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.


VINTAGE MINERVA MEN WATCH GOLD PLATED HAND WINDING RUNNING 16 JEWELS
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Minerva military wristwatch nickel chromiun case load manual original dial
$330.00
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Very Rare Vintage 18K Gold Minerva Chronograph Men Watch 1930s
$3,999.00
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Rare Big Military Chronograph MINERVA Swiss Watch PILOTS WW II
$1,499.00
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Vintage 18K SOLID GOLD MINERVA CHRONOGRAPH Wristwatch BOMBE LUGS
$2,899.00
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MINERVA PYTHAGORE caliber 49 in Rose Gold Plated Vintage Mens collectable
$2,850.00
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MINERVA VILLARET CHRONOGRAPH 18K YELLOW GOLD
$14,988.88
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Rare Minerva manual wind 16 jewels 1940 1950 period
$299.00
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RARE VINTAGE MENS ROSE GOLD MINERVACHRONOGRAPH2 REG17JSERVICEDFANCY LUGS
$3,799.69
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Vintage Minerva Mechanical 18k Solid Rose Gold 33mm Fancy Lugs Spider Case Watch
$1,199.99
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50s Minerva Three Registers Shock Absorber Stainless Steel Men Chronograph
$2,999.99
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Minerva 140th Anniversary Watch 43mm RARE
$11,900.00
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VINTAGE MINERVA 3 REG CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH V 72 S STL
$2,750.00
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Vintage ART DECO 1930 Bulova Minerva emerald ladies watch filigree band RUNS
$390.00
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MINERVA WATCH
$230.00
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Minerva chronograph military black dial
$2,200.00
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Panerai Radiomir PAM 309 K Series Minerva Movement 47 mm Special Edition 2010
$23,500.00
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Minerva Lathin 14k Solid gold Vintage 30s TANK style watch 17 Jewels Mechanical
$1,212.99
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Minerva AS 1180 17 jewels watch movement for parts
$40.00
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Vintage Minerva Patent Stop Watch
$31.99
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EXC Minerva Antique Pocket Watch 12J024 W
$1,090.00
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Minerva Bieri Ancre vintage mens watch Swiss made 40s 50s nice lugs shockprotect
$25.04 (6 Bids)
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Vintage Minerva Zentra Sola Rectangular Wrist Watch 15J St Steel Bracelet 1930s
$199.00
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Vintage Minerva RFV 11 Jewel Mechanical Wind Chronograph Pocket Watch Movement
$15.50 (8 Bids)
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Panerai PAM 300 Mare Nostrum Chronograph Minerva Movement Special Edition of 99
$48,000.00
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Ladies Wrist Watch MINERVA Quartz Gold Tone Pre Owned FRESH BATTERY
$35.00
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Minerva X fine pocket Chronograph movement for repair parts
$6.50 (4 Bids)
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Minerva vintage chronograph triple date valjoux 723 same as 72c
$2,400.00
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EXC Minerva Chronograph P Watch 535 mm 12J020 W
$1,090.00
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Vintage Minerva Watch Co Stopwatch Timer Wind Up Swiss 1 10 Second 15 Minute
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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