Ernst Benz was founded by its legendary namesake, in the 1960’s. An aviator and brilliant inventor of the now nearly half century old company bearing his name, he first began his career manufacturing aircraft gauges and other precision aviation instruments. As a pilot himself, Ernst Benz was acutely aware of the need for accurate and instantly legible instruments while airborne. Benz, inspired by the historical wrist-timers worn by pilots during the mid-century, he designed and built his own large format, self-winding chronograph. Due to requests he received, he began producing them in limited quantities for his fellow aviators. Renowned for their aesthetics, technical quality, and superior precision, Benz’s watches soon became a favorite among pilots, racecar drivers and yachtsmen in Switzerland and Europe.
Leonid Khankin, Managing and Creative Director for Ernst Benz, a Swiss watch company was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. A second-generation watchmaker and talented craftsman by nature, watches first captivated Khankin when he was a little boy. He grew up working along side his father, one of the most prolific and talented watchmakers of his generation, who was trained and worked at the illustrious shop of Paul Buhre. Deeply passionate about the collection, Leonid Khankin ensures that all Ernst Benz timepieces are built to his exacting criteria and without compromise, yielding the highest quality of precision timepieces that the brand is renowned for. Designed and manufactured in Switzerland in the traditional Swiss manner, Ernst Benz watches are sought after by connoisseurs and collectors across the globe. Ernst Benz watches are unrivaled for their durability, accuracy and reliability, exemplifying their slogan:
PRECISION INTRUMENTS FOR TIMEKEEPING.