ETA 2824-2. Delma crown with sapphire crystal, transparent mineral crystal on the back of the case and luminescent hands.
Founded in the nineteen-twenties by brothers Albert and Adolf Gilomen. An important era for the Swiss watchmaking industry, Delma’s avant-garde early days set the pace for its future. A new type of watch rose in importance: the wristwatch.
By the early 20th century military soldiers began wearing their pocket-watches on a fitted wrist strap. The practicality was observed by early aviators and soon the wristwatch became popular in daily life for its convenience as well as style.
Production was focused on precise, robust timepieces that were elegant at the same time. The company was dedicated to remaining at the forefront of progress by producing watches that aligned with the innovation of the day. The watches were exclusively crafted by the most skilled horologists and composed of materials from leading suppliers.
After a long period in the hands of the Gilomen family, the company changed ownership. It was renamed Delma Watch Ltd. in 1966 following the takeover by Ulrich Wüthrich and a partner. Thanks to their leadership and wise decisions, Delma steered securely through the quartz crisis of the seventies which cost thousands of jobs and quite a few well-known brand names.
In 1996 the business was passed down to Ulrich’s son in law. Today, Delma is still family-owned and operated by Fred Leibundgut and partners. His son Andreas serves as Head of Marketing.
As one of the last independent Swiss watchmaking manufacturers, Delma feels more committed than ever to the tradition of superior watchmaking and are proud to continue to convey the unique image and values of the traditional Swiss craft around the globe.