Montres Charmex SA

Montres Charmex SA


The original SWISS MILITARY™ and CX SWISS MILITARY WATCH™ timepieces are manufactured by Montres Charmex SA. The history of Montres Charmex SA goes as far back as 1926. This was the year when Max Bürgin started his apprenticeship in one of the leading watch factories near Basel, Switzerland. His exceptional talents soon caught the attention of the management - he was promoted and eventually made head of the technical department. What he really wanted though was to have his own watch business, pursuing the traditional art of manufacturing state-of-the-art timepieces.



His dream finally came true and later on in 1989 his son Manfred Bürgin, today's President together with his wife Kathleen joined the by then prospering company. 1999 their son Frank M. Bürgin, today's CEO followed and thus continued the family's tradition. Manufacturing bespoke timepieces using but choice materials of the highest quality remains the credo of Montres Charmex SA to this very day.


Montres Charmex SA has supplied military and law enforcement units worldwide. Most recently the Singapore Armed Forces, the Close Protection Unit of the UN troops in the Kosovo, the SEK SWAT team of Cologne, Germany and the police of Zürich, Switzerland were equipped with our watches



These professionals rely on our products because we do NOT COMPROMISE - our watches stand for the highest quality and are tested both in the laboratory and under real life conditions. We manufacture TOOLS, NOT TOYS and our World Record holding model 20'000 FEET is a Guinness Book of World Records recognized tribute to this statement. All our timepieces are Swiss Made, at least 200m water resistant, they all have sapphire crystals and screw-down crowns




Our R&D partners, the IFM-Geomar Institute, University of Kiel/Germany, the Oceanography Institute of the University Southampton/United Kingdom and several others help us to achieve these goals



Our Brand Ambassadors are professional themselves and have tested our watches in some extreme conditions: Fuat Kent, professional dive instructor with Greenpeace; Dr. Eric Heiden, Olympic gold medalist; Dr. Lee spence, underwater archeologist and discoverer of the "Hungley"; Jim Littlefield, former Green Beret and law enforcement personnel instructor; Col. Evgeny Khrushchev. retired colonel Sovjet Armed Forces. We rely on their vast experience - an experience which allows us to come up with the sturdiest watches available on the market today