We have here a classic 1930s Deco-style wristwatch from Cyma / Tavannes. We particularly love the dial, which has a nice even patina to it and gives no doubt to its originality. Deco Arabic numerals sit inside the outer-minute tracking and this is mirrored in the subsidiary seconds at 6 o'clock. Original hands with aged lume are at the centre pinion.
Remembering the battle for waterproof watch supremacy with Rolex being the main contender, this ultra rare solid 9ct gold, rectangular, hermetic, Deco-style case is in great condition. Housed inside the 28x40mm case is Cyma's own manual wind, lever escapement caliber 364K, with bi-metallic compensation balance and Cymaflex shock absorber, fully serviced by us and running strongly. We've paired the watch on a black lizard-grain leather strap, which we feel is in keeping with the age and style of the watch, but it looks great dressed down on brown too.
Cyma was founded in 1862 by the brother’s Joseph Schwob and Theodore Schwob, in the town of Le Locle Switzerland. In 1871, Henri Sandoz established Sandoz & Cie in Le Locle. Sandoz moved to Tavannes in 1891, just north of Biel where he manufactured highly desirable repeaters and chronographs. Sandoz soon saw the potential of Cyma forming a business relationship with the Schwob brothers and Cyma was officially registered in 1903.
During the 1940’s Britain's Military of Defence (MOD) needed watches to be issued to the Army during World War II. Rather than relying on one watch manufacturer, they invited many Swiss brands to build a watch to a tight specification. Out of those submitted 12 brands were chosen: Buren, Cyma, Eterna, Grana, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Lemania, Longines, IWC, Omega, Record, Timor and Vertex. This is where the name “Dirty Dozen “ derives from. They were delivered by 1945 which was the closing period of the war, therefore many of these watches never actually saw action. Cyma produced an estimated 20,000 watches.
In 1943, Cyma unveiled its first automatic wristwatch, endowed with a 420 calibre featuring a unidirectional rotor. In 1966 the company was bought by the ASUAG Chronos Holding and production continued under their Synchron group in 1968. Cyma became a sister company to Doxa and Ernest Borel throughout the 1970s. The company is currently owned by Stelux International Ltd, a Hong Kong holding firm that invests in jewellery and watches.
This watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
For a watch of this age, we would recommended that it is considered for occasional use, once or twice a week. This is largely because watches of this age weren't built to deal with modern life. They do not have dust proofing, shock absorption and are easily magnetized. Please do try and keep the watch away from magnets such as computers, phones, speakers etc.
What we think
A real piece of history when the challenge was to waterproof a 4 sided watch case. Round watches being an easier task watch companies patented various designs with mixed results. Only a few made them in solid gold. A comfortable fit on the wrist, a 1930s Deco style wristwatch is perfect for him or her. A must have in any collection especially for the Art Deco period lover.
Age : 1931/1940
Specific Age : 1937
Case Size : 28mm
Case Thickness :
Lug to Lug : 40mm
Lugs : 16mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Solid English Hallmarked 9ct Gold
Service History : Our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty