Top 20 Swiss Chronometer Watch Brands: Rolex Leads the Pack


Omega held onto its position as the second biggest chronometer producer. Its number of certificates, 526,046, was up
3.3 percent over the year before. Omega maintained its sizeable lead over Breitling, the consistent third-place brand.

Omega Constellation Chronometer
As in past years, Omega was the second biggest chronometer producer.

Breitling for its part was steady, receiving only slightly more certificates, 156,773, than in the year before. However, that figure is more than double the output of the brand directly behind it.

Mido ranked fourth for a second year in a row. It received 24 percent more certificates than it had in 2011, reaching 61,358.

The biggest jump on the 2012 list is Tissot, which made a dramatic step up to five-digit chronometer production. In 2012 Tissot received 49,625 certificates — a leap of 717 percent over 2011. Tissot has risen quickly through the ranks: now at number five on the list, it was in 27th place in 2010. Tissot’s surge puts it ahead of Panerai (#6) and Chopard (#7). Both Panerai and Chopard received fewer certificates in 2012, decreasing by 17 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

TAG Heuer, historically a strong producer of chronometers, returned to the list in 2012 after de-emphasizing chronometers over the past few years. Although TAG had received more than 70,000 certificates in 2009, the number fell to 559 in 2011. In 2012 TAG earned 2,605 certificates.

19 Responses to “Top 20 Swiss Chronometer Watch Brands: Rolex Leads the Pack”

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  1. shane kirby

    Before placing the COSC certification on its owm pedestal, take a moment to identify the autonomy of the Association. As I recall, the COSC was tasked with certifying water meters and the integrity of pre WW I water systems and pipes. BEFORE YOU CONCLUDE THE ROLEX WATCHES THAT CARRY THE SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER DESIGNATION, TAKE ANY ROLEX AND SEE HOW MANY MINUTES ANY ROLEX LOSES (OR GAINS) IN 24 HOURS. I OWN SEVERAL COSC CERTIFIED ROLEX CHRONOGRAPHS, SEVERAL GMT’S AND 4 DIFFERENT SUBMARINERS AND A BRAND NEW EXPLORER AND NOT ONE KEEPS ACCURATE TIME. THE FACT IS WE DONT PURCHASE NOR OWN A ROLEX FOR THE COSC RUBBER STAMP. WE OWN A ROLEX BECAUSE IT TELLS US THE TIME, BUT IT TELLS EVERYONE ELSE THE WEARER HAS STYLE EVEN WHEN HE IS RUNNING LATE

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    • Minutes? REALLY? I have two Rolexes, A GMT Master II and a Two Tone Submariner. The Sub runs About ONE SECOND Fast in 24 hours and the GMT about TWO SECONDS Fast.

      If yours are running MINUTES Fast, You Need To Get Them SERVICED. I have NEVER Even Heard Of A Rolex (Any Model) Running MINUTES Fast.

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  2. Henry Hannah

    If Rolex has a significantly higher pass rate at one testing facility than others it would appear all is not on the level. Rolex is also using chronometer certification as a advertising ploy and being the largest seller seems to place them in a manner of control of COSC. I have noticed that Rolex lists some watches as “Superlative Officially Certified Chronometer”, but there is only a pass/fail test on chronometers, so Rolex does not have a “superlative” certification, but merely a certification by COSC. It appears Rolex is “puffing” their watch without giving any value for the “puffing.”

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    • GradyPhilpott

      Nothing in your post is anywhere near the truth. Talk about puffing. Will I correct you? No. Do your own research, but I suspect you’d rather lie.

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  3. Emmanuel Omale

    Where is Eliz brand of watches produced?
    Is Eliz watch a Swiss made watch?

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  4. Wayne Binfield

    I have poly-arthritis and cannot wear a wrist watch anymore. Who makes a good waterproof, shockproof, day date chronograph in a pocket watch? Can anyone help?

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  5. I must say, my favorite brand is omega, not only because is the “james bond watch” (it was rolex in the past), but because of the style that comes with it. I also like rado for it’s simplicity.

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  6. Dean Grant Baker

    cosc means NOTHING.

    rolex has admitted in print, in your own magazine in the past, that they see it as NOTHING but a marketing ploy [for suckers.]

    a $125USD Timex with a Chinese Seagull BEATS cosc standards.
    Easily.
    [and shall we talk about the ‘new’ laser timed $30USD SWATCH ebauches?]
    especially when a manufacture adds about 250USD+ to the msrp for a cosc cert.

    ANYBODY that gives ANY credence to a cosc certificate knows NOTHING about horology and that’s a FACT.

    P.S.
    just how many of those 700K+ ebauches that Rollie sends to cosc are new old stock being sent for testing for the second and third time or more.

    P.P.S.
    can you explain why Rolex has such a high ‘PASS’ rate at one cosc centre, the canton in which Rolex presides; whilst they have spectacular ‘FAIL/RETURN’ rates from the other two testing centres, which are located OUTSIDE of the forementioned canton?? [as reported, in the past, in your own magazine]

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    • GradyPhilpott

      Anyone who calls a Rolex a “Rollie” knows nothing of Rolex. Yes, Rolex uses COSC certification for marketing and why shouldn’t they, but Rolex has always held their watches to a higher standard that COSC standards and now after the movements have been certified by COSC, Rolex certifies the housed movements to a +2/-2 standard. You need to do some research to correct your blather.

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  7. Art Imhoff

    Rolex is far and away in a league of its own! Omega and Breitling are just an afterthought.

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