Manufacture Dodane since 1857


 
<<1857>>

1857



Dodane manufactory wasfounded in 1857 and rapidly
became known in the world ofwatchmaking for its research
etho.

Five generations have succeeded the time when
Alphonse Dodane, as well as his father-in-law François-
Xavier Joubert, had the idea of creating a watchmaking facility
and ebauche workshop in the heart of the Doubs gorges, in La
Rasse, on the edge of the Swissborder, in order to make use of
the hydraulic power that theriver offered.













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<<1905>>

1905




In order to take advantage of its electricity and railroad, the
facility was transferred to Morteau in France’s Haut Doubs region.

It was here that Alphonse Gabriel Dodane took the reins from his
father at the dawn of the first world war.
 
He gave the House of Dodane its very special character
by diversifying its activity in traditional watchmaking.

He was convinced that the conquest of
the skies would be every bit as important as that of the road.









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<<1917>>

1917


Since ballistic science was still in its infancy, the projectiles
dropped from the first bombers had the singularity of landing
far from their targets.


Alphonse Gabriel Dodane supplied
the necessary correction by developing a reverse chronograph
with a very innovative design.


This invention forever changed the future of the Company,
which specialized thereafter in onboard chronographs for the
combat aircraft produced by the Dassault plants.




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<<1929>>

1929



The third generation of the Dodane family settled in Besançon,
where Raymond Dodane carried on the traditions of
complex watch fabrication.



He made the Company one of the longest-standing authorized
suppliers to NATO and was awarded with RAQ 2 certification
by the Industrial Supervision Department of the French Armoury.








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<<1983>>

1983


Laurent and Michel succeeded their father Raymond in directing the
Company and produced up to 100,000 watches, distributed on all five continents.
The House of Dodane was the only French company to have been
certified for the fabrication of altimetric chronographs permitting
parachutists to do night jumps withdelayed openings.
The Companyalso created the 1/100th second timer for the control of the ejection seats used by Aerospatiale.

The manufacture of Dodane was also a supplier to many civil airlines and military force, both in France and abroad, as well as to the Aéropostale, the French national department of education, and post and telecommunications offices.

The Company’s mastery electronic technology led to its selection by the German Army, in 1983, to develop a totally new and revolutionary onboard chronographic instrument : the TYPE 211.



This integrated chronograph is installed in the instrument panel of many differents types of military and civil aircraft and helicopter.
Before folding, the company contended with and withstood the rise of quartz movement within the watch market until 1994.



<<2013>>

2013



 



After the departure of Montres Dodane from the market, Laurent and Cédric Dodane, the fifh generation of Dodane, in cooperation with their partners
rapidly repositioned themselves in the available niche.


By ensuring the continuity of the former business maintenance and sales of military onboard chronographs, their company quickly resurfaced as a NATO
authorized supplier.


Building on their family expertise, the company subsequently launched a wristwatch based on a legendary chronograph : the TYPE 21. Used by civil and
military pilots, TYPE 211, and TYPE 21 have been recognized as incomparable instruments thanks to their reliability.



Cédric and Laurent Dodane strive to design authentic, resilient timepieces for passionate connoisseurs.

Their continuous search for perfection is the driving force behind the Dodane family’s autonomous perpetuation of watch-making expertise through five generations.



The fifh generation of Dodane by ensuring the continuity of the former business maintenance and sales of military onboard chronographs, their company quickly resurfaced as a NATO authorized supplier.

Building on their family expertise, the company subsequently launched a wristwatch based on a legendary chronograph : the TYPE 21. Used by civil and
military pilots, TYPE 211, TYPE 21 and TYPE 23  have been recognized as incomparable instruments thanks to their reliability.