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.


Very Rare Vintage 18K Gold Minerva Chronograph Men Watch 1930s
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Very Rare Minerva Villeret 1858 M132000 Chronograph 18K Gold Anniversary Watch
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Vintage Minerva Chronograph Chrono Two Register Military Dial VALJOUX 22
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Minerva 140th Anniversary Watch 43mm RARE
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RARE VINTAGE MENS ROSE GOLD MINERVACHRONOGRAPH2 REG17JSERVICEDFANCY LUGS
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RARE SWISS WATCH MINERVA CHRONOGRAPH ORIGINAL 308S
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Mens Minerva Military Stainless Steel Back Nickel Chromium Case Original Issue
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1930 Ladies Art Deco Sapphire Diamond Minerva Bulova Watch Filigree Band
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Minerva 17j Watch Movement Works
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VINTAGE SWISS MADE SPORT STOPWATCH MINERVA CHRONOMETER ENAMEL DIAL
$49.99
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VINTAGE Swiss Made Sport Stopwatch MINERVA Chronometer Enamel Dial
$149.00
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RARE MINERVA OLD POCKET WATCH
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Vintage Minerva Zentra Sola Rectangular Wrist Watch 15J St Steel Bracelet 1930s
$149.00
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Pocket Watch Movement 5 Lot WALTHAM SOUTH BEND ELGIN MINERVA Group Parts Repair
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Vintage MINERVA WATCH Co 1960 Swiss 7 Jewels Stop Watch Perfect Just Serviced
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Minerva Yachting Swiss Stop Watch 970865 Watch Co Base Metal
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WW2 German Military Minerva Pocket Watch
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MINERVA Kriegsmarine U boat Stop Watch WWII German
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MINERVA CHRONOGRAPH POCKET WATCH EARLY 1900s
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Panerai Radiomir PAM 309 K Series Minerva Movement 47 mm Special Edition 2010
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Ladies Wrist Watch MINERVA Quartz Gold Tone Pre Owned FRESH BATTERY
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MINERVA MILITARY WATCH POCKET WATCHES SWISS ANTIQUE WWI MILITARY ERA
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EXC Minerva One Button Chronograph 1920 12J026 W
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Minerva AS 1180 17 jewels watch movement for parts
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MINERVA SWISS STOP WATCH VINTAGE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
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Vintage Minerva Watch Movement 17 Jewels
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Minerva Chronograph vintage Pocket Watch Silver Case 53 mm in diameter
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EXC Minerva Yachting Regatta chronometer 12J029 W
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6 stop watches for parts Minerva foot ball Gallet Racine Chesterfeild
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Alpina Dugena Pre WWII German Officer Military Pocket Watch Minerva 19 9 Mvmnt
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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