An oversized and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and tachymeter scale

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  • Manufacturer: Eberhard
    Year: circa 1940
    Movement No: 26'962
    Case No: 1'012'004
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Eberhard 1600, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Perlon
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1887, George Eberhard founded the Swiss watch manufacturer Eberhard & Co. in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The firm had a rich history with innovation and precision timekeeping and, during the early 20th century, earned renown for their high quality chronograph wristwatches.
    The present lot is an exceptional timepiece, immaculately preserved, with a rarely seen movement and stunning black dial. From a quick glance, a collector would assume the watch was a standard two-pusher chronograph, however, in reality, it is a rare monopusher. While the pusher at 2 o’clock starts, stops and resets the chronograph, the lower pusher at 4 o’clock instead works as a “stop and lock” mechanism controlled by simply sliding it up towards the crown. When the slide is moved upwards, the precise time is protected, and can be recorded by the user. The lock prevents the accidental activation of the chronograph’s pushers that would result in losing the measurement. Its vivid, black lacquered dial features gleaming silver gilt print for all graphics, hardly showing any flaws or signs of age. The case is in a breathtaking state of preservation, retaining its original crisp edges and sharp lines along the stepped bezel and lugs, illustrating how carefully it was handled over its 75-year life.

  • Maker Bio

    Eberhard

    Swiss • 1887

    From its earliest days, Eberhard & Co. has sought to bring innovation and precision to watchmaking. As early as the 1890s, the firm introduced a patented setting mechanism to its pocket watches, and in 1905 they introduced a digital system for reading the hours and minutes on a wristwatch. Throughout the firm's long history, they have produced high-quality chronograph watches, introducing their first chronograph wristwatch in 1919.  Highly sought-after by collectors, Eberhard's first split-seconds chronograph appeared in 1939. Another key model is the Scafograph 100, an extremely rare diving model introduced in the 1950s. In 2001, Eberhard & Co. made history with their Chrono 4 model, the first chronograph wristwatch with counters horizontally arranged in one row.

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Eberhard

An oversized and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial and tachymeter scale

circa 1940
40mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF12,000 - 18,000 
€11,000-16,500
$12,400-18,600

sold for CHF26,250

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016