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'Glashutte' is the German equivalent of Swiss Made. IE: 50% of the watch value/work etc. must occur in Germany. It does not guarantee 100% German manufacture but it's the closest at this time. The company also has to be based in Glashutte!

Nomos got pulled up when the new version of the company was launched in that they didn't adhere to the 50% ruling and had to invest heavily in manufacturing and development to qualify for the Glashutte label. Muhle use all ETA movements and claimed to be 'Glashutte' but Nomos felt this did not embody the meaning of Glashutte and dragged them through the courts, Nomos won. Muhle still use ETA but they are now re-worked in Glashutte to comply AFAIK.

Some of the Glashutte companies include: Nomos, Lange, GO, Bruno Sohnle, Wempe, Muhle, Tutima, Union....

The likes of SINN, Damasko, Stowa etc can also claim to be German made despite using Swiss movements, some question though if the likes of Riedenschild are really 'German made'.
 

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I guess it all depends on how one defines what is made up of a 'German' watch or 'Glashutte' watch.

In the world we lived today where the line of boundaries are now blurred, I don't think we can find a watch brand/manufacture that is truly 100% made in the country of origin. (Well, maybe one of two). That is to say, EVERY piece of the watch including its straps and accessories are made in the country of origin.

This movement is no longer feasible economically speaking as well.

Hence, I would still think Glashutte Original, Union Glashutte are German Brands.

However, I do find it rather distasteful when a brand is said to be from that country, but its HQ and workshops are based in other countries. In any case, the minds of most human beings are often influenced by marketing activities.

On a side note, I think that Glashutte brands/watches have more room for development as compared to their Swiss counterparts, given the number of luxury/mechanical watch manufactures in the latter. I am pretty sure we will see more up and coming watch manufacture from various parts of Germany.
 

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Feel free to advise Tim or myself of any updates to this list and descriptions. I'll be re-checking this list as well in the next while! :thumbup1: Just received a Tutima catalogue and Montblanc catalogue in the mail. No pricing info though. :sad:
 
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