Welcome to the Virtual Archive of Wild Heerbrugg

in the 20th century Heinrich Wild and Wild Heerbrugg revolutionized  the surveying instruments and thus the whole surveying buisness.  

With this site I want to make a small contribution to keep it well known. You will find all kind of interesting facts about history, but also information to earlier products.

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  • Reisszeugproduktion 1960's
    Wild Heerbrugg Reisszeugproduktion 1960's
  • older style box
    Wild RZ60 older style box
  • variouse older leather sets
    Wild RZ10 variouse older leather sets
  • 3x new 1x old style box
    Wild RZ20 - RZ 21 - RZ22 - RZ23 3x new 1x old style box
  • most important 2nd order instrument of Wild
    Wild B8S (808x produced 1971 -1982) most important 2nd order instrument of Wild
  • simplified, economical universal instrument in the A8 accuracy class
    Wild AG1 (230x produced 1981 -1990) simplified, economical universal instrument in the A8 accuracy class
  • 5th universal instrument of Wild – fully electronic
    Wild AMU (21x produced 1979 -1981) 5th universal instrument of Wild – fully electronic
  • 3rd universal instrument of Wild with half format image carriers
    Wild A9 (71x produced 1959 -1974) 3rd universal instrument of Wild with half format image carriers
  • 2nd universal instrument of Wild
    Wild A7 (313x produced 1952 -1972) 2nd universal instrument of Wild
  • For C2 and P3 photo plates
    Wild A2 (28x produced 1926 - 1932) For C2 and P3 photo plates
  • 1962 - 1970
    Wild M21 1962 - 1970
  • Reisszeugproduktion 1960
    Wild Reisszeugproduktion Reisszeugproduktion 1960
  • older style box without lable and new seald box
    Wild RZ40 older style box without lable and new seald box
  • 	 complementary to the A9 with half format image carriers
    Wild B9 (31x produced 1969 -1971) complementary to the A9 with half format image carriers
  • 4th universal instrument
    Wild A10 (308x produced 1969 -1984) 4th universal instrument
  • Terrestrial photogrammetry with C12
    Wild A4 (33x produced 1933 -1963) Terrestrial photogrammetry with C12
  • 1954 - 1976
    Wild M20 1954 - 1976
  • 1.Gebäude 1921
    1921 1.Gebäude 1921
  • Heinrich Wild - 1925
    Heinrich Wild - 1925 Heinrich Wild - 1925
  • Heinrich Wild in Heerbrugg - 1925 am Testen des ersten Wild Phototheodolit P1
    Heinrich Wild in Heerbrugg - 1925 Heinrich Wild in Heerbrugg - 1925 am Testen des ersten Wild Phototheodolit P1
  • Heinrich Wild's Haus in Heerbrugg - 1921
    Heinrich Wild's Haus in Heerbrugg - 1921 Heinrich Wild's Haus in Heerbrugg - 1921
  • Heinrich Wild - 1920
    Heinrich Wild - 1920 Heinrich Wild - 1920
  • Heinrich Wild  - 1919
    Heinrich Wild - 1919 Heinrich Wild - 1919
  • Heinrich Wild - 1918
    Heinrich Wild - 1918 Heinrich Wild - 1918
  • Heinrich Wild mit Familie in Jena - 1918
    Heinrich Wild mit Familie - 1918 Heinrich Wild mit Familie in Jena - 1918
  • Heinrich Wild mit Familie in Jena - 1913
    Heinrich Wild mit Familie - 1913 Heinrich Wild mit Familie in Jena - 1913
  • Heinrich Wild's Villa an der Sedanstrasse10 in Jena - 1917
    Heinrich Wild's Haus in Jena - 1917 Heinrich Wild's Villa an der Sedanstrasse10 in Jena - 1917
  • Heinrich Wild - 1914
    Heinrich Wild - 1914 Heinrich Wild - 1914
  • Heinrich Wild - 1912
    Heinrich Wild - 1912 Heinrich Wild - 1912
  • Heinrich Wild - Rhonegletscher 1901 (Wild sitzend links)
    Heinrich Wild - 1901 Heinrich Wild - Rhonegletscher 1901 (Wild sitzend links)
  • Heinrich Wild - 1910
    Heinrich Wild - 1910 Heinrich Wild - 1910
  • Heinrich Wild - 1901 (Wild's Frau Lilly strickt unter Triangulationspunkt bei Troistorrents)
    Heinrich Wild - 1901 Heinrich Wild - 1901 (Wild's Frau Lilly strickt unter Triangulationspunkt bei Troistorrents)
  • Heinrich Wild - 1900 (Brautpaar Lilly + Heinrich Wild)
    Heinrich Wild - 1900 Heinrich Wild - 1900 (Brautpaar Lilly + Heinrich Wild)
  • Heinrich Wild - 1899
    Heinrich Wild - 1899 Heinrich Wild - 1899
  • Heinrich Wild - Klassenphoto 1887 (oberste Reihe in der Mitte)
    Heinrich Wild - Klassenphoto 1887 Heinrich Wild - Klassenphoto 1887 (oberste Reihe in der Mitte)
  • Heinrich Wild - 1939
    Heinrich Wild - 1939 Heinrich Wild - 1939
  • grosse Federzirkel
    Wild RZ270 + 280 grosse Federzirkel
  • Family of universal instruments of Wild based on air cushions and in the accuracy class of the A8
    Wild AM/AMH (173x produced 1977 -1983) Family of universal instruments of Wild based on air cushions and in the accuracy class of the A8
  • Units sold: 3 Prototypes
    Wild A1 (3 Prototypes 1923) Units sold: 3 Prototypes
  • Wild T2 (1921 - 1926)
    Wild T2 (Urmodell) Wild T2 (1921 - 1926)
  • Wild Reisszeug showcase 1954
  • Wild  T16  (1973 - 1975)
    Wild T16 (70) Wild T16 (1973 - 1975)
  • Wild T16 (1956 - 1972)
    Wild T16 (old style) Wild T16 (1956 - 1972)
  • Wild T05 (1974 - 1981)
  • Wild RZ showcase
  • 1963 - 1971 (550x)
    Wild M50 1963 - 1971 (550x)
  • 1974 - 1990
    Wild M8 1974 - 1990
  • Wild T2 (1973 - 1996)
    Wild T2 (mod) Wild T2 (1973 - 1996)
  • Wild T2 (1937 - 1955)
    Wild T2 (NT2) Wild T2 (1937 - 1955)
  • first model of the famose Wild T2
    Wild T2 - 1923 first model of the famose Wild T2
  • Wild T2 (1928 - 1936)
    Wild T2 (Urmodell Grün) Wild T2 (1928 - 1936)
  •  old and new box
    Wild RZ60 old and new box
  • Wild T1A (1957 - 1972) Wild T1AE (1959 - 1969) Wild T101A (1965 - 1965) Wild T101AE (1965 - 1966)
    Wild T1A (1957 - 1972) Wild T1A (1957 - 1972) Wild T1AE (1959 - 1969) Wild T101A (1965 - 1965) Wild T101AE (1965 - 1966)
  • Wild T1A (1957 - 1972) Wild T1AE (1959 - 1969) Wild T101A (1965 - 1965) Wild T101AE (1965 - 1966)
    Wild T1A (1957 - 1972) Wild T1AE (1959 - 1969) Wild T101A (1965 - 1965) Wild T101AE (1965 - 1966)
  • Wild T0 (Neu)  1979 - 1990
    Wild T0 Wild T0 (Neu) 1979 - 1990
  • “the” workhorse over nearly three decades
    Wild A8 (1070x produced 1952 -1980) “the” workhorse over nearly three decades
  • Wild T0  1932 - 1972
    Wild T0 - 1932 Wild T0 1932 - 1972
  • Wild T0 (Var)  1973 - 1978
    Wild T0 Wild T0 (Var) 1973 - 1978
  • Wild T0  1932 - 1972
    Wild T0 - 1940 Wild T0 1932 - 1972


Exactly 100 years ago, on April 26, 1921, Heinrich Wild, Robert Helbling and Jacob Schmidheiny founded a company called Heinrich Wild, Werkstätte für Feinmechanik und Optik, Heerbrugg.
In 1923 Heinrich Wild's geodetic instruments was founded and in 1954 Wild Heerbrugg AG emerged.
After the takeover of Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH, the Wild Leitz Group emerged and was renamed in 1990 to Leica.
1997-1998 they split up into Leica Microsystems AG, Leica Geosystems AG and Leica Camera AG.
In 2000, Leica Geosystems AG went public and in 2005 Hexagon AB took over the majority of the shares.
These are just a few steps in the eventful history of the past 100 years - the small workshop in the Entenbad in Heerbrugg has grown into a globally successful company.

On the occasion of these anniversary, a book was also published with me as co-author:

100 YEARS INNOVATION HEERBRUGG


>> to the E-Book

Anniversary book E-Book Link EN_001 2




Heinrich Wild founded his workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Heerbrugg – a key milestone in the 200-year history of Swiss geomatics. Today, the innovation of WILD Heerbrugg continues to live on within Hexagon and its iconic brand Leica Geosystems. As part of 200yr Swiss Geo X, Hexagon is taking this opportunity to celebrate the history and the future of geosciences with several events.


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