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Re: Balmer Watches - what's the connection?
Posted by: William Balmer (ID *****4977) Date: July 04, 2009 at 07:47:23
In Reply to: Re: Balmer Watches - what's the connection? by Jim Balmer of 465

Hi Jim,

Yes, I've seen them. And there seems to be a wide variety of opinions on the subject. Some lump the Balmer watches in with other brands that are obvious scams, others say they are better than that but dispute the "Swiss Made" marking, and others still say they are the exception in this group and seem to be decent watches, legitimately Swiis Made, albeit with highly inflated list prices. I tend to fall into the last camp (starry-eyed optimist?). I have owned and worn daily a Balmer watch for well over a year, and it has taken a beating and performed perfectly, so at least I can attest that it's not pure junk.

Nevertheless, for our purposes here, I'm curious about the origin of the name. In other words, WAS there someone named Balmer connected with the brand, or did the makers just draw a Swiss name out of a hat to lend the brand the correct flavor? I'm especially interested in the answer because, contrary to most Balmers I see on this board, my family actually does originate in the area around Neuchatel, and I have yet to track down my modern-day relatives there.

Thanks for bumping the thread!

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