper

eso si montado calibres de fabricacion china… en principio nada recomendables..

http://www.wakmann.de/es/bienvenido/

*EDITO

El anterior enlace que direccionaba a timekeeper.de ya no es valido

Como esta entrada fue escrita unos años atras cuando solo se podian encontrar wakmanns actuales
de rango economico y hommages de modelos de los 70 clasicos de la casa sorna pero con calibres asiaticos,

Ahora la informacion sobre los wakmann contemporaneos puede llevar a error y ha quedado desfasada

2011

Parece ser que la marca ultimamente de la mano de Benno Richter, (Ex-breitling)

ha decidido seguir la senda de Stowa y elevar el listón
ofrececiendo ediciones limitadas hechos en alemania e incorporando calibres suizos de calidad

Cuando Timekeeper.de (ahora Timekeeper Chronometrie Alemania) decidió hacerse cargo de la histórica marca Wakmann,
hubo un corto período de tiempo donde la casa german asian  Trias
produjo varias series de  relojes asiáticos, etiquetados con la marca Wakmann.
Todos los relojes que se pueden encontrar en eBay y otros lugares del mercado,
son restos de stock de aquel periodo,
y por tanto con escaso nulo valor de coleccionismo.
Hoy Wakmann sólo Utiliza  movimientos, alemanes y suizos 
y los relojes se producen también en Alemania y Suiza.

Actualmente hay un nuevo website y una pagina en facebook que asi lo atestiguan

http://www.wakmann.de/eine-seite

https://www.facebook.com/Wakmann.Germany

Gracias a Boris de Wakmann.de por la informacion actualizada !

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WAKMANN GERMANY

Wakmann was a German watchmaker in the 70 for popular chronographs

Traditionally asociated to  Gigandet  (Gigandet-Wakmann)

In the  40´s, 50´s  and 60´s they did very interesting watches with Valjoux calibers

In the late 60’s the distribution company was based in New York.

In 1975 and 1976 was devoted to the distribution and importation of Breitling watches, activity again held from 1990 along with Buren.

Their clocks are described in 1974 in major catalogs and in particular a 17 jewelswith day-date calendar and alarm

And also they popularized several  jump hours models, in the gallery you will appreciate a couple of wonderful three subdial

Chronographs with Valjoux movement, like the Wakmanns “Pointerdate”

and their most successfull model , the “Rainbow Watch”,

a very colorfull chronograph in gold and black dial, that used an exquisite Lemania caliber,

http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi?10&ranfft&0&2usau&1125343275

and whose design does not left anyone indifferent.

Most of their jump hour models reminds the classical taximeter too.

Today the Brand , continues to manufacture vintage styled watches at affordable rates,

Unfortunaltely likewise absorbed time ago under the trias (germanasian branding) manufacture

Made in germany  But  with China  manufactured movements  &  Now under the Timekeeper brand,

so honestly not very recommendable.*

*(EDIT ) New Owner

2011

Benno Richter

Benno Richter

Benno Richter is well known as the Breitling specialist and writer of the famous Breitling book. Worldwide and specialy around erurope, he is very famouse as “the Breitling knower”.

His book created a new reference for collectors, specialists and watchlovers. But he is also a great watchmaker and a real master in watchmaker-art. His engineer-office of time-measuring is also very well known for its high precision and quality.

WAKMANN Germany stands for quality and highest request. Since we started, we took care that high grated technology is used to reach and exceed international standards. Due to this and because of the close solidarity of Wakmann and Breitling in the 70′s and 60′s, Benno Richter was the initiator of another successful co-operation.

As an advisor and technical leader, he is actively and decisive involved in development and manufacturing of our watches.

Thats why some of the first new WAKMANN Germany watches will be labeled as “by Benno Richter”.

The Breitling Book

The Breitling Book


The Watches by Benno Richter

Since a few years ago, “Benno Richter” labeled wristwatches are available.

But in the past, they have only been sold to good friends and a very small circle of some special resellers.

Now These watches will also be available in the future and be part and complete the collection of  WAKMANN Germany.

WAKMANN Germany watches are produced currently under maximum quality standards.

Every watch is regulated under severest controll of Benno Richter.

Only the best watches can pass the final controll and get his appoval for selling.

Service and technical works are made at the engineer-buero of Benno Richter and controlled by himself.

http://www.timekeeper.de/en/info/wak/

*EDIT & UPDATE EXPLANATION
The previous link  Directing to timekeeper.de   is no longer valid

As this entry was written some years ago when i could only find current wakmanns
from the economic  range,  and some Sorna/Breitling hommages of  successful models from the 70´s

..but with  Asian calibers, the information about contemporary wakmanns

could be misleading and its  now obsolete.

It seems lately that the Brand has decided to follow the path of Stowa and raise the bar
offering  limited editions made in Germany and incorporating  high quality Swiss calibers
and even sometimes with vintage movements.
From Boris (Wakmann.de)
“When Timekeeper (now Timekeeper Chronometrie Germany)
decided to take over the historical brand Wakmann,
there was a short period of  time – before WAKMANN was officialy registered to our company –  When Trias
produced asian watches, labeled with Wakmann branding.

All those watches you can find on ebay and other market places are remaining-stocks/left-overs from that time

and NOT related to WAKMANN Germany.”

Today Wakmann only use german and swiss movements,

and our watches are also produced in Germany and Switzerland only.

Currently there is a new website and a facebook page in order you can witness that

http://www.wakmann.de/eine-seite

https://www.facebook.com/Wakmann.Germany

See a beautifull example of the current production

WAKMANN Germany “RaceTimer 1960″ mit Flyback

WAKMANN Germany “RaceTimer 1960″ mit Flyback

Thanks for the update and the  links  Boris !!

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LISTADO COMPLETO DE COMPAÑIAS RELOJERAS CON LA “W”

FULL LIST OF WATCH COMPANIES WITH THE “W”

W.TRIEBOLD – W. TRIEBOLD Watch Factory Rheinfelden
WALDORF – ARTHUR SCHWAR – MICAL Watch Co Le Locle
WARDEN – Compagnie des Montres DATUM-NIR La Chaux-de-Fonds
WANDFLUH – FORTIS S.A. Montres W. VOGT Granges
WARINES – WARINES Watch A.GERBER S.A. Delémont
WATERLOO – Société BAUME Frères Le Bois
WATERMASTER – ZILA S.A. Fabrique de Montres La Heutte WATEX – AD. OBRECHT S.A. Soleure
WEARWEL – Compagnie des Montre ABRA La Chaux-de-Fonds
WEGA – WEGA Watch S.A. (to USA) Granges
WELFARE – Montres ZODIAC S.A. Fils de Ariste CALAME Le Locle
WELTA – Montres WELTA, EDYS & NELKA Co WYSS&TROHLER (to USA) Bienne
WEMA – Horlogerie WEMA WERNER MAYER Bienne
WEMBLEY – ROTH E. S.A. (to USA) Neuchâtel
WENGER – Montres ED. WENGER Bernhard WENGER Genève
WERMEILLE – WERMEILLE & Cie/ J.P.SCHLUNEGGER St-Aubin/Neuchâtel
WEST END – WEST END Watch Co S.A DROZ, AMSTUTZ Co Genève
WEST END Watch Co – WEST END Watch Co S.AAlcide DROZ&Fils St-Imier
WESTFIELD – WEST END Watch Co S.A DROZ, AMSTUTZ Co Genève
WIG-WAG – Fabrique d’Horlogerie LA CHAMPAGNE S.A. (to USA) Bienne
WHITE STAR – Fabrique de Montres WHITE STAR – WEISS & CO. La Chaux-de-Fonds
WILKA – Fabrique de Montres WILKA Wilhelm KAUFMANN (to USA) Genève
WILLE FRERES – Manufacture de Montres NATIONAL S.A. CHS-LEON SCHMID & Cie La Chaux-de-Fds
WITTNAUER – WITTNAUER & Cie S.A. Eugène ROBERT & WIITNAUER Albert (to USA) Genève
WSA – Henri PICARD & Frères La Chaux-de-Fonds
WT – Montres WEBER, GOTTLIEB AG (to USA) Titterten
WYLER – Fabrique de Montres WYLER S.A. Paul WYLER (to USA) Genève/Bienne
WYLER-VETTA – Fabrique de Montres WYLER S.A. Paul WYLER Genève/Bienne

8 comentarios

  1. Fawwheclact

    Nice site !!

    10 marzo, 2011 en 6:42

  2. Hello

    This is Boris from WAKMANN Germany

    just checked your great blog and found out, that some of the links dont work anymore.

    Please notice that we have a new blog now at wakmann.de and a fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/Wakmann.Germany

    Thats why some of the links above may not longer work.

    You are very welcome to visit our new blog and leave a comment.

    Have a nice day and best wishes to you and your visitors

    Boris

    23 mayo, 2011 en 10:02

    • Awesome, thanks for the new links Boris.

      No doubt that lately the quality standarts had improved, as i see very nice pieces with swiss movements in the new blog

      Since this entry was written long ago when i only could find wakmanns from the economic range
      (breitling / Sorna german made hommages most of the time, but with chinese movements)
      Seems i will have to change my mind on this one.

      Thanks a lot Boris i really appreciate the correction update,

      and any More info Photos or documentation about

      vintage 70s Wakmanns is always wellcomed !!

      23 mayo, 2011 en 14:40

  3. Hello again and thanks for the update.

    I would like to offer you some historical WAKMANN documents like advertisements, certifications, catalogues, etc Please let me know, if you are interested. They are available as pdf or jpg.

    I left my mailadresse, so pls contact me and I will send you some documents like the once you can see in our blog.

    We also bougth a lot of historical/vintage Wakmann watches for our own WAKMANN-Museum – so I can also offer you some nice photos of different models from different times.

    Some last words on the asian movements. When Timekeeper (now Timekeeper Chronometrie Germany) decided to take over the historical brand Wakmann, there was a short time – before WAKMANN was officialy registered to our company – Trias (as you said) produced asian watches, labeled with Wakmann. All those watches you can find on ebay and other market places are remaining-stocks/left-overs from that time and not related to WAKMANN Germany. We do only use german and swiss movements and our watches are also produced in Germany and Switzerland only.

    Unfortunately I couldnt find an email-address to send you those informations – thats why I decided to place them as a comment. I hope thats ok for you, otherwise you can take those informations and erase/edit this comment.

    Best wishes and greetings to all watch collectors and lovers of vintage models out there.

    Boris

    26 mayo, 2011 en 9:03

    • “Some last words on the asian movements. When Timekeeper (now Timekeeper Chronometrie Germany) decided to take over the historical brand Wakmann, there was a short time – before WAKMANN was officialy registered to our company – Trias (as you said) produced asian watches, labeled with Wakmann. All those watches you can find on ebay and other market places are remaining-stocks/left-overs from that time and not related to WAKMANN Germany. We do only use german and swiss movements and our watches are also produced in Germany and Switzerland only”

      That was my missing link, and pretty much explains everything about the recent history of this brand.

      All important info from the 70s period that you want me to add to this entry and the gallery ,

      please feel free to send it to my mail

      ronniking2000@hotmail.com

      Thanks a lot Boris and wishing Wakmann.de all the best in the future

      26 mayo, 2011 en 11:43

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