Eterna - START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs Geneva Friday, May 13, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Eterna
    Year: Circa 1940
    Movement No: 2835208
    Case No: 275801
    Model Name: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, 14 ’’’ Valjoux 22, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed. Caseback further engraved “R. Bertil A. Dahlberg 1940”.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The name Eterna represents timepieces made of the highest quality, with the brand’s heritage dating back over 160 years. This Swiss luxury brand founded in 1856 is known for it’s innovative designs and mechanical complications evident when they revolutionized the market by launching the first ever wristwatch with alarm function.

    The watch manufacturer also co-founded the ETA movements, a name apparently derived from ‘ETERNA’ minus the three middle letters. The brand has earned its place as being a premier example of how to produce the greatest number of chronometers. The Eterna name symbolizes the finest workmanship in watchmaking.

    The present watch’s two-piece case is securely fastened by four screws drilled into the underside of each lug, protecting the movement from exposure to humidity and water. Fitted with a stunning silvered dial featuring a concentric blue tachometer scale around the dial’s center, and a red telemeter scale along the outer rim, one can assume that this timepiece was intended for outdoor use, most likely exposing it to inclement weather conditions and rough terrain.

    Considering the uncompromised condition of this watch with its over 70-year lifespan, it is difficult to believe it was ever worn in rough conditions. This masculine sized chronograph is an excellent representation of Eterna’s rich history and deep roots within the horological community.


An attractive and large stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial, telemeter and tachometer scales

Circa 1940
36mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed. Caseback further engraved “R. Bertil A. Dahlberg 1940”.

CHF8,000 - 16,000 

Sold for CHF17,500

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016