In the early 50s, there was a strong demand for precision engineering products. Dieter Grässlin realised that he would only be able to put his revolutionary ideas into practice if he set out on his own, so in 1956 he began working out of his parents-in-law’s laundry room in St. Georgen in the Black Forest, partially assembling clockworks to order. His first orders came from local industry. However, this wasn’t enough for Dieter Grässlin. Soon, partial assembly gave way to complete clockwork assembly. The young business suffered strong fluctuations in demand, and Dieter Grässlin realised that the next step on the road to becoming independent was to develop and produce an original product.