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A house of legend.

A Century and a Half of Tradition
watchmaker in the service of the Navy.

Clockmaker of the State Navy, of the observatory of the bureau of longitudes, geographical service
of the Army and the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts.
Since its origins in 1854, Auricoste has been closely linked to naval aviation
French. Its history gives it a special status in the world of watchmaking or beauty
and rigor of the mechanism are the key words.

Its chronographs are considered to be the measuring instruments of choice by specialists and enthusiasts of watchmaking mechanisms throughout the world.

These performances allow it to equip naval, air and ground forces in France and abroad. Our measuring tools; our different models
are designed for robustness and readability to withstand the most extreme situations.



Creation of the house

J.Auricoste receives a gold medal
at the Universal Exhibition in Paris


World Fair of Liege


World Exhibition
of Brussels


Commissioning of the heavy cruiser Tourville
equipped by Auricoste


Exhibition at the Decorative Arts


Commissioning of the battleship
Richelieu equipped by Auricoste

Commissioning of the Auricoste equipped aircraft carrier Arromanches

Equipment of the aircraft carrier La Fayette


Creation and development of the type 20 model whose “flyback” function becomes a standard imposed by the French War Ministry. More than 2000 chronographs are delivered to the different French forces


Equipment of the aircraft carrier Foch


Commissioning of the aircraft carrier Clemenceau equipped by Auricoste


Equipment of the helicopter carrier Jeanne d’Arc


Collaboration with Patek Phillippe for the creation of electromechanical marine clocks and chronometers

Equipment of the
anti-submarine frigate
marine Tourville

Equipment of numerous avisos and SNA submarines (such as the Rubis, the Perle…)

1980 – 2000

Auricoste equipped the Argentine pilots with the Type 20 model during the Falklands war.


Auricoste equips the combat swimmers and mine clearance divers of the French Navy with the Spirotechnique model.
Commissioning of the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle equipped with an Auricoste time network 


Auricoste revisits the type 20 and creates the type 52


The Spirotechnique renews its confidence in the Auricoste company for the edition of its new diving watch Auricoste Spirotechnique


Auricoste creates the type 26 via an old specification of the French Navy


Auricoste revisits the model type 20 Flymaster


Development of a watch for the French demining service and creation of the ScubaMaster 300, worthy heir to the spirotechnique

Auricoste is a company that has never ceased to put its watchmaking expertise at the service of the French naval aviation industry. His expertise will be recognized worldwide by obtaining the gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900.

Now known for its reliability and expertise in the world, Auricoste was ordered more than 30,000 chronographs during the Great War. In 1954 the War Ministry will order more than 2000 Type 20 flyback models. Auricoste will also equip the combat swimmers and the mine clearance divers of the French Navy.

At the dawn of the 21st century, the aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle is adorned by the Maison Auricoste with the large clock on its flight deck.
For 150 years now, the French Armed Forces have continued to place their trust in Auricoste and know that they can count on the reliability of the company, which has become a legend.

The aircraft carriers Foch and Clemenceau, the avisos, the frigates 2000, the nuclear submarines SNA are among the illustrious list of ships equipped with Auricoste time networks, crisscrossing the world in the heart of the French Navy.