Eugen Gluck, founder and president of the watch company E. Gluck Corp., died Tuesday at the age of 92.
Gluck began his career in 1956 when he founded the watch company Armitron. A Holocaust survivor, the Romania-born Gluck immigrated to New York in 1948 with his wife Jean, whom he met in Antwerp, Belgium, after Europe’s liberation.
Armitron sold one of the world’s first mass-produced digital watches, and Gluck would go door to door attempting to sell the style to New York-area retailers. The company grew to sell in Macy’s, Kohl’s, Walmart, Dillard’s, J.C. Penney and Nordstrom. It also produces watches under license for fashion brands including Anne Klein, Vince Camuto, Nine West, Badgley Mischka and Juicy Couture.
Gluck is survived by his children Sidney Gluck, Rosie Friedman and Barbara Weichselbaum, 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Weichselbaum currently serves as E. Gluck’s president.
Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for this afternoon at 2 p.m.