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.


Minerva Stop Watch Swiss Made 30 Second Circa 1978 w 30 second sweep hand
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Vintage 1950s Swiss MINERVA 2 Reg Chronograph Mens Watch Pristine Condition
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RARE Minerva Fliegerchronograph 1930s Single Pusher Pilots Chrono 46mm Watch
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Minerva pocket watch chronograph calibre Minerva CH 19
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MINERVA CHRONOGRAPH CALIBER 13 20 CH
$1,750.00
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Swiss Minerva WWII German Army 1939 1945 Mechanical Watch Black Scale
$169.00
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Montblanc Villeret Minerva Polishing Gloves
$50.00
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MINERVA CHRONOGRAPH VD 712 STEEL VINTAGE RARE WATCH FULLY SERVICED
$3,627.63
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Rare Big Military Chronograph MINERVA Swiss Wristwatch Steel Case Aviator Pilots
$999.00
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Vintage Minerva Chronograph 18k sold gold Cal 20ch
$2,995.00
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Vintage Mens Minerva 2 Register Chronograph Wristwatch Cal 13 20
$1,573.00 (25 Bids)
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German military Minerva watch EDELSTAHL 1170
$219.00
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Panerai PAM519 Radiomir Minerva Chronograph 18k RG 45mm Brown Dial 58500 BNIB
$39,700.00
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Minerva Vintage Oversized Monopusher Chronograph
$2,600.00
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Rare Steel Minerva Ref 1335 Chronograph
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MINERVA CHRONOGRAPH LUFTWAFFE PILOTS WWII VINTAGE 1939 1945 SWISS MENS WATCH
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Vintage Rare Minerva Antimagnetic Military Cal 49 Sweep Second 31mm Steel Watch
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FANTASTIC 18 K SOLID GOLD LARGE 40s VINTAGE MINERVA CHRONOGRAPH OVERHAULED 20 CH
$2,850.00
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Vintage Minerva 19 9CH Chronograph Complete Movement Solid Silver 52mm Case
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Rare Vintage Minerva Caliber 48 manual wind 18K GF case from 1950
$675.00
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Minerva 1940s Mens Chronograph Valjoux 22
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Vintage MINERVA German Military Wrist Watch Fine S S Case WW2 ca1939
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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
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Vintage Minerva Stop Watch 7 jewels Works
$40.00
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rare Vintage Minerva swiss Yacht Timer
$300.00
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Vintage Minerva Chronograph Chrono Two Register Military Dial VALJOUX 22
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Vintage MINERVA Pilot Military Wrist Watch Cal49 Sweep Seconds late 1940
$790.00
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VINTAGE MINERVA POCKET WATCH TIMER
$75.00
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Minerva Bulova 14K Solid Rose Gold Art Deco Watch Diamond Sapphire Swiss
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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