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 Military Chronograph Tachymeter Sapphire VgcVictorinox Swiss Army Watch Leather Band Water Resistant JewelryVictorinox Swiss Army Automatic 25 Jewel Wristwatch Mens W/box Clean (bell401)Men's Victorinox Swiss Army Quartz Chronograph 241151 Brown Dial Dress WatchMen's Victorinox Swiss Army Watch Scout ModelVictorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Sports WatchVictorinox Swiss Army Odyssey Vip-stainless Steel Moon-phase Extremely RareVictorinox Swiss Army Men's 241441 Maverick Gs Dual Time Analog Quartz Watch Victorinox Swiss Army Men's Chronograph Swiss Titanium Watch W/ BoxVictorinox Swiss Army Men's Infantry Vintage Watch White Dial Luminous 241293Victorinox Swiss Army WatchVictorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Automatic Titanium Limited Edition Boxed Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Chronograph Brown Leather Strap Watch 241480Swiss Army $975 Men's Black Dial Date Chrono Black Ion Ssteel Watch 241289 *Men's Watch Victorinox Swiss Army With Date 24 Hr Dial Stainless Steel MilitaryVictorinox Swiss Army Classic Alliance Men's Quartz Watch 241297 New Return Swiss Army Green Dial 38mm Stainless Steel Quartz Watch 3888Nice Rare Swiss Army Mens Quartz Knife Hands 50m Wrist Watch Men's Swiss Army Victorinox Renegade Quartz Watch 24228 Mint Condition Mens Victorinox Swiss Army Xl Titanium Active Convoy Chronograph 241161 Victorinox Swiss Army Alpnach Automatic Steel Mens Watch 25 Jewels Date 241197 Swiss Made Swiss Military Army 2824-2 Automatic Men Watch Swiss Army Brand Watch W/box & Booklet -new Cond.-marlboro- 1st In The SeriesSwiss Army Wenger Wristwatch # 093.0600Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph Watch Carbon Dial Top Quality Eta 27 JewelsVictorinox Swiss Army Alliance ChronographVictorinox Swiss Army Infantry Black Dial Steel Mens Watch 241585 Very Rare Men's Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Pro Mechanical Watch 241194Rare!htf Original Swiss Army 166ft.water Resistant Black Band.dive/beach Watch!Original Swiss Army Men's Stainless Steel Wrist WatchSwiss Army Watch Wenger Sak Design Women's - New BatteryUsed Not Working Victorinox Swiss Army Men's Watch Rare Blue Swiss Army Brand Men's Sport-casual Quartz Watch: All Stainless / Swiss MadeSwiss Army Wrist Watches Lot Of 3. Sport Leather Rubber Bands Need BatteriesVictorinox Swiss Army Men's Quartz Chrono Classic 241122 WatchSwiss Army H2o Date Mens Watch Black Silicon BandVictorinox Swiss Army Watch 26071 Cb Mens Nib Date Stainless 100 Meter Water ResSwiss Army Men's Black Casual Watch With Black Canvas Leather Band 900802275Swiss Army Cavalry Watch - Small Womens Watch Black With Black FaceVintage New In Box Swiss Army Lancer Watch. Look .99 No Reserve!! Superb " Swiss Army " Military Styled Gents S/s Quartz Wrist Watch Classic Swiss Army Mens Ss Round Automatic Date # 00433 Watch $1Classic Swiss Army Mens Ss Round Arrowhead Dial Automatic Date Watch $1Mens Watch: Swiss ArmySwiss Army Watch With Date Victorinox Swiss Army Watch Model# 24001Swiss Army Victorinox Striker Watch Mens MilitaryVictorinox Swiss Army Men's Infantry Watch 24654 For Parts Or RepairLot Of 10 Watches Swiss Army Timex Ironman Espirit Peyote Bird Disney MickeySwiss Army Maverick Ll 24135 Men's Watch Stainless Steel Black VictorinoxSwiss Army Watch (new Battery)Victorinox Swiss Army Ladies Cavalry Wrist Watch Pre-ownedVtg Men's Watch Lot~princeton 17 Jewels~belforte~swiss Army Marlboro~casio~dodgeVintage Swiss Army Watch Lot Citizen Ecodrive Victorinox "swiss Army" Men's 10-atm Quartz Wristwatch-running! Awesome!!Vintage? Mens Swiss Army Watch W/leather Band, Not Working,battery? Repair PartsBlack Swiss Army Watch New Victorinox Swiss Army Watch Dive Master Unisex Quartz 241557 Msrp $795.00!!!Nib Victorinox Mens Swiss Army Watch 241083 Garrison Collect. Brown Leather BandWomen's Wenger Swiss Army Watch #72924 (7292x) Black Leather Band Nib Nwt $150.