Karl Elsener’s cutlery factory adopted the name Victoria in honor of his mother in 1909. That same year, Elsener first registered his company's classic cross and shield logo. The firm's name was updated to Victorinox in 1921, merging the former title with “inox,” an abbreviation of the French phrase “acier inoxydable,” meaning stainless steel. From its foundations in the manufacture of folding knives, the Victorinox business grew to incorporate watchmaking in 1989.

First available in the United States, Victorinox’s Swiss Army wristwatches were modeled after traditional military timepieces, with waterproof dials, nylon bands, and composite cases. These first watches were simple in design, but quickly developed a popular following for their reasonable price and practical aesthetic.

Victorinox acquired rival watchmaker Wenger in 2005, thus absorbing the only other manufacturer of Swiss military watches. Two years later, the company opened a new factory in Porrentruy, Switzerland, to bring watch production entirely in-house; previously Victorinox designs were assembled elsewhere by subcontractors.

Today the brand is still owned by the Elsener family and is steadily expanding its series of mechanical watch designs, pushing into the high-end market with wristwatches incorporating more technical capabilities and expensive materials. For example, Victorinox Swiss Army watches are now available with diamond detailing and chronograph functions, as well as special high-performance features for deep-sea diving.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

National Watch and Clock Museum

National Watch and Clock Museum

This virtual museum, created by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, lets you stroll through tim… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Victorinox Swiss Army Officers Black Face 241358 Watch New 40mm Vintage Victorinox Swiss Army Men's Cavalry Watch 24529 Needs BatteryVictorinox Swiss Army Infantry Black 241585 Watch New 40mmVictorinox Swiss Army Alliance Large Black Dial 241474 Watch New 41mm Victorinox Chrono Classic Gm Strap Swiss Army Mens Chronograph Watch 249041Victorinox Swiss Army Watch For MenMens Watch Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph Great ConditionVictorinox Swiss Army Infantry Vintage Pvd Chronograph 241289 Watch New 44mm Nice Men's Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Ii Chronograph Date Wrist WatchVictorinox Swiss Army Watch Mens Ambassador 24150 25j Automatic Day Date W/ BoxVictorinox Chrono Classic Black Bracelet Swiss Army Men Chronograph Watch 241494Victorinox Swiss Army Men's Watch ~ Officer's Ls ~ #25581 ~ Swiss QuartzWristwatch Lot (7-watches) Swiss Army-nautica-fossil-armitron-waltham Runs!!Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision 249068 With Box And Papers Victorinox Swiss Army Wrist Watch ''brown Leather Band'' (needs Battery)Swiss Army Date Display White Dial Black Leather Vintage Men's Watch V2524122mm Ammo Swiss Handmade Leather Watch Strap Army,with Some ImperfectionsMen's Victorinox Swiss Army Quartz Watch Date Stainless SteelVictorinox Swiss Army Men's 241314 Infantry Chronograph Black Dial Leather WatchWenger Genuine Swiss Army Military Mens Brienze Sport 3 Chronograph Watch - $375Nice Mens Victorinox Swiss Army Watch 241362 No ReserveSwiss Army Wrist Watch Manual Winding MilitarySwiss Army WatchVictorinox Chrono Swiss Army Mens Watch 26000.cb Black Dial & Knife Gift Set NibVictorinox Men's Swiss Army Watch With Leather Band And Date New BatteryWenger Genuine Swiss Army Quartz Stainless Steel Men's WristwatchVictorinox Swiss Army WatchVictorinox Swiss Army Men's 241287 Infantry Vintage Ss Leather BandRolex Swiss Army Knife - New In BoxVictorinox Swiss Army Air Boss Automatic WatchSwiss Army Officer's 24645Vintage Swiss Army Watch Bold NumbersVictorinox Swiss Army Women's $425 Stainless Steel Black Dial Watch, Date 241417New In Box Wenger Mens 60.0741.102 Stainless Steel Swiss Army Watch White FaceWenger Victorinox Chrono Zurich Bk Strap Swiss Army Mens Chronograph Watch 79265Victorinox Swiss Army Vivante Ladies Pink Dial Ss Watch 241169 Stainless Analog Victorinox Swiss Army Stainless Steel Military Dial Mens WatchVictorinox Swiss Army Watch Swiss Made Water Resistant To 100 Meters Rare Victorinox 31mm 100m Nos Swiss Army Woman's Watch For RepairVintage Swiss Army Cavalry Watch And Card HolderMen's Watch Victorinox Swiss Army 24hr With Date Luminescent Hands Stainless Victorinox Swiss Army Mens V7-12 Chronograph Watch Victorinox Swiss Army 241409 Summit Xlt Gray/yellow Dial Chronograph WatchOmikron Mechanical Swiss Watch, 1970. Year Army Movement Ut 6325 WehrmachtswerkSwiss Army Wrist Watch Water Resistant 330 Feet Swiss Made Used Works No BandVintage Swiss Army Wrist Watch #3888 1000 Ft. Water ResistantVictorinox Swiss Army Alliance Chronograph Ladies Mop White Leather Watch 2413216 Piece Lot Men's Watches - Hamilton, Swiss Army, Osirock, Casio Mt-g, Etc.Men's Swiss Army Blue Dial Date Victorinox Stainless Steel Wristwatch In Box Ultra Rare Swiss Ladie's Wenger Swiss Army 093-0600 Date Watch With Tritium Dial Swiss Army Men's Watch W/date & Red BezelSwiss Army WatchVictorinox Swiss Army Women's $425 Stainless Steel, Black Dial Watch 241367Swiss Army Alliance 241324Lot Of 3 Ladies Watches - Esq, Swiss Army, Skagen - $1 NrBrand New Victorinox Swiss Army Alpnach Auto Chronograph Watch 241572 Msrp $2395Victorinox Renegade By Swiss Army Quartz Analog Date Watch Womens Victorinox Swiss Army WatchUsed S.a.w. Sport Swiss Army Watch W/toprol Xl Logo On ReverseVictorinox Swiss Army Inox Blue Dial Men's Watch 241688.1