Montilier watches goes all the way back to 1852 when Etienne-Ovide Domon (1807-1873) founded the Fabrique d’Horlogerie Montilier. A couple of years later, Constantin Dinichert became his partner and since then Dinichert and his son were an important part of the success story.
Only 3 years later in 1855, the factory owned a rare steam engine and employed more than 200 people. At this time, the watch factory was the first in the Swiss watch industry crafting complete watches in-house, a true manufacture.
The company began to construct new technical features, which gave the watch factory of Montilier a name for innovation and quality. It received many awards at world exhibitions starting from 1867 in Paris (1878, 1879, 1889), Geneva (1896 ) or in Brussels (1935) to name only a few.
In 1890, the "Société Suisse d'Horlogerie, Fabrique de Montilier" had around 600 employees and exported watches around the world in countries like the Benelux, British India, Egypt, France, Germany ,Italy, Mexico, Ottoman Empire (Turkey), USA and many, many more. At this time, the company was one of the most successful watch company in Switzerland.
The outstanding quality and durability of wrist watches became legendary and Montilier was asked to produce military watches which were manufactured until the mid-1950s.
During many decades, Montilier was exhibiting the newest watch collections at the Basel Watch Fairs.
Since 2007, a permanent exhibition about the Fabrique d'Horlogerie Montilier was opened in the Museum of Murten (Musée de Morat), just in the neighbourhood of the village Montilier. Unique exhibits of Montilier from the times of early horology can be admired.
Montilier watch factory around 1902
Launch of the watch model TELEFOOT 1947
Shop window at Basel watch fair in 1947.