A very rare, attractive and oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial and tachymeter scale

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  • Manufacturer: Eberhard
    Year: 1940
    Movement No: 19'877
    Case No: 1'000'179
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1600, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Georges Eberhard founded the Manufacture d’Horlogerie Eberhard & Co in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1887 while he was only 22 years old. Until the mid-1900s, the company was renowned for their fine chronographs. In 1919, they launched their first single button chronograph, followed in 1935 by a double pusher chronograph, featuring Start and Stop functions without reset. Only four years later, in 1939, as result of constant research and innovation, the manufacture launched the present exquisite split-seconds chronograph model. This complication was extensively used on race tracks as it allows the wearer to register both the overall duration of a race as well as its individual laps. The present watch incorporates an innovative split second mechanism: the pusher integrated into the winding crown controls the start, stop and reset functions while the top pusher is responsible for the split-seconds function. The lower pusher functions as a “stop and lock” mechanism, controlled by simply sliding the bottom button up towards the crown. This mechanism locks the pushers in order to avoid any accidental actuation, allowing the user to record the indicated time precisely and safely. The present watch stands out by its timeless design and fantastic condition. Manufactured some 70 years ago, its oversized case of 40mm combined with its silvered dial and blue hands give this watch an extremely handsome and very contemporary look. The case, dial, and movement are in excellent condition, serving as testimony to very careful wear over the past seven decades. This watch will surely be a great addition for a collector seeking an unusual yet exceptional stainless steel chronograph in great condition.

  • 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

A very rare, attractive and oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial and tachymeter scale

1940
40mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 40,000 
€23,000-36,700
$25,800-41,200

sold for CHF50,000

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR

Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016