If you, or someone you know, is a maritime enthusiast, it's "All Ahead Full" for this vintage Swiss wristwatch from the 1970's.
This is a handsome, rare, Swiss vintage Henri Sandoz & Fils men's wristwatch in beautiful restored and serviced condition!
It features a 35.8 mm bright chrome-plated case, excluding crown and lugs, with faceted bezel.
The navy blue dial features a ships engine room's full telegraph motif, complimented by bold red and white hour and minute hands, red spear center sweep, and white outer chapter with olive hour markers.
Finally, to complete the restoration, the 17 jewel, Swiss manual wind unsigned movement, has been cleaned & serviced and is keeping excellent time.
This beautiful timepiece features a snap-down back and has been fitted with a new man-made blue embossed stitched leather strap with stainless buckle.
A Note about these maritime watches: It may appear that these particular watches are plentiful based on the number I have listed. This is not the case but since I started offering them they have been snapped up very quickly and I have bought all my suppliers have in their inventory.
Further, you will notice considerable differences in those offered in brand, dial color, hand color and shape, strap color, etc. and, most importantly to the collector, if the movement is signed or not. I fully expect their popularity to continue but, when they're gone, they're gone.
Stock code S-101
ABOUT THE BRAND:
Sandoz was a brand of watches produced throughout the 20th century.
The Odin Watch Factory was established in 1870 by the Lassueur family of Bienne. Henry Sandoz became a watchmaker in the Canto of Neuchâtel in 1895 and soon took over the Odin factory. In 1914, Sandoz began producing wristwatches. In 1920, Hermann Sandoz joined his father, renaming the firm Henry Sandoz & Fils. The company later marked its start as 1870.
Sandoz sold the original facility fo Peseux in 1919, constructing a larger factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1926. At this point, in addition to the Sandoz and Odin brands, the company produced watches as Crusader and Henry Sandoz & Fils. The company was recognized with two first prizes at the Neuchâtel Observatory in 1938.
In 1958, André Bezzola became a partner in the company. He had been production manager since 1952. The company opened another new factory in Moudon in 1960. In 1961, on the retirement of Hermann Sandoz, Eric Kocher took over management. This enabled the firm to expand their operations in both locations. The company marketed itself as Sandoz of Switzerland from the 1950s.
Sandoz specialized in ultra-thin watches in the 1950s and 1960s. Cal. HSF 55 was the thinnest in the world in 1955, as was the similar Cal. HSF 56. Cal. 333, introduced in 1959, was the thinnest automatic movement, with six ball bearings for the peripheral automatic rotor. It was available with 17, 25, or even 50 or 60 jewels.
By 1970, Sandoz was part of Société Des Garde-Temps SA along with Elgin, Fleurier Watch, Invicta, and Waltham. The company sold LCD digital watches under the SGT brand in the 1970s.
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