Founded in Tramelan Switzerland in 1916 by Charles Nicolet. First produced watches under the brand name “Charles Nicolet Tramelan” up until 1945.From that time on the brand name “Nicolet Watch” was found on the dials. Sadly, virtually nothing has survived in the way of information about the Charles Nicolet concern. An obscure bit of information is that Charles Nicholet patented a chronograph with a built in compass mechanism in 1937.There are some excellent printed references to Charles Nicholet chronographs. The book of Gerd-R Lang “Chronograph Wristwatches, To Stop Time” shows a 1940 Charles Nicholet two registered chronographs next to similarly specified model by Rolex from the same year on the same page. The styling of the two pieces is almost identical.