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Swarovski Optik

Swarovski Optik
Company typePrivate
IndustryOptical engineering
HeadquartersAbsam (Innsbruck-Land District), Austria
Productsbinoculars, spotting scopes, rifle scopes
RevenueIncrease €158.7 million euro (2019)[1]
Number of employees
> 980

Swarovski Optik is a division of the Swarovski group of companies, manufacturing optical instruments. Its headquarters are located in Absam, Tyrol, Austria.


Wilhelm Swarovski, son of the original founder, was born in 1918. In 1935, with the help of his father, he developed a prism fabrication and grinding process that he used in the design of his first 6×30 binocular.[2] In 1949 he founded SWAROVSKI OPTIK KG in Absam, Tyro, to produce the Habicht 7×42 that it continues produce today.[citation needed]

Swarovski CL 8×25 binoculars
  • 1935 First Swarovski binoculars, which was a 6×30
  • 1949 Formation of Swarovski Optik
  • 1959 First Swarovski Optik rifle scope (4×32)
  • 1967 First Swarovski Optik extendable spotting scope (30×75)
  • 1974 Kahles was purchased by Swarovski Optik[3]
  • 1977 Kahles became a branch of Swarovski Optik[3]
  • 1989 Kahles Limited again became an independent company within the Swarovski group[3]
  • 1991 First AT 80 telescope
  • 1993 First hunting rifle scope with reticle illumination
  • 1995 First rifle scope with integrated laser range finder
  • 1999 First binoculars with wrap-around grip, named EL
  • 2007 First Swarovski rifle scope with 6× zoom
  • 2016 First Swarovski rifle scope with 8× zoom[4]
  • 2017 Kahles was again brought into the Swarovski advertising and sales programs[3]


SWAROVSKI OPTIK, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, Austria is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments in the premium segment of the market, including binoculars, telescopes (spotting scopes), rifle scopes, range finders and night sight devices. The binoculars, spotting scopes, rifle scopes, and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. The turnover in 2020 was 163.5 million euros (2019: 158.7 million euros), with an export ratio of 91%. The company has around 1,000 employees.[5]

Product Range

Swarovski Optik produces the following series of products.


Swarovski Habicht SL Porro prism binoculars
SLC 10x42 WB roof prism binoculars

Spotting scopes

Rifle scopes

  • Z3 (American market only)
  • Z5 (American market only)
  • Z5i [19]
  • X5i
  • Z6i [20]
  • Z8i [21]
  • Ds [22]


  1. ^ "Figures, Data, Facts". Swarovski Optik KG. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  2. ^ "Swarovski Optik History". Swarovski Optik. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  3. ^ a b c d "SHOT Show 40th Anniversary Blast from the Past: Swarovski". Archived from the original on 2019-07-06. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  4. ^ New Swarovski Z8i riflescopes -The Firearm Blog
  5. ^ "Facts and Figures". Swarovski Optik. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  6. ^ Swarovski habicht binoculars review with some history
  7. ^ Swarovski CL binoculars overview
  8. ^ Swarovski CL Nomad binoculars
  9. ^ Swarovski SLC binoculars video overview
  10. ^ Palmer, Roxanne (26 August 2015). "Birding in the Digital Age: A Primer". Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ Swarovski EL O-range presentation
  12. ^ Swarovski NL Pure announcement
  13. ^ Swarovski AX Visio announcement
  14. ^ Swarovski STR presented and explained
  15. ^ Swarovski ATX Interior presentation
  16. ^ Swarovski BTX article
  17. ^ Swarovski ST vista article
  18. ^ Swarovski ST official webpage
  19. ^ Swarovski Z5i overview
  20. ^ Swarovski Z6i 2.5-15×56 video review
  21. ^ Swarovski Z8i press conference
  22. ^ Swarovski Ds overview

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