Minerva Watches

In 1923 the name Minerva, goddess of farming, craftsmanship and science, appeared for the first time on the watch dials. The production of Minerva watches must have started at around that time.
Before that the factory founded by Charles-Yvan and Hippolyte Robert in Villeret in 1858 was dedicated to the assembly of watch movements from the ebauche factory in Fontainemelon and at the beginning of the 20century Minerva manufactured movements for pocket-watches.

Of the Minerva Watches, the most complex watch made by the company was produced in 1988. To celebrate 130 successful years, Minerva added to its classical #20 chronograph movement  a full analog calendar an a negative type moon phase indicator. This limited series of 50 watches features an engraved laurel wreath on the bezel or its gold case, a symbol that Minerva has used on some of its gold watches since 1933.


Mens Minerva Military Stainless Steel Back Nickel Chromium Case Original Issue
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Vintage Minerva Handwind Single Button Chronograph Mechanical Mens Wrist Watch
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WATCH MINERVA D572389H
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VINTAGE MINERVA TWO REGISTER CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH 20CH 9910
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Vintage Minerva Chronograph 18k sold gold Cal 20ch
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Vintage Minerva 19 9CH Chronograph Complete Movement Solid Silver 52mm Case
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Vintage Men Wristwatch MINERVA Swiss Silver Mesh Bracelet Working waterproof
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Rare Vintage Minerva Caliber 48 manual wind 18K GF case from 1950
$799.00
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Very Rare Vintage 18K Gold Minerva Chronograph Men Watch 1930s
$3,999.00
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rare Vintage Minerva swiss Yacht Timer
$300.00
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VINTAGE MINERVA TWO REGISTER CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH 20CH STLS STL
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Vintage MINERVA German Military Wrist Watch Fine S S Case WW2 ca1939
$890.00
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VINTAGE CHRONOGRAPH MINERVA 18K GOLD FAMOUS 13 20 CH CALIBER ORIGINAL DIAL 1940
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RARE VINTAGE MENS ROSE GOLD MINERVACHRONOGRAPH2 REG17JSERVICEDFANCY LUGS
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Vintage 1950s MINERVA Stop Watch Swiss 7 Jewels Clean Working Condition
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VINTAGE Swiss Made Sport Stopwatch MINERVA Chronometer Enamel Dial
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100 authentic very rare MINERVA chronograph watch
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Vintage Stop Watch Minerva Yachting Timer
$50.00
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Panerai Radiomir Titanium PAM 322 K Series Special Edition Minerva 47mm Titanium
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Minerva vintage chronograph triple date Valjoux 723 same as 72c
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Antique Silver Swiss Pocket Watch Minerva PMittra Co Calcutta
$35.97
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Panerai Radiomir Titanium PAM 309 K Series 47mm Titanium Minerva Special Edition
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MINERVA WEHRMACHT GERMAN ARMY WWII VINTAGE 1939 1945 SWISS ORIGINAL Mens WATCH
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Vintage Minerva Chronograph Chrono Two Register Military Dial VALJOUX 22
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Vintage Minerva SS Wrist Watch
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MINERVA D H WEHRMACHT GERMAN ARMY WWII VINTAGE 1939 1945 SWISS ORIGINAL WATCH
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Vintage MINERVA Pilot Military Wrist Watch Sweep Second late 1930s
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Vintage Minerva Zentra Sola Rectangular Wrist Watch 15J St Steel Bracelet 1930s
$275.00
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Panerai Radiomir PAM 309 K Series Minerva Movement 47mm Special Edition 2010
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RARE SWISS POCKET WATCH MINERVA CHRONOGRAPH ORIGINAL 308S
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The brothers Charles and Hyppolite Robert founded in 1858 the company "H. & C. Robert" in Villeret in the Bernese Jura, later becoming just "C. Robert" when only Charles remained. At first the firm worked as etablisseur of pocket watches, preferring movements of Fontainmelon (FHF). In 1878 the sons Charles and Georges took over the leadership of the company. From 1885 also Yvan Robert participated in the company's management. The company's name was changed to "Robert Frères Villeret" and the new logo "RFV" (with an arrow) was introduced. At the same year "Robert Frères Villeret" took part in the "Expositions universelles" in Antwerp and 1889 at the Paris World Exhibition. At both exhibitions the company won medals for their watches.

    • The company began registering brands in 1886, starting with "Mercure", adding "Minerva" in 1887, and "Ariana", "Tropic", and "Tropic" in 1898. Each had its own logo and products, and branded everything with either an "RFV" or an arrowhead logo. The arrow and Minerva brands remain to this day, though the rest have been discarded.
    • From 1895 "Robert Frères Villeret" began with the production of its own watch movements and pocket watch cases in nickel and silver version. The housing production was finished in 1931. Until the turn of the century the firm of Robert's sons was continuously restructured into a real watch manufacture.
    • The first Minerva calibre was a pocket watch movement with cylinder escapement. The company named each major movement sequentially, starting with Calibre number 1 and continuing through number 55 in the classic era. Today, the company produces numbers 15, 21, 22, 62, and 65.
    • In 1908 "Robert Frères Villeret" began with the production of chronographs and stopwatches. From 1920 the ebauche movements were gilded in the own workshop. In 1923 the brand name "Minerva" was introduced, and in 1929 the company was renamed to "Minerva SA, Villeret". In 1934 Minerva SA was taken over by Charles Haussener and Jacques Pelot. watch-wiki.net