Sometime in the late 1670s, a Swiss man by the name of Daniel Jeanrichard (1665-1741) got hold of a broken English watch. Interested in everything mechanical, he took it apart to see how it worked.
In 1681, he created his own watch and eventually started his own factory in the small town Le Locle. This town became the birthplace of several Swiss watchmakers and established the Swiss watch as one of the best known Swiss export goods. The watch brand Jeanrichard still exists to this day.
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