Eberhard - Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS Hong Kong Sunday, May 26, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Eberhard
    Year: Circa 1940s
    Movement No: 17’237
    Case No: 1’948
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, Valjoux 86, 16"', 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold-plated buckle
    Dimensions: 39.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is fitted with an interesting and rarely seen implementation of the split-seconds chronograph complication. The start, stop and reset functions are all controlled by a single push piece that is integrated into the winding crown. The top pusher is responsible for the split-seconds function, meant to measure intermediate times without interrupting the timekeeping of an event.

    Appearing to look like a third chronograph pusher, the lower pusher at 4 o’clock instead works as a “stop and lock” mechanism controlled by simply sliding the bottom button 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 actuation of the chronograph’s pushers that would result in losing the measurement.

    With its 39.5-mm case, this watch stands out from the crowd of its counterparts of the time, when smaller cases were considered to be the standard. Housed in an oversized 18K yellow gold case, the watch stands out with its extraordinary good looks. The case is well preserved, retaining crisp edges and sharp lines along the stepped bezel and lugs, illustrating how carefully it was worn over its 75-year life.

  • Artist Biography


    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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A highly attractive and rare yellow gold split-seconds chronograph wristwatch with stop function, snail-shaped tachometer scale and telemeter scale

Circa 1940s
39.5 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$350,000 - 520,000 

Sold for HK$500,000

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019