Antique Henry Sandoz Admiral pocket watch and chain.
Sandoz founded the Tavannes Watch Company in 1891, together with his partners who were wealthy fabric merchants. The company was very successful and very soon they were exporting to several countries including Canada, Russia, United States, and the Far East.
By 1905, the company was producing 450,000 watches a year and over the next four years, this rose to three quarters of a million watches a year.
Sandoz registered the Admiral trademark in 1904 and it was one of the many trade names used by the Tacy Watch Company (the name Tacy was derived from Ta-vannes and Cy-ma). The style of this particular watch falls in line with this as it strongly suggests early 1920s. The movement is very good quality with 17 jewels, four adjustments and a whiplash regulator. The patterning, or damascening, on the movement is a nice detail which would have been an expensive extra for something that was not often seen.
The watch is working well.
The watch measures 51mm diameter excluding the winding stem and the loop. The case is gold filled and is the Empress model made by the American Watch Case Company. The case has a screw on front and back. The case has light surface marks from use and some wear to the engine turned detail on the back but overall it is in nice condition for a 1920s piece.
The acrylic lens is in nice condition with only the odd minor mark from use.
The white enamel dial is in nice condition and it has its original blued steel hands.
The watch comes with a single chain, 27cm long including the clasps.
The watch and chain will be sent in a new presentation box.
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