Zodiac Watches is a now A brand of Swiss watches manufactured by Fossil, Inc.. … original name of the company was Ariste Calame and would later become Zodiac
1990 – Willy Gad Monnier, a former Tag Heuer principal, buys the Zodiac brand and modernizes all Zodiac models with a definite Tag Heuer influence and goes bankrupt in late 1997.
Neuchatel watchmaker Montres Zodiac SA declared bankruptcy. The company was founded in 1888 in Le Locle, Switzerland. According to its director, financial difficulties caused the firm to close its doors. He cited unpaid deliveries, a decrease in orders and a loss of bank credit lines a the main reasons for the brands problems. The main market for Zodiac’s products was the USA. Six people have been laid off. The firm is looking for someone to take over the brand.
Sept. 1998 – US COMPANY Genender International, Inc.[ manufactures the Smith and Wesson, Levi’s, B.U.M., inexpensive Far East watches] buys the ZODIAC inventory, all of their trademarks and registrations and other assets out of bankruptcy from the Swiss Courts. Genender also
October 2001 – Fossil Inc. purchases the Zodiac Swiss brand. Fossil AS WELL AS a letter of intent to acquire three separate companies located in Switzerland. These companies COMBINED will provide the design, sourcing and production necessary to manufacture and market Swiss-made watches.
In November 2001 Fossil completed acquisition of three companies in Bienne, Switzerland. Montres Antima SA (“Antima”), Meliga Habillement Horloger SA (“Meliga”) and Synergies Horlogeres SA, (“Synergies”) providingdesign, sourcing and production capabilities necessary to manufacture and market Swiss-made watches.
“we will not be moving forward with any styles from the current collection, instead we will be re-launching the brand with a new collection at the Basel Show in April 2002 with retail delivery in the Fall. All I can say at this time is that the collection will be Swiss made and will be comprised of 3 families: Classics, Sports and Fashion. Pricing and distribution to be determined..
Fossil Group, Inc. is an American designer and manufacturer of clothing and accessories, primarily watches and jewelry, but also sunglasses, wallets, handbags, belts, shoes and clothing, based in Richardson, Texas, United States. Their brands include Fossil, Relic, Abacus, Michele Watch, Skagen, and Zodiac Watches.Fossil also makes watches for brands such as Adidas, Emporio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Burberry, DKNY, Diesel and Armani Exchange.CEO Kosta Kartsotis own approximately 12% of Fossil stock. The company name represents the nickname the brothers had for their father. Fossil was founded in 1984 as Overseas Products International by Tom Kartsotis, a former Texas A&M University student living in Dallas from a suggestion by his older brother, Kosta Kartsotis, a merchandising executive at Sanger Harris. Kosta told his younger brother about the potential large profits that could be made in importing retail goods made in the Far East [CINA], specifically in importing moderately-priced fashion watches.Their main product was fashion watches with a retro look. In 1990, they introduced leather goods under the Fossil brand, and the Relic line of watches.
In September 2007, Fossil was accused of infringing a patent owned by Financial Innovations Systems, LLC, in a lawsuit filed in the Northern District of Texas. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount and dismissed shortly thereafter.Fossil has manufacturing facilities in China and Switzerland and distribution centers in Dallas, Germany, and Asia.In early 2013, Fossil introduced their upscale and more expensive “Fossil Swiss” line of watches which are made in Switzerland
NO SEA WOLF ON DIAL
LOOK LIKE CHINESE KNOCK OFF
February 2015 marked the return of the brand’s iconic Sea Wolf model, reissuing “vintage-inspired” versions of the 1954 model in two editions, “Skin Diver” and “Diver.” Since the depth rating on the new version of the Sea Wolf are the same as the original (200 meters/660 feet), the technical advancements come primarily in the form of the watch’s automatic movement, the Fossil Group manufactured STP 1-11 (Swiss Technology Production 1-11); housing 26 jewels with 44-hour power reserve.
GIVE ME THE VINTAGE