MWC was founded in 1974 by Wolfgang Obrigheimer, although he manufactured a limited number of watches in the mid-1960s and branded the movements Military Watch Company it was not until 1974 following a conversation with another famous watchmaker Albert Wajs of Ollech and Wajs who also lived in Zürich that he decided to run the business full time, Wolfgang ran the business at the time alongside two business partners both of whom had also previously worked in the horological industry, under Wolfgang's direction the company initially made hand wound mechanical watches progressing to quartz models in 1978, some models which we make today such as the MKIII, W10 and G10 battery hatch models trace their origins directly back to these early designs and are still visually very similar but with significant design improvements.
Wolfgang in 2005
Wolfgang unfortunately passed away in 2020 at the age of 91 but he continued to be involved with the company until the last few months of his life and still assisted enthusiastically with design concepts which was something which he still had a good eye for, like many watch designers of the past he enjoyed sketching the models rather than using computer aided design which is generally used today in fact we still have some drawings from the early watches back in the 1970s and early 1980s. Up until the last few weeks of his life he enjoyed good health and continued with his hobby which was renovating grandfather clocks and mantlepiece clocks, his son now runs the clock restoration business full time. It is our intention to introduce some wooden replica military mantlepiece clocks in the near future based on a RAF Mess clock from 1927 which Wolfgang owned.
Our design office, procurement and contract sales staff are still based in Zürich, Switzerland where the company began and we also have a location in the USA which deals with business in North America. Over the last 15 years, we have set up service and distribution centres in several other countries with manufacturing facilities in both in Switzerland and Germany continuing to manufacture parts and deal with assembly.
From a retail perspective, MWC operates in a wide variety of locations worldwide through a network of distributors and retail outlets in locations including the EU, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, and various other countries.
MWC is one of the worlds leading suppliers of robust military specification timepieces, not just to individual buyers and the military but also to police forces, anti-terrorist units, airlines, mining companies, shipping and salvage companies and a diverse variety of government agencies and departments.
Currently, we manufacture an extensive range of models which are produced under private label agreements and designed according to customers specific requirements, we also tender for contracts where quality, reliability, and long term durability are of primary importance, for example the model shown here reference G10/100UKG is currently supplied to the British MoD (Ministry of Defence) and carries the NATO stock number (NSN) 6645-99-472-3228.
Regardless of whether you are a wholesaler, buyer for a retail chain, a retailer of military, outdoor or adventure products or a government representative, please contact us and we can examine the potential possibilities to work together.Please Note: Many of the retailers, jewelers, outdoor stores, dive shops and airlines for whom we produce watches take advantage of our extensive range of OEM and Private Label services. As a guide, if you wish to offer one of our models with your brand name or logo we can supply you in quantities of 100/150 pieces and upwards depending on the model. For details please contact us via this link Private Label Inquiries and we can discuss the various design options such as strap, logo, movement, dial design, and packaging.