History

The History of Geochron

The Geochron was invented by James Kilburg with the idea that one device could be used to determine what time it is anywhere in the world. Kilburg was a mechanical engineer who perfected his craft and knack for ingenuity while living in Luxembourg. After moving to America, Kilburg devoted his life to creating innovations such as the car cigarette lighter, the first automatic dialing telephone, as well as the automated maraschino cherry pitter. The Geochron however was inspired by less practical reasons.

In 1962, Mr. Kilburg was overseas visiting relatives in Luxembourg. Unable to make the trip to Europe, his wife Dorothy picked up the phone to call him one day. With some help from the international operator, she got through to Luxembourg.

Unfortunately for her husband, it happened to be 2:00 a.m. This gave Mr. Kilburg all the inspiration he needed to create the world’s first accurate global time machine. In 1965, the Geochron was born.

After many years in California’s bay area, Geochron’s factory moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2007 where it continues to manufacture this incredible product.

Legacy – a gift

For over 40 years, the Geochron has been used by world renowned business leaders, dignitaries and diplomats and even by those in the White House.  President Reagan gave one to Mikhail Gorbachev as a gift.

You can own an original, hand-made of the same exacting standards as originally specified by Jim Kilburg in 1965.

Take a minute to read more about the precision craftsmanship that goes into each and every Geochron.