Hans Spinnler founded a watch atelier together with his friend Henri on Freie Strasse in Basel, where they made the terminage of small watches in serial production.
After separating from his partner, Hans Spinnler and his wife Margrit set up a shop on Landskronstrasse.
A new shop with associated apartment was rented at Gasstrasse 7. Hans Spinnler does the repair work; his wife takes care of the sales. Ms. Spinnler often helps in a grocery store because her own new business cannot fully support the family. Hans Spinnler is always on the lookout for other sources of income; he receives orders for terminage work from Baden and Alsace watch companies. Thanks to his qualification as a watchmaker he takes over the repair service for various watch shops in Basel.
After the outbreak of World War II, Hans Spinnler was in active military service for a long period. During this difficult period, the company was threatened with closure; only his immense commitment prevented this from happening.
Company founder Hans Spinnler dies. His son Hans-August Spinnler, a certified watchmaker, returns from England and continues the family business.
Harald Zander joins the company as a certified watchmaker Rhabilleur.
Hans Spinnler acquires the property on Gasstrasse 7 and uses the opportunity to completely rebuild the store. Now he can offer a very attractive watch and jewellery range.
Harald Zander becomes a business partner – the company is renamed “Spinnler & Co.”.
Hans Spinnler’s son Hans Robert Spinnler successfully completes his apprenticeship as watchmaker Rhabilleur at the watchmaking school Solothurn and joins the family business.
The company is converted into a stock corporation and entered in trade register under the name “Spinnler & Zander AG”.
A second shop is opened In Rheinfelden at the Marktgasse under the direction of Harald Zander.
An atelier for large clock repairs is set up at Wattstrasse 22; This operation specializes in the restoration of antique timepieces.
The present shop on Marktplatz 11 was opened.
The store on Gasstrasse and the studio on Wattstrasse are closed.
The shop on Marktplatz 11 was continuously developed into one of the leading watch and jewellery stores in the Basel region. With over 30 brand dealerships, a vast variety of watches can be offered.
Another branch is opened at Aeschenvorstadt 36. The business unfortunately closed in 1996 after the death of Harald Zander.
Roger Schweizer, certified watchmaker Rhabilleur, joins the company.
This year is dedicated to the reconstruction of the shop at Marktplatz. The premises were completely refurbished. The installation of a gallery created additional space for the construction of a turn-of-the-century watchmaking atelier. This unique, museum-style atelier is furnished with original tools and furniture from the era.
The senior partner of the company “Spinnler & Zander AG” Hans-August Spinnler dies.
After the death of Harald Zander, Claude Rhis, his stepson, continues the business in Rheinfelden independently under the name “Rhis and Zander”.
The necessary office and studio conversion were undertaken. A watchmaker’s studio was built on the gallery. Advice and repairs can now be carried out competently in one place.
Roger Schweizer, longtime watchmaker and managing director, becomes a business partner. The company name is changed to “Chronometrie Spinnler + Schweizer AG“.
The Chronometrie Spinnler + Schweizer receives the “ultimate accolade in watchmaking” – the Rolex representation.
At the Spalenberg a long-cherished wish of the two managing directors Hans Robert Spinnler and Roger Schweizer comes true: The “Zythuus”, a small, fine, private watch museum, is brought to life in a six-hundred-year-old craftsmen house. The renovation works, in collaboration with the cultural heritage protection of Baselstadt, are harmonious and successful.
The Chronometrie Spinnler + Schweizer AG on Marktplatz celebrates 88 eventful and exciting business years.
A milestone in the company’s history with the opening of a completely new store on Basel’s Marktplatz. We are the only store in north-western Switzerland to offer four brand corners to our customers. The integration of the completely different brand worlds into our store was a challenge. The result is the new watch flagship store in Basel.
Roger Schweizer has been a partner for 20 years and since 2011 is the owner of Chronometrie Spinnler + Schweizer AG.