In April 1767, Grand Duke Karl Friedrich of Baden laid the groundwork
for the development of the watch industry in Pforzheim, Germany.
Already by that time, more than 240 years ago, the early foundation
of the watch and jewelry industry had taken place, with the construction
of a watch factory housed in an orphanage. He wanted to give the
orphans the opportunity for economical independence by teaching them
a valuable trade.
Pforzheim's worldwide importance as the center of the German watch
and jewelry business was established by the beginning of the 20th
Ickler founded the Ickler family business in 1924. He had previously
worked as head of the manufacturing department for foreign companies.
With this treasure of experience, he founded his own watch case manufacture.
In 1947, his two sons rebuilt production, which had lay fallow during
Today the company is managed by the third-generation
Ickler manufactures premiere quality watches and watch cases, made to
the highest quality standards, for a demanding international clientele
- all made in Germany.
The cases are crafted in-house, from solid blocks of stainless steel,
pure titanium or 18 carat gold. The highly experienced employees use
the latest high tech CNC machinery, which is guaranteeing ultimate precision.
When it comes to polishing the surfaces, assembling parts and complete
watches, and thorough quality control, Ickler relies on the careful human
The LIMES brand
Ickler started making private label watches in 1990. With a desire
to contribute their decades of experience in the watch industry,
they began planning the LIMES brand a few years later.
With a fascination for fine, mechanical watches crafted mainly
by hand, the concept was born: High quality mechanical movements
combined with top grade Ickler made cases.
The LIMES collection includes the elegant Pharo family, the sporty
Endurance time pieces and exclusive lady's watches.
The ARCHIMEDE brand
With beginning of the new millennium planning and designing of
the ARCHIMEDE started. In 2003, the first models came on to the
Soon it became clear that the basic model ARCHIMEDE Pilot' with
it's excellent price relation would be very successfull. With different
case sizes, versions of dials, automatic and chronograph movements,
the 'Pilots' have found many customers all around the world. Also
the other families of ARCHIMEDE like SportTaucher, Klassik, Vintage and
OutDoor are very popular.
Each watch made by Ickler is continuously quality controlled along every
step of the manufacturing process. From turning and milling, to polishing
and assembling of the multi-part cases, from the mounting of the movements,
dials and hands, to the final quality check. Every time piece is thoroughly
tested before it leaves the factory, and carries an international two
Limes and Archimede watches will accompany its wearer for decades and
each gaze upon the watch should be a pleasant moment. That's why the
designers of Ickler renounce stylish trends in the design and put such
great emphasis on valuable classic and premiere quality.