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Founded in the nineteen-twenties, an important era for the Swiss watchmaking industry, Delma’s avant-garde early days set the pace for its future. A new type of watch rose in importance: the wristwatch. By the early 20th century military soldiers began wearing their pocket-watches on a fitted wrist strap. The practicality was observed by early aviators and soon the wristwatch became popular in daily life for its convenience as well as style.

The change in fashion was revolutionary for watchmakers and required them to drastically modify production. Brothers, Albert & Adolf Gilomen, recognized this as an ideal moment to enter the industry. In 1924 they founded their own watch company in their hometown, Lengnau, Switzerland between Grenchen and Biel. Horology was relatively new to the city but they saw its potential being ideally situated in the middle of the Swiss watch production region. There was a watchmaking school nearby that granted access to skilled craftsmen. Equally, there were established independent furnishers that guaranteed a supply of all the necessary components.
 
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