Winton Watch Company
The Winton Watch Company
The Winton Watch Company is a British brand that is inspired by unsung British pioneers and adventurers, and takes its name from Alexander Winton - the British engineer who was a pioneer in the automotive industry, but has been largely overlooked by history.
All Winton watches are automatic (using Ronda and ETA movements) and handmade in Switzerland in limited in numbers. The first two models – the Anning and Swan – are named after unsung British pioneers – Mary Anning, whose critical role in the study of palaeontology in the early nineteenth century has only become clear in recent years, and Sunderland-born Joseph Swan, an early developer of lightbulbs and owner of the first home in the world to be illuminated by electricity.
There was a previous Winton watch brand, with a trademark used in commerce since May 01, 1919. It was originally owned by “Hipp. Didisheim Company, Inc.” in New York, NY.
Didisheim also owned the trademark Nassau; the trademarks (and Didisheim’s business) were transferred around 1940 (?) to a company “L. Adels Company”, New York, NY. Said company was owned by Louis Adels. Adels owned the trademarks SLEDA (used since April 1925), ELBON (used since September 1927) and LACO (since 1922); LACO is the abbreviation of “Louis Adels COmpany” and isn’t to be mistaken with the German trademark “Laco” of LAner & CO”. Foundation of L. Adels Company probably was around 1922.
Louis Adels sold his watches under his several brands, mainly under “Winton”, “Elbon”, “Nassau” and “LACO”, but also “Marc Nicolet” branded watch was sold by Adels/Winton Watch Co. Adels had an ad in Swiss Watch Magazine “La Féderation Horlogère Suisse” of 13. June 1934.
Winton watch movements were quality movements made by well-known Swiss makers of the Èbauches SA Group, namely by A.Schild, Aurore, ETA, Felsa, Fontainemelon and Unitas. Only the caliber 523 was made by a non-Swiss company, namely German company Durowe (Durowe 202).