Sandoz Chronograph

Sandoz Chronograph

If there's a word we could use to describe the Swiss watch industry, it'd probably be: interconnected. Whether in today's world, where the industry is dominated by major conglomerations, or in its earliest days as a (literal) cottage industry, the connections between the brands run deep. For us here at 10:25 Vintage, the joy is in unearthing watches made by old, forgotten brands and finding that they're not so obscure after all.

Take Sandoz, for instance. 

The story of Sandoz is dominated by two names: one, the eponymous Sandoz--Henri Frédéric, that is, born in 1851 in Le Locle. A self-made man and entrepreneur, already known for making chronographs, in the 1880s Sandoz saw the potential for the Swiss watch industry to boom. So he reached out to the second name in our story: the Schwob brothers of Tavannes, who had been assembling watches under the name Cyma (sound familiar yet?) 

In 1892, Sandoz bought out the Schwobs' factory, and they began producing watches under the name Tavannes. By the dawn of the First World War, the factory had nearly 1000 workers and was producing 2500 watch a day. And by the 1930s, the factory was one of the largest in Switzerland--if not the largest. 

From then on it can get kind of confusing, but we'll try to simplify it for you. Some watches were made under the name Cyma, while some (like that gorgeous clamshell chronograph we linked to earlier) were branded Tavannes. Still others bore a snappy portmanteau Ta-Cy. 

But all throughout Sandoz's long association with the Schwob brothers, which would end with his death in 1913, and even after, the factory that he helped build would release watches under his own name--a fitting memorial to the man who viewed his workers, all 1000 of them, as his own children.

This is a chronograph from the late 1960s. With its rotating bezel and large, sturdy steel case, it can be classed as a chrono-diver. After the success of dive watches like the Rolex Submariner and the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, brands like Enicar and Bulova (just to name a few) were falling over themselves to bring out dive watches of their own. And many, like Sandoz (and Clebar, and Tradition), decided to go even further by combining the dive watch with a complication that just happened to be Sandoz's specialty: the chronograph. 

With a hefty "bow-tie" steel case (similar to this diver by Bulova), there's no forgetting that this bad boy is on your wrist--but with that flashy blue dial, would you really want to? 


SKU: TT01192

Stainless steel case is approximately 40mm (excluding crown). Valjoux 7733 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel "bow-tie" case is in very good condition with sharp lugs. Case has minimal signs of use and wear, including some slight scratches on the backs of the lugs. Rotating bezel is in very good condition with crisp printing. Dial is in excellent condition with bright colors. Luminescent materials of the hour markers and hands have gained a fine even patina over time. Lume on the hour hand shows some signs of deterioration. Sandoz screw-down crown. Sandoz case back has some signs of wear but is in otherwise very good condition.

Includes one 20mm blue textured cloth strap.

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