The independent clockmaker Friedrich Benzing started making decorative clocks in Villingen, Southern Germany.
Friedrich Ernst Jakob
Sometime around 1890, his grandson Friedrich Ernst Jakob started to build clocks for the pigeon sport and in doing so encouraged pigeon racing to spread all over the world. For decades these mechanical clocks, of the best-possible quality, were manufactured and constantly adapted to the needs of pigeon fanciers.
Creation of the BENZING Comatic, the first mechanical pigeon clock made of steel instead of a wooden case. Up to 25 clocked pigeons were possible.
Birth of the BENZING Elite, the first clock with a quartz clock mechanism. The quantity of clocked pigeons was increased to 30.
Release of the BENZING Paloma! It also had a quartz clock mechanism, but it was the first pigeon clock with a digital block print instead of a mechanical one.
Launch of the BENZING Computer Clock! Its novelties were an electric display on the clock and an electric clock mechanism. When the pigeon arrived, the fancier still had to remove the rubber band from the pigeon's leg and place it into one of the holes on top of the clock.
GANTNER ELECTRONIC GmbH
In 1996 the Austrian company GANTNER ELECTRONIC GmbH acquired the pigeon clocking business from BENZING and developed a fully electronic pigeon timing system named ATIS TOP. The first ATIS TOP club antenna was released, to synchronize all electronic clocks.
GANTNER initiated a low cost pigeon clock, which led to the marketing of the first Express clock in 2001.
Within the year 2004, the old pigeon clock ATIS TOP was replaced by the new clock BENZING M1. Till this day, the BENZING M1 is the best pigeon clock in the pigeon sport. For the first time it is possible, to clock up to 1000 pigeons in one single race!
Release of a new version of the club antenna, the BENZING Clubsystem, the first club unit with an integrated antenna for basketing pigeons.
In early 2008, the old Express clock was discontinued and BENZING released a new low cost electronic Pigeon clock called BENZING Express G2, which is one of the most sold electronic timers all over the world to date!
BENZING celebrates its 150th anniversary. BENZING is still focused on taking the pigeon sport to the next level. The BENZING Live! is released, connecting your BENZING M1 to the Internet and broadcasting all your race results onto the BENZING Live! portal. For the first time in pigeon sport, you can instantly compare your race results with your fellow pigeon friends also using BENZING Live!
2014 marked the beginning of a new era for BENZING and thus for the entire pigeon racing sport. With the purchase of BENZING by Gantner Solutions GmbH, the longstanding managing director and innovation driver DI Michael Gantner M.Sc. returned to head BENZING. With the development of the new BENZING Live!, this old-established company again revolutionizes the pigeon racing sport and takes it into the 21st century from a technological point of view. With BENZING Live!, it is possible for the first time to access all data regarding clocked pigeons online, representing a world first.
With this new development, BENZING was able to further extend its market leadership and has since been considered a pioneer in the area of electronic pigeon timing. The BENZING M1 and BENZING Express G2 are the leading clocks in pigeon sports.
With the new BENZING Live!, the online portal for race results, BENZING has yet again reaffirmed its unique position in this field.