Tavannes Chronograph

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SKU AS01396
SKU AS01396

Why We Love it

Tavannes Watch Company is a result of the marriage between two companies: Cyma, founded by the Schwob brothers, and Tavannes Watch Company, a smaller entity bearing the same name founded by the entrepreneur Henri Sandoz. Sandoz had been operating out of Le Locle, but moved to the village of Tavannes--home to the Schwob brothers--in 1891 and concentrated his production on repeaters and chronographs. The Schwobs' main stock in trade had been assembling watches out of parts from various Swiss companies. But the relationship with Sandoz turned into a profitable business partnership, and they merged their companies in 1903. 

After their merger, the company frequently used both of the parent companies' names.  Whether under the name of Cyma, Tavannes, or even Cyma-Tavannes, their timepieces stood for accuracy and innovation. The merger allowed the company to run one of the largest manufacturers in Switzerland by 1910. When other companies were just starting to standardize their parts, Cyma did them one better, and ensured that each part was not only interchangeable, but made to precise standards ensuring the highest standards of accuracy.

In keeping with Sandoz's focus on chronographs, Tavannes/Cyma made some incredible chronographs. The present example is no exception.  To begin, the seemingly case discreetly hides an ingenious design; the movement is shrouded in a steel 'clamshell' that then fits into the top bezel assembly with affixed lugs.  This was pioneered as early as the 1930s in an effort to increase water and dust resistance but comes to life in the unusually large (38mm) steel case.  The dial, with its telemetre tracks, looks rightfully technical, but the glossy black finish and crisp gilt printing give this piece a distinct dress feel.  Inside, the sleek, 14 lignes Valjoux 22 movement (which was produced for roughly 6 decades) chirps away at 18,000 beats per hour, paying homage to the Swiss powerhouse whose drive trains have become synonymous with quality and reliability.

We're telling you, if the dial said "Patek Philippe" instead of "Tavannes," this watch would likely be going for millions at auction. The fact that we can offer you something of this quality without that prohibitive price tag is insane. We'll be pretty sad to see it go, but we know that it'll be adorned with pride by the lucky so-and-so who buys it. 

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Tavannes Chronograph

Tavannes Chronograph

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Tavannes Chronograph

Why We Love it

Tavannes Watch Company is a result of the marriage between two companies: Cyma, founded by the Schwob brothers, and Tavannes Watch Company, a smaller entity bearing the same name founded by the entrepreneur Henri Sandoz. Sandoz had been operating out of Le Locle, but moved to the village of Tavannes--home to the Schwob brothers--in 1891 and concentrated his production on repeaters and chronographs. The Schwobs' main stock in trade had been assembling watches out of parts from various Swiss companies. But the relationship with Sandoz turned into a profitable business partnership, and they merged their companies in 1903. 

After their merger, the company frequently used both of the parent companies' names.  Whether under the name of Cyma, Tavannes, or even Cyma-Tavannes, their timepieces stood for accuracy and innovation. The merger allowed the company to run one of the largest manufacturers in Switzerland by 1910. When other companies were just starting to standardize their parts, Cyma did them one better, and ensured that each part was not only interchangeable, but made to precise standards ensuring the highest standards of accuracy.

In keeping with Sandoz's focus on chronographs, Tavannes/Cyma made some incredible chronographs. The present example is no exception.  To begin, the seemingly case discreetly hides an ingenious design; the movement is shrouded in a steel 'clamshell' that then fits into the top bezel assembly with affixed lugs.  This was pioneered as early as the 1930s in an effort to increase water and dust resistance but comes to life in the unusually large (38mm) steel case.  The dial, with its telemetre tracks, looks rightfully technical, but the glossy black finish and crisp gilt printing give this piece a distinct dress feel.  Inside, the sleek, 14 lignes Valjoux 22 movement (which was produced for roughly 6 decades) chirps away at 18,000 beats per hour, paying homage to the Swiss powerhouse whose drive trains have become synonymous with quality and reliability.

We're telling you, if the dial said "Patek Philippe" instead of "Tavannes," this watch would likely be going for millions at auction. The fact that we can offer you something of this quality without that prohibitive price tag is insane. We'll be pretty sad to see it go, but we know that it'll be adorned with pride by the lucky so-and-so who buys it. 

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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