Buy certified pre-owned, new and vintage Corum watches
As early as 1924, founder Gaston Ries opened his workshop for watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds. A few decades later, his nephew René Bannwart discovered his love of mechanical watches; the two got together and founded Corum in 1955 as their collaborative brand. The name derives from a simplification of the Latin word “quorum”, which describes the minimum number of members of a meeting that is necessary to make a final decision. A concept that has always fascinated the two founders and therefore became the eponym. The Corum logo, the sky-facing key, reminds us that wristwatches are real timekeepers.
Right from the start, the brand has positioned itself in the high-priced segment of Swiss watchmakers. Its watches were best known for their fine watchmaking and daring designs, but also for their multitude of limited editions. Over the years, some exciting watches came together: The Corum Chinese Hat of 1958 was, for example, a ladies' watch, whose wide bezel, set with diamonds wrapped around the wrist and, as the name implies, reminded of a hat. Particularly well known was the Coin Watch from 1964, based on American dollar coins, which made each watch unique by the coinage. Mixing of different materials has been continued over the years: The Corum Plume (1970) uses feathers as part of the dial, in the Classical Vanitas (2005) stone and marble are used.
Even today, the company relies on technical sophistication and aesthetic design. While some series have been deliberately produced as limited editions and are of particular interest to collectors, others look back on a long history of development and have retained in their traditional place in the ranks of Corum for decades. For example, the Corum Admiral has been in production for more than 50 years and has changed enormously over the years. It was designed in honor of the Admiral's Cup. A race that first took place in 1957, and has been in production since 1960. The first models were square and waterproof with a sailboat engraving on the back and have since then changed a lot: The current models with twelve-sided (Dodecagon) bezel and the nautical flags on the dial, they have little in common visually.
The Corum Golden Bridge has also been in production for 30 years. This watch got its name from its partially skeletonized dial, whose recesses are arranged so that a center bar is created, which exposes the complex gears inside - a reminiscent to a bridge.
In 1992, the company presented the Admiral's Cup "Tides" with its first completely self developed and built caliber, an important step in the watch world.
The turn of the millennium brought some changes for the Swiss company. Coinciding with the launch of the Corum Bubble in 2000, Severin Wunderman became the new owner and CEO. The Bubble is one of the current series in the portfolio of the company and is characterized by its 11 mm thick sapphire crystal, which gives the series its unmistakable appearance. The following year, the Corum Trapeze was introduced - here is the name program. The trapezoidal wristwatch has a large, eye-catching case, bezel and dial are classically elegant. 2005 also brought several major events in one year: Corum celebrated its 50th anniversary, celebrating this event with the reinterpretation of the Golden Bridge of the 1980s. Its dial reminded strongly of the old models, but was equipped inside with the newest technology. At the same time, the "Classical Vanitas" celebrated their introduction. Its dial contains, among other things stone and marble components that are arranged like a mosaic. In 2009, another milestone was celebrated. With the CO 007, the second in-house caliber was introduced, first installed in the newly introduced Corum Ti Bridge.
In 2013, the company was acquired by the China Haidian Holdings Limited which headquaters are in Hong Kong.
Prices of Corum Watches and our favourite models
- The Corum Admiral’s Cup 01.0002 is already to buy for around 6.200 € (very good, 2009). The watch with the 12-cornered bezel and applied nautical pennants on the dial has a case diameter of 46 mm.Case and bracelet are made of a mixture of titanium and rose gold, inside ticks a reliable automatic movement.
- Another exciting and slightly cheaper variant is the Corum Admiral's Cup Competition 48 01.0001 made of stainless steel with a rubber strap. It can be bought for around 3,060 € (Condition: Good, from 2014).
- The Corum Bubble 8215020 gets its name from its thick, convex sapphire crystal. Its 45mm case is made of PVD and stainless steel, it is equipped with an automatic movement. The design with its round shapes continues on the dial, with Bubble indices adorning the watch alongside arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock. Used (good condition, 2005) it priced as low as 1.390 €.
- The Corum Twenty Dollars 1890 is part of the coin series that made Corum famous in the 1960s. Its basis is an American $ 20 coin, which serves as a dial. The watch is made of yellow gold, in its interior ticks an automatic movement. Instead of indices, the watch has small riders on the bezel each marks one hour. As a vintage model from 1979 (condition very good) it costs about 7.550 €.
- The Corum Romvlvs 02.0001 is made of stainless steel and has a case diameter of 41 mm. The numbers that mark the full hours are engraved as Roman numerals into the bezel. On the dial, in Arabic numerals, the minutes are in 5-minute increments. Used it is € 1,950 (very good, 2014).
- The Corum Golden Bridge 113.102.69/0001 0000 is used at 21.610 € (very good, 2010). Its dial is so skeletonized that only a narrow bridge remains in the middle, giving it its name. Below the filigree gears are visible. The case is made of white gold, the bezel is set with fine diamonds. The watch is wound by hand.
Corum watches - buy them second hand, new and vintage as an invest
If you are not just looking for design and status and also wondering how much your new watch might be an investment in the future, let's take the following advice along the way: Looking at the evolution of Swiss luxury watches over the last few decades so these mechanical watches have proven to be a constant value asset. Large brands such as Rolex, Omega and Breitling are always a “bullet proof thing”. Both series models and special editions have proved to be stable in value. But even brands like Corum are worth considering. Limited Editions often increase in value due to their limited number of specimens are produced. Luckily Corum has released so many limited editions over the years! Certified, used luxury watches are not only great starter watches. Thanks to the previous owner, you can purchase your wristwatch at a reasonable price, serviced and with warranty.
Best reasons to buy a Corum watch
- Individuality and ingenuity - Corum always dares to innovate and combines unique design with high technical standards.
- Many years of experience - Corum can proudly look back on almost 100 years of company history. In addition to exciting designs, there are decades of technical development work in their models.
- Accuracy and functionality
- Extraordinary materials - over the years Corum has tried a lot, stone, marble, coins and feathers are just a few examples of the material diversity of the brand.
The philosophy of Corum
Corum puts a good mix of innovation, provocative designs and continuity together. Over the years, the company has used its possibilities in craftsmanship to experiment with different materials, shapes and motifs. Corum was never afraid to break new ground and produce unusual watches with clever technology. At the same time, Corum also relies on proven models and their continuity.
The 5 most popular Corum models
The company's current portfolio includes four different series: Admiral, Bubble, Golden Bridge and Heritage. But vintage watches are also popular with collectors and have not lost their appeal over the years thanks to exciting designs. Here is an overview of current models and vintage watches, which we particularly like:
- The Corum Coin Watch is and remains an absolute classic of the brand. First launched in the 1960s, an American $ 20 coin formed the basis of most models. Within the Heritage series, there is also a Coin Watch, which takes up parts of the old design again and combines with the latest technology.
- The Corum Bubble is characterized by a round, bubble-shaped design. Not only its domed and unusually thick sapphire crystal, but also the round design language on the dial are typical of this watch.
- The Corum Golden Bridge takes its name from its dial. It is skeletonized, except for a narrow strip that stays like a bridge in the middle and holds all the gears together.
- The Corum Admiral is inarguably the company's longest produced watch. It is inspired by the Admiral's Cup and therefore intended as a sailing watch. The nautical pennants on the dial of today's collection are still reminiscent of its origin.
- The Corum Heritage picks up on the company's exciting earlier designs and transforms them into the present, using state-of-the-art technology.
Financing Corum - In a few steps to your desired watch
The Watchmaster online shop offers a wide variety of large, medium and small brands from around the world, including a selection of Corum watches. Your new timepiece will come to your home just in a few steps: All watches from Watchmaster are checked by our in-house master watchmakers, provided with a certificate of authenticity and refurbished if necessary. If you buy a watch from us, you can choose between different payment options. For example, you can choose to pay by PayPal, by credit card or finance your watch. If you would rather finance your Corum, you can make payments in small installments over a your desired period of time. The shipment takes place as insured, so your watch arrives quick and safe. Find out online or contact our customer service if you have further questions or would like to get advice.