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Arctos Watches guide

Arctos watches history begun in Germany, in a province named Pforzheim, where Philipp Weber founded the first watch factory – Uhrenfabrik, in the year 1923. The factory was a high ranked assembler – preferred as a business partner for some of the most influential wholesalers in Germany. In the year 1924 Webner expanded his business – founding The RENTSCHLER & CO factory to produce his own watch brand – Arctos. The company was later destroyed during a WW2 bombing on the region, but was reconstructed in the year 1947, same year when Philipp renamed the factory to ARCTOS-UHRENFABRIK PHILIPP WEBER.
Today, all watches carry the spirit and tradition of Arctos manufacture, having the finest Swiss automatic movements and carefully imprinted designs.

Arctus watches can be found in different models, such as the Nato, Military, Pearl, Marine Diver and Black Wave:

The Arctos Nato wrist watches are using some of the best materials for the crystal, case and automatic movement, making the collection reliable and with a stylish design. The Arctos Nato are not only designed for extreme demands of the Special Forces but also for the watch connoisseurs. The dial features are military style or utility.

The Arctos Military are robust military watches. Their main features are: tactical, luxuriously finishes with sapphire crystal and highly polished stainless steel. The military Arctos watches are the perfect candidates for field related activities, having large numerals and balanced hands in order to provide an extremely clear display. The Arctos military watches are part of the official standard equipment for NATO and the German Armed Forces.

The Arctos Marine Diver are classic German navy diver watches, designed in a specifically military style. The collection is made out of stainless steel and sapphire crystals. The design emphasizes functionality and clear readability and features high water resistance, bezel with reverse-rotation prevention functions and anti-reflection crystal treatment.

The Arctos Black Wave, named after the 1953 NATO BLACK-WAVE military exercise in the Mediterranean, is a premium Nato field collection rendered in stunning black – the stainless steel bracelet and the case are black PVD coated. PVD is a special metalworking technique of rendering a case in deep black, that prevents reflection from light, thus discovery of Special Forces dues to reflection. Watches rendered in PVD black are unique both for military and general use.

The Arctos SEKM are a combination of extreme durability and functionality. Some of the defining features of this collection are the integrated automatic Helium release valve and water-resistance for up to 2000m (6600 feet). The watches have a clear legibility under water during daylight and at night. SEKM is an abbreviation for the German “Spezialisierten Einsatzkraften der Marine” – Special Marine Forces. The Arctos Elite watches are engineered to withstand even the most extreme underwater conditions and are powered by Swiss automatic movements.


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.