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SANDOZ, Swiss Made

Instructions for ETA Caliber 2892-A2 based watches

Looking for a "Poor Man's" alternative of an exclusive watch?

These are very high quality Swiss Made Sandoz watches. The distribution and the use of the Sandoz name remains mysterious as there is no information available about the Sandoz History after 1971. It seems that the heirs of Henri Sandoz sold the right to use their name to Sandoz Far East Co. Ltd. which resides in Hong Kong. The same agreement seems to exist with Sandoz Singapore. Thus I was very surprised to find these genuine Swiss Made Sandoz watches with beautiful dials and cases and movement decorations in Singapore. All models feature a Sapphire crystal front and a Sapphire crystal display back. Besides the Power Reserve with the Spiral guilloche-like pattern, all dials are made from Enamel. The Handwind models show beautifully blued screws and some models also feature blued hands. The quality is outstanding. Today May 27th 2005, I found that Henri Sandoz was also the founder of "Tavannes Watch" in 1870. That date is used as the foundation date of Sandoz by all affiliated Sandoz watch companies or those that use the Sandoz name. There is no link between "Henri Sandoz" and the big "Sandoz Family Basel" (Pharmaceuticals), yet, they are often confused. If you say "Sandoz" in Switzerland, everybody thinks "Chemical Industry". If you say "Sandoz" in the Far East, everybody thinks "Watches" first.

I decided to add this line of watches to PMWC, because this is exactly what the "Poor Man's" Watch Forum and the "Poor Man's" Watch Corner are about: More Watch for the Money. Have a look at the pictures of these beautiful watches and then you will agree with me, that it will be very hard to find complications of this quality at a comparable price.

Surprising News, May 20th 2004

A WIS colleague from the UK just mailed me that some watches look exactly like EPOS, see their Emotion models. I have checked their website and YES - 4 Models are identical - well, if you subtract the different name on the dial! I have no idea why that is so, although I have learned from my UK watch collegue that Epos' old owner had recently retired. Maybe EPOS sold some of their old stock to Sandoz? Or the same manufacturer produced for both companies? I have just this information at this time and will of course try to find out more. And if you know more, please let me know, thank you. Wow! What a great surprise! I had always wanted an EPOS watch, and now I got a lot of them I always found the EPOS watches very well designed. And to be honest, when I first saw these models below, I had somehow the feeling that I had seem them before, but I had no idea where. Read Russell's great review about his identical EPOS Jumping Hour here! (many great pictures and close-ups of the movement).
Roamer also made watches that look identical. An Italian fellow PMWFer just posted his Roamer Triple Date watch on PMWF at the same time this news was added.

The Sandoz brand name is owned by different businesses in different locations
While I was trying to find more information about the Sandoz brand, I found a reference to a Korean collaboration. Obviously some QUARTZ models were produced with a Korean partner called RABAN. But those were only Quartz watches and completely different models. I also find a website and a brochure from a Sandoz company with yet another logo obviously located in Spain. Have a look at www.munreco.com and check it out yourself. It seems that the rights to the brand name Sandoz have been sold to different partners in different locations. Sandoz Swiss, Sandoz Hong Kong (Far East), Sandoz Singapore and Sandoz Spain (Munreco) are all producing a different product line and seem to be independent holders of the Sandoz name and businesses. There are also different logos for Sandoz being used.

Sandoz Complications - 5 Master Pieces at great prices! - Those are  discontinued models  and  no new stock will be available once the watches below are sold . Thank you for understanding!

 


In stock

   
 

Handwind
Power Reserve and Sub Seconds
Beautifully finished  Peseux 7046 Caliber with blued screws which is used by many luxury watch brands. A great and classic enamel dial,  blued hands, on strap

Sapphire Front and Display Back

WR 50 m
Non-screwed crown
 

   

 

USD 999
+ USD 25 shipping to USA to USA
other countries...
   
 

SOLD OUT MODELS - kept here for your watch research and information only



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Handwind
Regulator with Sub Seconds
Historically scientists and divers had asked for those watches where the Minute Hand dominated the watch face. So they could easier follow experiments' timing or the remaining oxygen. Enamel dial, blued hands, Roman hour markers and Date Hand make this one another great looking classic, on Ostrich strap with signed Sandoz buckle

Sapphire Front and Display Back

WR 50 m

Automatic Chronograph
Valjoux 7750
Great classic designed Chronograph with enamel dial. Great matching design on push buttons, crown and bezel, on Ostrich strap with signed Sandoz buckle. This quality can rarely be found at this price. 7750 Chronos of this quality can easily cost 1'200 USD more

Sapphire Front and Display Back

WR 50 m
Non-screwed crown
 

Automatic
Jumping Hour
I really would have loved to keep this one for my private collection. The hour jumps at 3 seconds before the minute hand reaches 0:00 and that is a fantastic adjustment. My Jean Marcel takes 80 second to make that jump. Great classic enamel dial, on Ostrich strap with signed Sandoz buckle

Read Russell's great review about his identical EPOS Jumping Hour here

Sapphire Front and Display Back

WR 50 m
Non-screwed crown
 

Handwind
Power Reserve and Sub Seconds
Beautifully finished  Peseux 7046 Caliber with blued screws which is used by many luxury watch brands. A great and classic enamel dial,  blued hands, on ANTI-ALLERGENIC Alligator strap

Sapphire Front and Display Back

WR 50 m
Non-screwed crown
  

USD 689
+ USD 25 shipping to USA to USA
other countries...

USD 789
+ USD 25 shipping to USA to USA
other countries...
USD 795
+ USD 30* shipping to USA
other countries...
USD 899
+ USD 25 shipping to USA to USA
other countries...


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SOLD OUT! Please do not mail, no more new stock

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Automatic
Triple Date with Moon Phase

Another stunning enamel dial with a classic layout! Based on the ETA Caliber 2892A2. Push buttons allow a very easy setting of Month, Day and Moon Phase. So you do not need a watch winder and can easily switch to another watch if you manage to put this one back into the box, on Ostrich strap with signed Sandoz buckle

Sapphire Front and Display Back

WR 50 m
Non-screwed crown
 

Automatic Chronograph
Valjoux 7750
Great classic designed Chronograph. 2 - Tone 10 Karat Gold Bezel on the Front and around the Display Back. Also the register rings on the dial and the indices are golden and of course the hands too. It is basicall the same dial layout as on the watch on the left but in 2 tone. A true and classic dress chronograph for a price other brands will simply offer stainless steel!

Sapphire Front and Display Back

WR 50 m
Non-screwed crown
 

Automatic Chronograph
Valjoux 7750

Two-Tone
Great classic designed Chronograph with enamel dial. Great matching design on push buttons, crown and bezel, on light grey Ostrich strap. This quality can rarely be found at this price. 7750 Chronos of this quality can easily cost 1'200 USD more

Sapphire Front and Display Back

WR 50 m
Non-screwed crown
 

Automatic
Triple Date with Moon Phase

Another stunning enamel dial with a classic layout! Based on the ETA Caliber 2892A2. Push buttons allow a very easy setting of Month, Day and Moon Phase. So you do not need a watch winder and can easily switch to another watch if you manage to put this one back into the box, on Ostrich strap with signed Sandoz buckle

Sapphire Front and Display Back

WR 50 m
Non-screwed crown
  

USD 1050
+ USD 25 shipping to USA to USA
other countries...
USD 1009
+ USD 30* shipping to USA
other countries...
USD 1399
+ USD 25 shipping to USA to USA
other countries...
USD 1399
+ USD 25 shipping to USA to USA
other countries...


SOLD OUT! Please do not mail, no more new stock
     

Automatic
Power Reserve with independent GMT Hand for a second Time Zone!
A truly stunning designed Automatic Power Reserve with independent GMT hand (can be used to display 2nd time zone), Caliber ETA S.1.2892A2, 28 Jewels, adjusted**, on Ostrich leather strap with signed Sandoz buckle

The accuracy of this watch is astonishing! My watch runs consistently at +0.5 seconds a day!

Sapphire Front and Display Back

WR 50 m
Screw-down crown

 

     
USD 1119
+ USD 25 shipping to USA to USA
other countries...
     

* Singapore shipping rates apply

**adjusted means that the movement has been tested in most likely 5 positions for accuracy! There is only the word ADJUSTED on the rotor but since 5 positions are an industry standard today, I assume that this is true for this Sandoz model too.

Note: Sandoz watches come with an international warranty only. But since they contain a quality ETA automatic movement, it is very easy to set the time and date. Please see the instructions below, thank you.

Instructions

For Sandoz Swiss Watches based on ETA Caliber 2892A2 (BASIC SETTING)

Instructions
0) Winding the watch: if it is a non-screw down watch, just turn the crown in clock-wise direction, about 30 to 40 times and it is fully wound. This movement features an over wind protection, thus it cannot be over wound. If the watch has a screw-down crown, unscrew the crown first, then follow the instructions here. Please make sure you screw down the crown after finishing the settings otherwise the water protection is not given!

For watches with pushers on the side of the case, skip Step 1) and proceed with Step 2) and then continue with the ADVANCED SETTTINGS

1) Set Date: pull the crown out to the first position. You need a bit of feeling to do that. Sometimes it is easier to pull out the crown completely and then one click back. Turn the crown clock-wise and watch the date advance. DO NOT SET THE DATE IF THE TIME IS BETWEEN 11 PM AND 3 AM because during that time, the calendar mechanism of the watch also engages in date setting. See the safe method below.

2) Set Time: pull crown out to second position and adjust hour and minute. This is a hacking movement, so if you pull the crown out while the second hand is at 00 you can synchronize the watch to a time signal. Push crown back completely after setting and screw-down the crown if your watch has a screw-down crown.

Safe Method (Recommended)
1)Wind the watch.
2)Set the time to 6 o'clock
3)Set the date to the previous day
4)Advance the time to the correct time observing the correct setting of the time being AM or PM

How to set additional complications (ADVANCED SETTING)

For watches with push button recessed in the case side, please note that the pusher works on the sub dial or display nearest to it. One click with a soft tipped peg wood or toothpick or ball pen or the straight end of a paper clip will advance that sub dial or display one click. Click until the chosen sub dial shows the correct setting. Then proceed with the next sub dial until all settings are correct. Note that for NOS watches, the pushers might be a bit hard when the watch is being set for the first time.