The History of San Martin

2016
Founded

SAN MARTIN is a youthful brand founded by Mr. Liao JiaMing, a veteran, in 2016. The brand started as a small team of only three individuals with a passion for watchmaking. The original concept behind the brand was to create watches that reflect their own style, drawing inspiration from foreign niche brands, which emphasize quality over quantity.

2016 (end)

During the early days of the brand's establishment in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, Mr. Liao personally studied the watchmaking process, residing and dining in the factory to learn from engineers and master the craft. He also visited the hands and dial factory to understand the learning process. After six months of hard work, the team successfully completed the first bronze diving watch by the end of 2016. The watch was well-received by friends in the domestic forum, which led to the launch of new models such as the bronze diving watch and bronze pilot watch.

2017

SAN MARTIN relocated to Dongguan City, where they had access to more watch production and processing factories. The move allowed them to recruit domestic senior watch engineers and collaborate with the Chongqing University Watch Design Institute to develop and design watches using Damascus materials. In 2018, they produced the first Damascus watch under a domestic brand. As they worked with more high-end processing plants, the team learned that some high-end brand watches in Switzerland and Germany are also domestically processed. This realization boosted their confidence in creating high-quality watches.

2018

They produced the first Damascus watch under a domestic brand. As they worked with more high-end processing plants, the team learned that some high-end brand watches in Switzerland and Germany are also domestically processed. This realization boosted their confidence in creating high-quality watches.

Present

SAN MARTIN has developed dozens of watch models and applied for several patents, including eight independent design patents and two new practical patents for watch structures. The brand is committed to making high-quality watches and has attracted a loyal fanbase at home and abroad, gaining popularity in the domestic watch market.