9ct "Kendal & Dent"  Waterproof Cushion Case Wrist Watch. 1937


9ct Kendal & Dent. Waterproof Cushion Case. 1937

Early waterproof wrist watch manufactured by "Cyma" and retailed by "Kendal & Dent" (notable London based watchmakers and retailers - supplier to the British Admiralty).

9ct gold cushion case with screw-on back. Wire Lugs. Inside back stamped with British import hallmark, corresponding to the year 1937. Case signed, "F.B." (François Borgel -  a Swiss company specialising in early dust/moisture-proof cases - at the time this watch was manufactured, Borgel was owned by Taubert & Fils). Nickel inner dust cover. Case width (not including crown) : 30mm. Case condition : 80%.

Swiss, nickel plated, 15 jewel movement. Made by "Cyma". Calibre 632R. Geneva Stripes. Early shock absorber. Movement condition : 90%. Time keeping : good.

Silver coloured two-tone dial with subsidiary seconds. Blue steel hands. Black numerals. Signed, "Kendal & Dent - London". Dial condition : 80%.

In 1871 Frédéric Henri Sandoz formed the watch making company, Henri Sandoz & Co in Le Locle, Switzerland. Around 1890 he moved to the nearby town of Tavannes and started a new company, Tavannes Watch Co which manufactured a wide range of timepieces from basic watches to chronographs. In 1892 Sandoz joined forces with Schwob Frères and Co. of La Chaux-de-Fonds who manufactured watches under various trade names including, ‘Alpine’, ‘Hermosa’, ‘Meridian’ and ‘New Haven’. As well as ‘Tavannes Watch Co’, the new company also produced watches named, ‘Chronomètre Civil’, ‘TWC’ 'Trusty' and ‘CYMA’. The company expanded and by 1905 they were producing 1000 watches per day. In the 1930s Tavannes-Cyma claimed to be Switzerland's largest supplier of precision watches and by 1938, they employed around 2000 staff and their output reached approximately 4000. By this time, as well as their ‘CYMA’ brand, their trade names also included, ‘TACY’, ‘AMYC’ and ‘Bijou’. After 1957, the company no longer manufactured movements, but fitted their watches with those produced by ETA. The company continued until 1966 when its name was purchased by Chronos Holding.

Inventory No. 80


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