This seldom seen vintage 1970's Sandoz has a glossy black "T SWISS MADE T" signed dial that is in lovely but not perfect condition as it shows wear. The lume on the dial and hands, which remains fully intact and emits a quick-burst glow after being exposed to bright light, has aged gracefully to a perfectly matching golden buttermilk hue.
The black bezel, which shows wear and rotates smoothly bidirectionally, presents nicely. The all stainless steel case, which appears to have retained its original finish, shows honest wear with no visible signs of oxidation. The outer edge of the case back is stamped "SWISS MADE WATERPROOF ANTIMAGNETIC INCABLOC AUTOMATIC ALL STAINLESS STEEL" with the Sandoz emblem followed by "20 ATM" and "1744Z-84-5" stamped in the center. The domed crystal shows scratching and dust/debris on its underbelly.
The 25 jewels Swiss "SANDOZ" stamped FHF 905 automatic movement with quickset date function is clean and runs. However, there are several issues affecting the movement. Please read the section in asterisks for a detailed description of these issues. When working the quickset date function works by manually rolling over a new date and then moving the hour hand repeatedly between the 20 and 24 hour marks until the desired date has been reached.After recently winding the screwdown crown 39 full revolutions the movement had a power reserve of 33 hours (which includes moving the minute hand to restart the seconds hand when it gets stuck). The approximate 4.5 mm Sandoz signed crown screws down without issue and winds beautifully when it doesn't begin to skip and sound like crunching lettuce. Given the issues mentioned and considering the movement's unknown service history (there are no visible watchmaker service markings on the inside of the case back or on the movement) a complete overhaul is long overdue and required. This watch measures approximately 35 mm excluding the crown, approximately 39.5 mm including the crown and approximately 19 mm between the lugs. Case thickness, measured from the bottom of the case back to the top of the bezel, is approximately 9 mm.
Including the crystal thickness measures approximately 12 mm. Given the issues mentioned and considering that the movement shows no clear signs of ever having been serviced a complete overhaul is required.As such there are no warranties, express or implied, attached with the sale of this watch. Vintage means old and while my personal belief is that old-school means better quality and workmanship, things can and do go wrong from time to time.
For this watch that time is now. Any servicing costs going forward are your responsibility. And please study the 12 high magnification pictures carefully, which were taken in natural light and from various angles, as they are part of the description and serve as an accurate representation of the condition of this watch.
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