The Lemania watch company was founded in 1884 by Alfred Lugrin in Le Locle, Switzerland. In the early 20th century, Lemania became known for its high-quality pocket watches and chronographs. The company supplied its movements to various watch brands, including Omega and Patek Philippe. In 1932, Lemania introduced its first wristwatch chronograph movement, the caliber 13CH, which became widely used by many watch brands.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Lemania continued to innovate and introduced new chronograph movements, such as the caliber 861, which was used by Omega in its iconic Speedmaster watch. In the 1970s, Lemania expanded its range to include luxury wristwatches under its own brand. In the 1980s, the company was acquired by ASUAG, a Swiss conglomerate, and continued to produce high-quality movements for various brands. Later in 2002, Lemania was acquired once again by the Swatch Group, and its movements are still used in many luxury watch brands today.