Special Purpose Watches

Why dry-holding technology, Temperaturresistanztechnologie & Co make a watch exciting
Special purpose watches: Use watches, expedition and diver watches for technology fans
Why dry-holding technology, Temperaturresistanztechnologie & Co make a watch exciting
Innovative, technically-functional and reliable–these are the characteristics that have inspired the fans of the watch brand for years. The Frankfurt-based company builds watches for the user: from particularly pressure-proof diver watches to expedition watches to models for special units or special occupational groups. We look behind the concept of success.
“With us, the form of the function adapts.” For Lothar Schmidt, the owner of the watch brand sense, the design of his watches comes second. The exterior must be coherent, quite clear, but its main focus is on the applicability, the functionality of its clocks. Above all, there is an optimum legibility. But there are many more features that make a watch a sense of Spezialuhr.
A look at the catalogue of the Frankfurt watch manufacturer makes the heart of the technology lover beat faster. There you can read exciting things about magnetic fields and how to protect a watch from it, over-filled clocks or watches, which, thanks to a Spezialöls, even work at Arctic temperatures.
How it all started
1994, the trained mechanical engineer Lothar Schmidt took over the Frankfurt watch brand from Helmut Sinn. The pilot and blind flight instructor Sense had founded the company 1961 in Frankfurt am Main and, following his passion, specialized in navigation clocks and pilot clocks, which he had purchased in Switzerland as private label products.
Schmidt was more likely to land in the watch industry. After his studies and the subsequent Bundeswehr period, the native Saarland first worked in a mechanical engineering factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds, his wife’s hometown. Shortly thereafter, Schmidt changed–which is almost inevitable in the home of watchmaking art–into the watch industry. From 1976 he worked for five years as technical director at the Housing Factory Bräuchy in La Chaux-de-Fonds, before coming 1981 to the IWC in Schaffhausen, which was still part of the automotive supplier VDO. There he was responsible for the preparation of production and parts of the development, and later worked as an authorized officer. 1991, he also took over the production-technical structure of the movement parts production at Brand A. Long & Sons. The IWC leadership around Günter Flowers wanted a. Let Long & Sons revive after the turn. Three years later, Schmidt announced at IWC and initially switched to a freelance employee. Already 1982 he had met Helmut Sinn and since then he has been in regular contact with him. Twelve years later, on September 1, 1994, Lothar Schmidt took over the Frankfurt watch brand. He wanted to produce technical-functional clocks for the user. He had acquired the appropriate know-how for this over the years.
In the same year, the first timepiece to follow this claim was published, and one of the most important issues to date was: the magnetic field protected model 244. In addition to the magnetic field protection, the watch possessed a certificate, a shock-proof movement and a titanium casing. It was also the first watch that was produced with its own tool. The private label era was thus finished.
In addition to the development of new models, Schmidt also took over watches of his predecessor, which had proved particularly successful among customers. The Model Series 103, 140, 144 and 903, which are still part of the collection, have now been manufactured with their own tools. They received an optical fine-tuning, were technically brought up to date and gradually equipped with the sensible technologies.
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