Arctos brand – History

Arctos’s  History – 1923-1945

Arctos‘s history begun in the year 1923 when Philipp Weber – an ex-manager of Marabu factory from Tamm, and Jakob Aeschbach founded the WEBER & AESCHBACH company with the aim of assembling and wrist watches. The company was based in Pforzheim – famous for its jewelry trade , and had two attic rooms. The only problem was that Pforzheim had no watch assemblers specialists, so Jakob Aeschbach  started a training campaign to form specialized future workers. While Jakob Aeschbach handled the education project, his associate – Philipp Weber concentrated on obtaining import licenses for the Swiss Clock movements.

When the Germany currency had stabilized – end of 1923 – Philipp Weber succeeded in making WEBER & AESCHBACH the first company based in Pforzheim that imported and assembled watches using the Swiss movements.

In the year 1930, Philipp Weber proposed his colleagues to supply the wholesale trade with finished watches. This allowed them to concentrate on their trading activities. The idea was implemented in a short period of time – Philipp Weber set up a cooperative formed by three assembly workshops and a factory that produced watches. By the year 1931 the “Pforzheim Collection” was ready to be sold to the most important watch wholesalers from Germany. Offering a wide selection of attractive models, the collection registered great success, thus the company became a preferred business partner  for some of the most influential wholesalers in the watch industry. Philipp Weber expanded his business and introduced his own watch brand – registered in year 1924. The brand was called “Arctos” – and has it’s name after the Great Bear constellation.

The RENTSCHLER & CO factory was founded in order to produce the Arctos model, in the year 1923. The factory produced mainly gold watch cases. The factory was manufacturing 320 Arctos watches every day. Although Philipp Weber had a close with the Swiss watch movement suppliers, he encouraged the growth of RENTSCHLER & CO  in order to free himself from the Swiss monopoly. Mid of year 1923, Philipp Weber was named deputy chairman of the board of directors after buying 20% stake in the manufacturer  UROFA -Glash.

20 years after founding WEBER & AESCHBACH, the factory was employing 900 people throughout eight assembly workshops . On February 23rd, 1945, the city of Pforzheim lost WEBER & AESCHBACH after allied bombers flattened the city in less than twenty minutes.

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  1. Posted by Anonymous on May 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

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