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.


Rare watch MINERVA chrono cal 210 Angelus
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MINERVA CHRONOGRAPH VD 712 STEEL VINTAGE RARE WATCH FULLY SERVICED
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RARE Minerva Fliegerchronograph 1930s Single Pusher Pilots Chrono 46mm Watch
$2,850.00
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WATCH MINERVA D572389H
$350.00
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MINERVA WATER PROOF SHOCK ABSORVER WATCH WORKS FINE SWISS 17 JEWELS
$420.00
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Very Rare Vintage 18K Gold Minerva Chronograph Men Watch 1930s
$3,999.00
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Vintage Minerva Handwind Single Button Chronograph Mechanical Mens Wrist Watch
$2,250.00
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German military Minerva watch EDELSTAHL 1170
$700.00
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Vintage Minerva Chronograph 18k sold gold Cal 20ch
$2,995.00
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WONDERFUL HOMAGE WATCH LuftwaffeObservers watch style Chronograph Minerva
$1,500.00
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Fantastic Vintage Minerva watch Pythagore
$499.00
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Fantastic Vintage Minerva watch Pythagore
$700.00
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MINERVA Military Pilot Wristwatch Sweep Second 1930s
$300.00
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FANTASIC LARGE 18 K SOLID GOLD VINTAGE 1940 MINERVA CHRONOGRAPH WATCH OVERHAULED
$2,850.00
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Vintage Men Wristwatch MINERVA Swiss Silver Mesh Bracelet Working waterproof
$575.12
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Rare Big Military Chronograph MINERVA Swiss Wristwatch Steel Case Aviator Pilots
$1,299.00
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Vintage Minerva Chronograph Chrono Two Register Military Dial VALJOUX 22
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Vintage Minerva 19 9CH Chronograph Complete Movement Solid Silver 52mm Case
$399.99
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Vintage MINERVA German Military Wrist Watch Fine S S Case WW2 ca1939
$890.00
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minerva watch 140th anniversary venus175
$9,400.00
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Rare Vintage Minerva Caliber 48 manual wind 18K GF case from 1950
$675.00
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Minerva vintage chronograph triple date Valjoux 723 same as 72c
$2,900.00
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Vintage MINERVA Pilot Military Wrist Watch Sweep Second late 1930s
$750.00
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Panerai Radiomir 47 mm PAM 309 Special Edition Minerva Movement
$22,500.00
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Vintage Minerva Zentra Sola Rectangular Wrist Watch 15J St Steel Bracelet 1930s
$275.00
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MINERVA WEHRMACHT GERMAN ARMY WWII VINTAGE 1939 1945 SWISS ORIGINAL Mens WATCH
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MINERVA D H WEHRMACHT GERMAN ARMY WWII VINTAGE 1939 1945 SWISS ORIGINAL WATCH
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Panerai Radiomir Titanium PAM 322 K Series Special Edition Minerva 47mm Titanium
$15,495.00
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Minerva Stop Watch in original box Works Good 1940s
$44.95
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18k Solid Gold FullSize Omega Fab Suisse Pocket Watch W GFchain Owl Minerva
$899.98
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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