VIXA watches belongs to a German brand and its predecessor was a manufacturer specializedin the production of chronograph for German Air Force. The watchmaking workshop located in Pforzheim, near the north rim of Schwarzwald, Germany, boasts a time-honored tradition of watchmaking, including Cuckoo Clock.
World War II, the Schwarzwald was occupied by the French Army. The VIXA watch workshop was compelled to produce a return chronograph for the pilots of the French Air Force (Following the defeat of Germany, VIXA as one of the compensation items served France).
In 1950s, the French Air Force set a high standard and strict requirement for such watchmaking. A technical specification was adopted in the watchmaking with a code named “Type 20” or “Type 21”. Only a few brands were selected to produce these chronographs. VIXA became one of the pillars of French military watchmaker and became the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OME) of other watch brands.
In the 1960s, Steve McQueen, a well-known Hollywood action movie star and winner of a racing, loved VIXA TYPE-20 watches.
VIXA movement: a movement independently developed by the VIXA watch factory.
Each VIXA watch was produced in Germany. These watches were provided for pilots by French Air Force by packet and plant. VIXA served three flight groups, which are Mirage F1, Jaguar, and Phantom G5 respectively. 5100, 5154, and FG were engraved on watch cases to confirm the specific flight group and follow-up maintenance services.
In the early 1950s, VIXA was a member of the CEV, a special flight unit.
With the stability in social order of the post-World War II, relying on the centurial watchmaking culture of Pforzheim Town, VIXA watch workshop immediately set off a wave of watchmaking in a popular and practical style in the watch circle around Europe and the United States by following the army style and Bauhaus design concept, advanced craftsmanship, strict material selection and rigorous process management.