Cyma was founded in 1862 by the brother’s Joseph Schwob and Theodore Schwob, in the town of Le Locle Switzerland. In 1871, Henri Sandoz established Sandoz & Cie in Le Locle. Sandoz moved to Tavannes in 1891, just North of Biel where he manufactured highly desirable repeaters and chronographs. Sandoz soon saw the potential of Cyma forming a business relationship with the Schwob brothers and Cyma was officially registered in 1903. In 1943, Cyma unveiled its first automatic wristwatch, endowed with a 420 calibre featuring a unidirectional rotor. In 1966 the company was bought by the ASUAG Chronos Holding and production continued under their Synchron group in 1968. Cyma became a sister company to Doxa and Ernest Borel throughout the 1970s. The company is currently owned by Stelux International Ltd, Hong Kong holding firm that invests in jewellery and watches. When Cyma introduced the Navystar collection they had more than 20 international patents which included innovations in its ability to resist shocks such as immersion, under particularly demanding circumstances.
Here we have a striking 1963 CYMA Automatic Navystar near NOS with a 35.5mm tonneau stainless steel case. Brushed surfaces transition with crisp edges. The gentle curve of the case and its wide girth give the watch a cushion appearance on the wrist. A lug to lug length of 40.5mm and a thickness of 11mm ensures a comfortable fit. On the right side, a signed crown. A fine bezel holds a domed crystal above a matte blue dial. The applied box indexes have an undercut to them which enables the baton minute hand to glide effortlessly under it. Very similar to the 1970s Tissot Seastar that had a cushion case and indexes connected to the outer chapter ring, you can clearly see where Tissot got the inspiration from. At 12 o’clock a Cyma motif with precise printing underneath. At 3 o’clock a date window. Above the 6 printed “Navystar”. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the CymaFlex engraving in the centre. This was a shock protection system introduced in the 1950s. Inside an Automatic CYMA Cal. R804.00, 21 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on its original 19mm Cyma stainless steel bracelet with its signed folding clasp.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no Cyma box or paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original 19mm stainless steel bracelet with a signed clasp. The watch is from Circa. 1963 and is sold in near new old stock, this means any signs of wear are likely from storage over the nearly 60 years. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.
Easily one of my favorite watches I've had come across my desk recently, which is funny because it's also in the camp of some of the most affordable! I really love gems like this, watches that are in stupendous condition, beautifully designed, and perfectly executed! Plus, wear perfectly on the wrist... What's not to like?