WOLBROOK WATCHES STORY
with American roots and French flair.
- From 1949 -
WATCHMAKING SINCE 1949
1949 - THE FIRST TOOL-WATCH
Ref. 358W2825 - WATERPROOF watch in all stainless-steel case, shockproof, 17 jewel Wolbrook movement, Large sweep second hand, luminous figures and hands. Matching combination mesh expansion band.
- 1950s -
1954 - SHOCK-RESISTANT WATCHES
“Balance staff and mainspring guaranteed never to break”.
1955 - THE TOOL-WATCH WORN BY TEST PILOTS AND ENGINEERS
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Photo Credit & Source: LIFE & TIME
THE WATCHMAKING "FRENCH CONNECTION"
At the end of the 1950s, Wolbrook and Douglas start to produce watches in France to take advantage of the French watchmaking know-how.
1959 - ROULETTE DATE DISK AND CYCLOPS
- 1960s -
This mix of features from a diving watch and a pilot watch makes it the kind of tool-watch a NASA engineer and test pilot would choose and operate.
SKINDIVER WT PROFESSIONAL OVERVIEW
A SPECIAL TOOL-WATCH
A Douglas Skindiver “Worldtimer” from the 1960s, owned and worn by Neil Armstrong, the legendary test pilot, astronaut and engineer, was auctioned in 2019 and its authenticity was confirmed
As many pilots, astronauts or regular men and women through the 1960s and 1970s owning a personal, extra back-up watch on top of your standard issued time instrument was common sense and practice.
A test pilot flies countless aircrafts through his career. The fact that his Skindiver accompanied him in a cockpit is highly probable but which one is impossible to know and leaves a part of mystery...
Discover the re-edition of this tool-watch: Skindiver WT Professional Tool-Watch - X-15 Limited Edition
Photo Credit & Source: Heritage Auction
SKINDIVER WT PROFESSIONAL TOOL-WATCH
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1960 - Suite
The Skindiver - ref 673B and the ref 674A – illustrated here with their "Tropic" rubber straps are perfect archetypes of these special tool-watches.
Discover the re-editions of the Skindiver watches:
- Skindiver Automatic (with sapphire crystal)
- Skindiver Professional (with Hesalite glass)
1960 - Suite
1967 - MECHANICAL CHRONOGRAPH
Discover Wolbrook chronographs:
1960 - Suite
THE "INCREDIBLE" WATCH
With advertising in Life, Time, and Esquire magazines, these “incredible” watches – as they were called in the headlines - were renowned for their water resistance and were in fact sold in a water-filled container.
Photo Credit & Source: Esquire
- Then the “Quartz Crisis” in the 1970s happened… -
After being asleep for 50 years, Wolbrook and Douglas have been "resurrected" in 2019 by a passionated team of watchmaking veterans, and once again these “incredible” tool-watches are assembled in France.
The adventure of Wolbrook & Douglas watches ticks once again on your wrists.