Founding of J. Hettich & Sons
Edwin Wyndham Hettich, the founder of Hettich, was born in
Cardiff in 1879. He was the son of Julius Hettich, a German
clock maker and jeweller. He was educated in Wales, then sent
to Germany to learn the fundamentals of watch-making before joining
his father's business in Cardiff at the age of 14.
His father heard of an opportunity in Jersey and in 1900 bought
premises at 1 King Street, the home of Hettich to this day.
Julius decided to stay in Cardiff and Edwin, at 21, took on
the shop. In the same year that the Opera House opened its
doors, J. Hettich & Sons began trading as a jewellers,
opticians and later radio repairers.
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