Famous watchmakers

Ulysse Nardin

1823 - 1876

Ulysse Nardin

Swiss chronometer-maker.

A precursor, with Louis Richard and Henri Grandjean, of marine chronometer manufacturing in Switzerland.

On his death, the company was taken over by his son, Paul-David, who specialised production in high-precision marine chronometers and ultra-thin watches.

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The Ulysse Nardin company is specialised in pocket and marine chronometers, minute-repeater watches and grande complication watches.


He was awarded Britain's highest distinction for watchmaking, the Prize Medal, at the 1862 International Exhibition in London, in the "complicated watches and pocket chronometers" category.