Glashutte is one of the pioneers and the heart of haute horlogerie with over 170 years of creativity and excellence that lends particular brilliance to the name Glashütte Original. The double G represents Glashutte` s philosophy, blending the historical and cultural Swiss heritage with modernity.
The soul of Glashutte original is found hidden behind the glass walls of the headquarters manufactory building in the picturesque town of Glashutte, where elaborate production and precise assembly of thousands of delicate small individual parts occurs. The fine movements are lavishly decorated and finished by hand, just like in the old days as a natural obligation to the high-quality tradition set by the old masters.
Glashutte Original`s story stretches back to the 19th century in the picturesque town of Glashutte, Switzerland. The turn of the 19th century saw the little town`s silver ores being depleted and since the town solely depended on the ore, unemployment significantly increased. The government had to address this situation with immediate effect and they called on companies to settle and invest in the ore mountains.
Ferdinand Adolph Lange was willing to help the tragic town of Glashutte. He was a master watchmaker and the son in law to the Royal watchmaker Johann Christian Friedrich Gutkaes. Ferdinand submitted a plan to establish a watch firm based on the Swiss model in the ore mountains of Glashutte getting his inspiration from the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland
The major reason behind all this was to help the residents of Glashutte by providing employment and also as an economic contribution to the Swiss nation. His concept was that the more high-end watches produced locally, the less high-end watches but expensive watches would have to be purchased and imported from Switzerland.
Ferdinand Adolph Lange`s plan was to train 15 young men to become professional watchmakers and specialist suppliers. This was to become a replica of German`s watchmaking industry, modeled after the Vallée de Joux. In order to ensure that the budding watchmakers were going to stay in the region, Lange only chose locals for his watchmaking apprenticeship.
Finally, the Saxon government`s ministry of the Interior allowed Glashutte as a suitable place for the new project and Lange was awarded a government loan on one condition, training 15 apprentices. Some economists argue that it wasn`t entirely a kind gesture of kindness to help the suffering inhabitants that Glashutte was chosen but also the very low wages played a role in the final verdict. Ferdinand finally settled in Glashutte in 1845 and started the watch manufactory. Along with him, he brought Adolf Schneider a co-student of Gutkaes, the manufactory`s Operations Manager.
Teaching former farmers, the art of watchmaking and precision engineering wasn`t as easy as he anticipated. The government loan was not enough either and his new business needed more capital such that he had to use some of his personal money and his wife`s too, Ferdinand almost went bankrupt.
Mr Lange invested much time in training the apprentices the production of movement parts, he even developed various devices for the precision manufacturing of the parts. One of his breakthroughs was developing the three-quarter plate which was an upgrade to the rigidity and stability of a movement and to date is a typical feature of watches with a Glashutte origin. With a low cost of labor, simple precision tools and his system of specialization of crafts, Ferdinand Lange was able to manufacture a series of affordable and very accurate timepieces which sold successfully throughout America and England.
Ferdinand Adolph Lange`s dream finally came true. He managed to establish a watch industry and his fellow apprentices learned the skill and became independent watchmakers, just to mention a few, Robert Mühle, Moritz Grossmann and the watch factory Union. The new watchmakers all settled in Glashutte and became well-known manufactures of movement pasts.
Lange`s theoretical lessons and way of teaching were soon adopted and further improved as a standard to teach young and aspiring watchmakers. As result by 1878, the German Watchmaking School was opened in Glashutte due to Moritz Grossmann making Ferdinand Adolph Lange`s vision a reality. This highly improved the economic situation of the Glashutte and Lange being the new mayor of the town, a lot of infrastructures were improved.
The onset of industrialization didn`t have much impact on Glashutte watches since Glashutte watchmaking mainly focused on producing sophisticated and complicated pocket watches which could never be mass produced by machines but only expert and experienced watchmakers. Neither did the trending wristwatches seem to catch Glashutte`s attention, Glashutte watchmakers were really loyal to their roots and tradition. Unfortunately, they overdid it, the aforementioned reasons and the Great Depression significantly contributed to the downfall of the watchmaking industries in Glashutte.
It was during the early world war days, in 1926 that two Glashutte manufacturers Uhrenfabrik AG Glashütte (Ufag.) and Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik Glashütte (Urofa) started to produce wristwatches of the highest quality at the time well-known by the name “Tutima” printed on their dials.
The second world war saw Glashutte focusing mainly on military pocket watches and wristwatches which included the famous aviator watches. Sadly, on the very last day of the World War –II, Glashutte was badly bombed and a lot of infrastructures were destroyed. East Germany was taken over by the Soviet forces and Glashutte was also included. In 1951, the few Glashutte watchmakers who survived the bombing were merged into the state-owned Glashütte Uhrenbetriebe (GUB.)
Post the reunification of German, the Glashutte watch industry slowly boomed, almost from zero to hero as the watch manufacturer was privatized under the auspices of Heinz W. Pfeifer, a renown German entrepreneur. It was in this era that watches with the print Glashutte original were launched. To date, Glashutte original is one of the most prestigious watch brands with in-house design and manufacture of movements and watchmaking equipment.
Glashutte is a small town in Switzerland which eventually grew into a watch name because of the watchmaking culture in the little picturesque town of Glashutte. Because of its rich history in haute horlogerie, Glashutte watches are very expensive.
Only very few replica watch manufacturers are able to make 100% duplicates of Glashutte watches except for Awear. This is because a lot of replica watches are greedy and they use trashy components and parts from China which cannot identically resemble the original watch brands.
At Awear we take a different approach by maximizing on the quality of our replica watches and the satisfaction of our clients rather than profits. We use the most affordable but good quality components such that our replicas are the closest to the original Glashutte watches and will last long.