Henry Sandoz & Sons
1930's Henry Sandoz & Sons digital men's wristwatch. Case measures 41 x 26mm in 18 carat yellow gold. Movement has 15 jewels and uses original hour wheels. Dial is silver lacquered with Swiss on bottom. Extremely rare 1930's digital men's wristwatch
Cyma Was Founded 1891 in Tavannes by Tavannes Watch and F. Henri Sandoz. Frederic Henri Sandoz was basically a businessman not just an artisan. To move forward in his profession he left home town of Le Locle and the Sandoz & Co. he had founded there. In the nearby town of Tavannes he started a new company for the production of both simple and complicated watches, including chronographs. In 1890 he registered a patent for a chronograph. he developed further patents among them a stem-winding mechanism and a chime movement. The new workshops grew to over 1000 square meters and forty employees. Fredric upgraded his manufacturing facility with the high tech machine-tools of the day which allowed him to complete more than 40 watches a day a large amount of production for the times. Many of these time pieces went to the market under the Cyma trademark. Towards 1892 the company entered into a cooperative agreement with Schwob Freres of La Chaux-de-Fonds. The company continued to grow after 1900. Around 1905, daily production increased to over 1000 watches. Cyma then developed markets in the far east and elsewhere which provided a large increase to the growth of the company. In 1938, Cyma had over 2000 employees and 2200 machines with a daily production output rate of over 4000 watches and movements. Cyma was a large innovator of technology designs in such as area - for example. The shock-proof models with a protective cover were provided to the military in 1915. After the initial design by waterproof design upgrades. In the 1930's Cyma offered chronographs equipped with Valjoux movements. The first automatic movement occurred in 1943 with the introduction of the caliber 420, which had a swing arm that only wound in one direction. This movement was fitted into the square-cased "Water sport" model. Another collector's item is the "Auto rotor" self-winding caliber 485. After 1957 Cyma only used ETA calibers movements. Around 1966 Tavannes-Cyma stopped production and all design, trademark and manufacturing went to Chronos Holding.