Sandoz Pocket watch

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  1. realfire

    realfire Registered User
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    Hello all,

    I recently picked up this vintage sandoz pocket watch at an estate sale for 5 bucks lol. I can't tell if it works because it dosen't have the winding key and it looks like its missing glass and one of the hands? If anyone knows about this piece I would really appreciate any feedback and if someone knows what size winding key I should be looking for. I figured it's worth at least 5 bucks in silver hopefully.

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. Dr. Jon

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    #2 Dr. Jon, Jun 15, 2020
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    Sandoz was a good maker. Form the inscription it seems you watch is a small cylinder movement. If it runs don't run it much as there are very hard to repair.

    Finding the right key is trail and error. Sets of keys are available very inexpensively. Thekeys are do not last long in use but are probably good enough for occasional use. There are also universal keys with adjustable jaws that work OK and in a pinch you can wind with a pin vise, DO not wind much one turn at most and if the watch is Ok, it will run.
     
  3. eri231

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    A. Sandoz & Fils was Ami Sandoz in Le Locle (1815-1857) in 1835 he moved to Geneva. father of Alfred and Paul the first watchmaker the second case assembler
    regards enrico
     
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  4. realfire

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    Thanks so much for replying, any idea on where I can find sandoz serial number database? Can't seem to find anywhere and wondering how old this is.
     
  5. realfire

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    Here is the movement by the way

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  6. gmorse

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    Hi realfire,

    In these Swiss watches the number in the case usually only refers to that case, it has no correlation with the movement, which itself doesn't appear to be numbered. If the movement isn't numbered you have to rely on a rough estimate based on the movement layout, which suggests the third or fourth quarter of the 19th century.

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  7. jess tauber

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    I have a 16s Ami Sandoz lever (standard bar) movement which runs nicely, though it only has an hour hand. The name on the mvmt side is so tiny you can't see it without magnification. No pics, though. Glad to see some references to the maker.

    Jess Tauber
     
  8. Maren

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    Hello

    I need help about one watch, on dial is marked as "Georges Jules Sandoz - La Chaux de fonds"


    but movement is marked as LE COULTRE & CIE

    Take a look on photos

    Is this non original case?

    What you think?

    On movement picture take a look on upper left corner, you will see Le coultre & cie remark

    Your opinion about this watch? Thanks

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