The idea of producing Czechoslovak wristwatches was first mentioned soon after the end of World War II. The desire of the leadership back then was to reduce dependence on imports, especially from countries in Western Europe. Wristwatches were not previously produced in Czechoslovakia; however, it was possible to use the experience and modern Swiss movements that were used during the war for making time fuses.
In the autumn of 1949, Adolf Martínek was commissioned to set up a new plant in an unused building of the National Committee and prepare for the serial production of wristwatches. He and 15 other colleagues therefore embarked on a task that only eight other countries around the world had managed to successfully do.