Fine watchmaking from Glashütte
A manufacturer with long-standing traditions
Glashütte is a small idyllic village near Dresden, which, despite its modest size, is a world-renowned birthplace for fine timepieces. Glashütte has been known as a place of horological inventions since the 19th century.
However, the Second World War and the German Democratic Republic-era brought about hard times for the company Glashütte Original. The private watch manufacturers were mercilessly nationalised and became the state-owned company, “Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe”. The company produced watches for neighbouring countries and had to build a difficult vertical manufacturing process due to limited import possibilities. The company could no longer import pieces from Switzerland or other countries and instead had to create most watch parts on their own. Many popular designs that date from this period include the Spezimatic or the Spezichron.
Following the reunification of Germany, the company re-emerged as GUB or the “Glashütte Uhrenbetrieb GmbH”, eventually changing its brand name to “Glashütte Original” in 1994. The company still holds patents on many different mechanisms and watchmaking art techniques that characterise the German company. Tradition conscious and extremely proficient, Glashütte Original now has one of the highest vertically integrated production systems in the industry.