Sandoz chronograph black face stainless steel circa 1960s
An amazing original dial with very interesting and unusual markers. Manual wind landeron chronograph caliber on a vintage steel bracelet but could also look good on a racing style perforated leather strap. Which we can offer also. Henri Frédéric Sandoz (sometimes Frédéric Henri Sandoz), born in 1851, was a self-made man of Le Locle who in the 1870s founded Henri Sandoz & Cie., later producing complicated watches under the name of Cyma. In 1890, in partnership with two families named Schwob, Sandoz established a watch-making firm at Malleray,near Tavannes, in the French-speaking Bernese Jura of Switzerland.Their new business waknown as Tavannes Watch Co at the time of the death of Sandoz on 18 March 1913, many watches were made under the name of Henri Sandoz & Fils. The enterprise occupied a 'model factory' employing one thousand workers and producing 2,500 watches a day. Sandoz was reported to have a paternalistic policy towards his workforce, exercising a fierce social control.Other names used by the Tavannes company at various times include Tavannes-Cyma, Bijou Watch Co., Tacy Watch Co., and Lisca. After the death of Sandoz, the company he founded went on growing. By 1938, it was manufacturing four thousand items a day.