Вильгельм, старший сын Даниэля Сваровски, увлекался естественными науками и любил экспериментировать, как и его отец. Что привело его к идее создать бинокль — и в конечном итоге основать компанию Swarovski Optik в Абзаме?
Даниэль признавал талантливость своих сыновей и всеми силами поощрял их. Таким образом Вильгельм смог превратить свое увлечение химией в развитие собственного производства изделий из стекла. Однако цель для него еще не была достигнута. Он хотел постоянно повышать качество и разработал стекло без пузырьков и разводов, которое по качеству было очень близко к оптическому стеклу. Впоследствии его упорство окажется чрезвычайно полезным в производстве оптического стекла.
In addition to the natural sciences, Wilhelm had another hobby: astronomy. The enthusiasm to see into the distance and the interest in physics gave him the desire to construct his own binoculars. The first sketches and self-calculated prototypes with optical glass from the factory's own production were made as early as the 1930s. Grinding the prisms and lenses is a fine art that Wilhelm acquired by hand. He carried out various grinding and polishing tests in his apartment. His willingness to experiment knew hardly any limits, even his wife's silk stockings were not safe from his experiments.
After the turmoil of the Second World War had subsided somewhat, the demand for gemstones in Wattens increased again and Wilhelm was able to think about the continuation of his former plans. However, there was not enough space in the company for several production divisions - even the abrasives production was already planning a move - so Wilhelm had to look for another location. Said and done! He found suitable premises in Absam. A large property with garages offered a lot of space but little comfort. Due to a general lack of material, the halls could only be renovated in the most basic way, the sanitary facilities initially resembled latrines and an open truck had to suffice as a shuttle bus for the employees. However, people were happy to have a job. Soon after the start, around 170 employees were working for Swarovski Optik in Absam.
Фотография: ©Swarovski Corporate Archive, 1950
The new and changing times also went hand in hand with new market needs: the demand for consumer goods such as eyeglass lenses had increased enormously. Lucky that some of the same machines were used to manufacture binocular optics and spectacle lenses. According to the information in the trade license, which proves the founding of Swarovski Optik with “Factory production of all types of optical glasses, especially spectacle lenses and frames, as well as the associated components and optical devices and apparatus”, production could finally begin.