Contact us

Australia

+61 3 8706 5000

Germany

+49 (0)4821 4370343

Netherlands (Instruments)

+31 (0)180 463411

Netherlands (Vision)

+31 (0)85 0436000

Netherlands (Precision)

+31 (0)20 4940840

Singapore

+65 68 72 08 63

United Kingdom

+44 (0)783 346 4884

History

Since 1924 Observator has evolved to be a trend-setting developer and supplier in a wide variety of industries. Originating from the Netherlands, Observator has grown into an internationally oriented company.

1924
In 1924 a few men began supplying instrumentation (manometers and dial thermometers) to the marine industry. Their business, known as ‘De Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Instrumentenfabriek Observator N.V.’, was located in a small office near the harbor in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

1950-1960
In the 50s our product range expanded with optical components for nautical devices.

1960-1970
In the 60s Observator became a representative of airflow instruments. This gave us an important role in the air technology market.

1980-1990
In the 80s we started our meteorological and hydrological division, with the development of the Obsermet product line (anemometers, rain gauges, data loggers, displays, etc.) and the start of the water level meter with a counter weight and float.

2000
Since the zeros, the meteorological and hydrological markets are the core markets of Observator Instruments.

2014
In 2014 Observator celebrated its 90th anniversary. For this occasion, we have published a jubilee magazine.

Present
Where we started with the development of single instruments and components for the maritime market in the Netherlands, we are now able to develop and supply complete turn-key systems for various markets and applications world-wide. Nowadays the Observator Group comprises three different branches.

  • Observator Instruments develops and delivers instruments for meteorological and hydrological monitoring, air and climate technology, and aquaculture.
  • As a supplier of windows wipers and sunscreens, Observator Vision competes with the four seasons and the associated interplay of dark and light, wet and dry.
  • Observator Precisietechniek is specialised in mechanical precision techniques. A high-quality machine-park makes it possible to carry out extreme precision manufacturing.

In 2024, we hope to celebrate our 100th anniversary.

Jubilee magazine 90th anniversary