As the world progresses, accessories are one item that have been a part of people’s lives for centuries. One of these accessories are watches which can be considered as essential pieces to many people’s lives in this precise-time based era. There are several watch companies which can range from a few dollars to thousands of dollars. Watches are an item which are worn by everyone: the average citizen, actors, and even Princes. Here is a list of the top ten best -selling watch brands in the world 2018.
This Swiss company manufactures watches and clocks, and is owned by Citizen Watch Co. It was originally called the J. Bulova Company when it was started in 1875 by Joseph Bulova. The first plant of the company which was solely for the production of watches was launched in 1912. Brands that Bulova markets are Bulova, Caravelle New York, Wittnauer Swiss and Marine Star. Some of the key people like the current president of the company is Jeffrey Cohen and the chief operating officer is John Wille. Bulova’s annual revenue is about $164 million.
Belonging to the Swatch group, this watch company was started in 1892. The company began after the Keystone Standard Watch Company went into bankruptcy. This company’s name is related to Andrew Hamilton who was a Scottish born lawyer that founded the city of Lancaster. It manufactures and sells pocket watches and wristwatches. In the movie Interstellar, a limited edition watch was created that served as a plot point. It was never marketed to the public.
8. Mont Blanc
This international company is a producer of high-end writing instruments, watches, sunglasses, perfume, cufflinks, jewelry, and leather goods. Some of its sister company are Cartier, Can Cleef & Arpels, Chloe, and Baume et Mercier. All of the companies are a part of the Richemont Group. The headquarters of the company are in Hamburg, Germany and they are about 449 boutiques. Jerome Lambert is the chief executive officer of the company.
Omega SA manufactures and sells Swiss luxury watches, and it is owned by the Swatch group. It is the official watch for Britain’s Royal Flying Corps who chose it in 1917 for its combat units; the American army did as well in the year of 1918. The first watch on the moon belonged to this company as the brand is the choice of NASA. Some of the noteworthy people that have worn this brand of timepieces are James Bond, John F. Kennedy, Prince William, George Clooney, and Buzz Aldrin.
The Seiko holding company produces and markets watches, clocks, electronic devices, semiconductors, and optical products. It is a Japan based company which was founded by Kintaro Hattori in 1881. The word ‘seiko’ means ‘exquisite’ or ‘success’. James Bond wore a Seiko watch in four of his movies and Sean Connery wore one in the film Never Say Never Again. The company has been the official timekeeper for many events including the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Bejing, China. Shinji Hattori is the chairman and chief executive officer of the company and its revnue is over 213.73 billion Japanese yen. This is one among the top ten best -selling watch brands in the world 2018.
5. Tag Heuer
Tag Heuer company is a producer and marketer of watches, fashion accessories, eyewear, and mobile phones. Edouard Heuer of Switzerland founded the company and the current headquarters are located in La Chaux-de-Fonds. It is owned by the conglomerate, LVMH, since 1999. In the year 2010, the company introduced the ‘Pendulum Concept’ which was the first magnetic oscillator without a hairspring capable of supplying restoring torque similar to that of hairspring. Current lines of the company are Forumla One, Aquaracer, Link, Carrera, Monaco, Connected, and Grand Carrera. It has been the official timekeeper of sports events such as the Summer Olympic Games in the 1920’s, the Skiing World Championships, and the Formula One World Championships.
The Citizen Holdings Company is one of the largest manufacturers of watches. Some of its lines are labelled “Secret” and “Lighthouse”. It was founded in 1918 and the headquarters are located in Tokyo, Japan. Aside from watches, the company also produces calculators, small electronic organizers, handheld televisions, and computer printers. Some of its corporate divisions are Citizen Watch Co., Ltd., Japan CBM Corporation, Citizen Systems Japan Co., Ltd., Citizen Miyota Co., Ltd., Citizen Fine Tech Co., Ltd, Citizen Watch Company of America, and the Bulova Watch Company, New York. Its revenue is about 252.5 billion yen.
3. IWC Schaffhausen
The International Watch Co., is a high-end Swiss watch manufacturer which was founded by Florentine Ariosto Jones. One of the people who played an important role in the company’s success was Urs Haenggi. He stayed with this company for 52 years and was in charge of getting factory operations up and running smoothly as well as acquiring new buyers. Another role of his was to ward off the possibility of the outside interests who may acquire IWC. This company keeps detailed records of each watch that leaves the factory and details like the caliber, materials used, and cases have been entered. Customers can get the information about their watch if its more than ten years old for a fee.
2. Patek Philippe
This Swiss watch producer is located in Geneva and it was founded in the year 1851. Watches of this company have been worn by Pope Pius IX, Queen Victoria, Victor Emanuel III of Italy, and Christian IX of Demark. Queen Victoria had a key-wound watch which was created in a pendant style in 1851 at the Great Exhibition of London. This company’s watches were introduced to American markets and sold alongside the sister brand Universal Geneve. The company produces mostly automatic and manual wind mechanical movements, but has also produced and still produces quartz watches. The revenue of the company exceeds 765.6 million Euros.
Rolex SA is a company founded in London by Hans WIlsdorf and Alfred Davis. It is ranked as 64th on Forbes list of the world’s most powerful global brands of 2018. This luxury company produces about 2,000 watches a day. A few of the noteworthy models of the company are Datejust, Daytona, Day-Date, GMT Master II, Milgauss, Oysterquartz, and Submariner. Hans Wilsdorf Foundation is the owner of the company and it is registered as a charity.
These are the bestselling Watch brands in the world in 2018. These are excellent in build, design and precision. They are very much popular and produce some of the most expensive watches too.