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Wempe Chronometerwerke – Precision Made in Glashütte

Own self-winding movements crown this collection of certified precision watches

Wempe Chronometerwerke wristwatch with white dial

The manufacture of a chronometer has always been one of the most challenging tasks of watchmaking. The Wempe Chronometerwerke collection looks back with pride on more than 100 years of tradition in this field. Since 2006, the observatory in the Saxon town of Glashütte hasn’t only been the place where these wristwatches are manufactured, but also where they undergo strictest checking of their rate accuracy and certification at Germany’s only chronometer-testing facility. 


»The elegant simplicity of our watches results from their precision, their beauty from their proportions.«

Bernhard Stoll, Senior Management Watches

The Five Most Important Reasons for a Watch from Wempe Chronometerwerke:

  1. DESIGN Classic design on the highest level inspired by the values of chronometer making, the most demanding discipline of watchmaking. 
  2. PRODUCTION Only movements from in-house production according to the best Glashütte tradition work inside the watches from Wempe Chronometerwerke. A power reserve of 90 hours ensures high performance.
  3. FINISHING Featuring a three-quarters plate, sunray decoration, and a hand-engraved balance cock, the movements manufactured by Wempe Chronometerwerke follow the tradition of Glashütte precision watchmaking. Made in Germany.

    Officially tested according to international chronometer standards, certified by the official testing site at Glashütte observatory.


    The only watch line in which all models are officially certified as chronometers by the German Calibration Service. Exclusively available at Wempe.

Precision and Navigation

The British Empire was the greatest empire in history. In 1921, it comprised one fourth of the earth’s surface and one third of the world population. Its development was due to a navy that ruled the oceans thanks to the ability to navigate with extreme precision. As the determination of the longitude required exact timekeeping, England had become the leading manufacturer of chronometers in the 19th century. This situation motivated the aspiring German Reich to get independent of imports from England. In 1905, local shipping companies thus founded the company Hamburger Chronometerwerke, which was taken over in 1938 by Herbert Wempe, the son of the company founder. He turned it into a success under the name Wempe Chronometerwerke. The unified chronometer, based on a construction developed by Wempe, was manufactured in collaboration with A. Lange & Söhne as well in Glashütte from 1942 on. And still nowadays Wempe equips sailing yachts and ocean liners with its ship’s clocks and time systems. 

Cradle of German Precision Watchmaking

History has come full circle now. Otto Lange from A. Lange & Söhne and Herbert Wempe had already plans to establish a joint research institute in Glashütte Observatory (built in 1910). The small town of Glashütte in the Ore Mountains near Dresden is considered as the cradle of German precision watchmaking. Wempe Glashütte i/SA started to manufacture sophisticated wristwatches equipped with its own manufacture movements in the completely renovated observatory building in 2006. Their extremely high rate accuracy is officially certified by the German Calibration Service. It is located as well in the observatory, which historically served to provide the watchmaking town of Glashütte with the exact time. 

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