Friedrich August Adolf Schneider (1824-1878) received his initial training at Dresden’s polytechnic school. In 1841 Schneider became apprenticed to Johann Friedrich Christian Gutkaes. While working under Gutkaes he was tutored by Adolf Lange. Lange and Schneider developed a lifelong friendship and working relationship. In 1845 Schneider accompanied Lange to Glashütte to set up the new manufacture.
Schneider's background at the polytechnic institute made him indispensable to Lange. Along with serving as his chief foreman at the watchmaking factory, he helped Lange develop a curriculum for apprentices which included mechanics, mathematics, draftsmanship and even calligraphy.
Schneider went on the marry Emma Gutkaes, the youngest daughter of his former master, and established his own company in Glashütte in 1851. At the beginning of his solo career, he specialised in producing key-wound watches, but transitioned to creating stem-wound pieces after Lange patented a stem-wind system in 1866.
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