■ In 1924, Hermann Friedrich Bauer, goldsmith and supervisor, demonstrates
entrepreneurial courage and drive and produces the first watch case and strap in gold
supported by his sons Robert, Gustav and Eugen and a workforce of 3 employees.
■ In 1932 the first factory building is rented where 40 workers are employed and the
production range is expanded.
■ The first Bauer blanks are manufactured and a watch assembly line is set up.
■ Ruth Anneliese Bauer, daughter of Robert, takes up an apprenticeship in the
■ In May 1946 Edwin Walser enters the H. F. Bauer company and shortly after marries
Ruth A. Bauer.
■ On the 25th anniversary of the company, exports are a substantial part of the
business and in 1948 the company has 200 employees.
■ In 1974 Edwin Walser founds the Walser-Bauer KG company for precious metal semi-
finished products, trading with precious metals and the production of dental alloys.
■ In 1999 the 75th anniversary of the H.F. Bauer company is celebrated together with
the 25th anniversary of Walser-Bauer.
■ In 2003 Mr. Karlheinz Karner is the sole managing director of the company.
■ In 2004 The two companies merge to form the Bauer-Walser AG company.
Since the merger the focus of the company is once again clearly on the recycling of
precious metal waste and the manufacture of high quality precious metal semifinished
products for the jewellery and watchmaking industries.
■ 2014 Bauer-Walser AG acquires the Geschwister Scheytt GmbH in Munich as a wholly-
owned subsidiary - distribution of semi-finished precious metal products in Bavaria.
■ 2015 Foundation of Hanauer Schmuckhalbzeug GmbH - sales
company for precious
metal semi-finished products.
■ 2017 In January, a new additional building with plenty
of production and office space will
be moved into. This measure added more than 1,500 m² of new production and office
space. In another new building, an ashing plant for residues with state-of-the-art waste
air purification technology was installed.