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1888: Founded by Arthur Graizely and his brother as Graizely Frères for manufacturing of 8-days watches after a patent bought from Irenée Aubry. These watches are known until today as Hebdomas or (less) Octodi. It is reported that the name Hebdomas was used because the watch was originally supposed to run for 15 days.
1891: Company renamed to Arthur Graizely.
1900: Cooperation with Otto Schild.
1904: After participation of Otto Schild renamed to Graizely & Cie.
1906: Registration of the brand Hebdomas.
1915: Reorganisation as Schild & Cie
1944: Concentration of advertising on the brand Orator, under which the movements of the company are recorded in many catalogs.
1979: last known year of self-consistent business.
1986: Registration of Schild SA and the brands of this company as brands of FIBEG SA in Bienne.
Comments about the data
There is likely no watch type that can better be characterized as classic than Hebdomas watches. They were definitely still produced in 1993, and very likely the production was continued further.
Movements of this manufacturer are listed in catalogs either as Orator (like here), or as Schild (less popular due to confusion with AS, A. Schild).
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