Who We Are
"Our passion for aviation, adventure, and exploration drives everything we do. We are proud to be an American company crafting small quantities of precision watches in Switzerland for those with a sense of adventure who push boundaries and expand the envelope."
Time began for Hadley Rille in 2020 when we set out to create a timeless and rugged pilot’s watch. Inspired by my love of aviation and vintage aircraft and all precision instruments. Everybody needs a great watch and as a new pilot I was no exception. I became fascinated with classic pilot’s watches and set out to create a contemporary yet timeless pilot watch that my aviation heroes would have been proud to wear. Hadley Rille was born out of my admiration for the pioneers and a deep appreciation for the precision engineering and craftsmanship that took man from Kittyhawk to the Moon in less than a century. We started with a sketchbook and a clear vision, to create a precision tool watch fit for any occasion from the cockpit to the town. The Escadrille 43 combines robust durability and high grade finishing with the heritage and spirit of adventure. Our watches are crafted by hand, in small numbers in Bienne, Switzerland.
Exploration and Adventure
We believe that limits are for others but not us. We provide precision tool watches for explorers and adventurers who push their limits in every environment from the mountains, to the ocean and beyond the bounds of our planet.
When a watch is labeled Swiss Made, it means that its technical development, manufacture, production, and assembly are all completed to exacting standards established by Swiss law.
Swiss Made is a title that represents a legacy of exacting standards and quality. This label exemplifies craftsmanship, unrivaled accuracy, and unparalleled reliability. For those who aspire to push the limits, Swiss Made is the only option.
Our watches are meticulously manufactured, assembled, and tested in Bienne, Switzerland.
Aviation and time have been inextricably linked from the beginning. Our watches are designed to perform in the unforgiving environments of high G and high altitude flight and extreme pressures of undersea depths. Our watches are tools trusted by professionals who go and do.
The Name Hadley Rille
In 1730 John Hadley invented the Hadley Quadrant, a double reflector precision instrument used for nautical navigation. Hadley’s Quadrant was a trusted tool for explorers and adventurers alike to navigate their vessels safely to destinations around the world.
John Hadley pushed the boundaries throughout his professional life. Hadley was a respected inventor and mathematician. He made significant improvements in accuracy and power to the reflecting telescope for use in astronomy.
To commemorate his contributions to science and exploration Hadley Rille, a steep-walled valley that winds 100km across the surface of the moon, was named in his honor on the lunar surface. The rille was formed by ancient lava flows early in the Moon’s history and is believed to be one of the most geologically significant lunar regions.
In July 1971, American astronauts gazed down into the unexplored rille for the first time. Hadley’s passion for exploration and adventure laid the foundation for exploring the far reaches of Earth and beyond. This same passion propels Hadley Rille today.
Hadley Rille, The Beginnings
Tom became fascinated with aviation, history, and all things mechanical. He researched historic aircraft and idolized the pilots who flew them. When he was 16 he began taking flying lessons and flew solo soon after. At 17 Tom earned his Private Pilot Certificate and was off and running on a path to fly the world’s most advanced aircraft.
Today, Tom serves as the President of Hadley Rille, Limited and leads our small team of dedicated professionals.