The history of Montilier is similar to the origin of many original watch brands at that time. It goes all the way back to 1852, when Etienne-Ovide Domon, who was born in Soulce in 1807, founded a watch factory in Murten. Until the creation of the watch factory in Murten, he could already look back on a rich life. For a long time he was a gunsmith in France (Havre), and as a result of his extensive experience he made many technical and artistic inventions. Some of them were later exhibited in Paris.
During this time Domon developed many valuable design, technology and watch making skills. Back in Switzerland Domon founded the Ateliers d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds (1845) and in Neuchâtel (1849). He later moved the studios from Neuchâtel (specialized in the production of clock components) to Murten. There he founded the Fabrique d’Horlogerie Montilier (1852). Shortly after, the factory set up in Montilier as the state offered attractive business conditions and industrial support programs.
His first partner was Constantin Dinichert (1832 – 1916), who originally came from Alsace. He was a watchmaker of trade and worked as a Sertisseur in the Montilier watch factory with precious stones. He soon stood out and had a great vigilance. Domon recognized the potential in the young and brilliant Dinichert and worked from then on with him as a partner. They began to assemble new technical features that soon gave Montilier a name for innovation and quality.
The Fabrique d’Horlogerie Montilier and the later Montilier Watch Co. received many awards at world exhibitions such as in Paris in 1878 and 1889 in Liege in 1930 and in Brussels in 1935. The quality of these watches was so legendary that even military watches were up In the 1950s.
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