Best of Web • 07 Nov 2018

History of the Geneva Seal – 90’s Renaissance


The revival of the Geneva Seal during the 1990s is noticeable from a perusal of the watch inspection statistics, which indicate a general upwards trend in the total number of certifications. The latter rose from 7,004 in 1990 to an absolute record of 32,997 in 2001. The Timelab foundation, the governing body that has been inspecting watches and awarding certifications since 2010, does not release figures after 2002. However, according to statements made to the press, the number of seals has continued to rise, numbering around 30,000 in 2009 and 26,500 in 2011.

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