This Sandoz Polemaster was made at a time that polar expeditions were the stuff of exciting boyhood dreams.


The Polemaster name was registered by Sandoz in 1955, probably linked to the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition being fronted by Sir Edmund Hillary.  They reached the South Pole in 1958, and we think this watch would have been marketed on the excitement this mission created at the time.


The movement fitted is a calibre FHF 73, with 21 jewels, and as it has been protected with a stainless steel case that designed to be waterproof.  While we wouldn’t recommend getting any vintage watch wet, the better the protection from new the better the condition now in 95% of examples, and this is no exception.  The dial does have some marks, as shown in the photos and video, but no significant damage tot he hour markers or script.  The crown is signed, and the strap is new.  The unpolished stainless steel case is in good order and a good size for the time, a couple of mm more than average.  The studio lighting shows the very worst of the marks on the case in the photos.  The caseback is engraved with the watch specification, to resemble a signpost – we are not sure if they had signposts in the Antarctic, but we get what the designer intended.

This watch will be supplied with our Certificate of Authenticity.

Please see the HD video for more detail.  All photos and videos are part of the description and are of the actual watch unless mentioned.  We do not photoshop any pictures, and the images are copyright of and should not be used without permission.


Width with crown  37.4 mm

Width without crown  35.0 mm

Between lugs  18 mm

Lug to lug length  42.9 mm

Case Thickness  9.6 mm

All sizes are approximate.

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