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

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  • Manufacturer: Eterna
    Year: Circa 1947
    Reference No: 106DT
    Movement No: 3'212'704
    Case No: 3'188'965
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. Valjoux 69, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 29.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1856, Josef Girard and Urs Schild founded the Swiss watch manufacturing company Eterna. The brand continues to thrive today, and is renowned for manufacturing high quality movements housed in attractively designed timepieces.

    The present lot is, without any exaggeration, ‘New Old Stock’. In an unbelievably mint state of preservation, this watch features the impressive Valjoux caliber 69 – the smallest chronograph movement ever made. Accordingly, it comes as no surprise that the case measures a humble 29.5mm in diameter. Fitted with a stunning silvered dial featuring a blue pulsation scale along the outer rim, one can assume that this watch was intended for medical use. Its small proportions might even suggest that this watch was a testament to society’s progress during the 20th century, and created with a lady’s wrist in mind – perhaps for a nurse.

    This rare example, further enhanced by its incredible condition, displays Eterna’s remarkable attention to detail and exceptional craftsmanship. Accompanied by the original hangtag stamped with the reference 106DT, this timepiece exhibits an untouched condition and represents a beautiful example of a rare and fine vintage wristwatch.


Ref. 106DT
A very rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with silvered dial, outer blue pulsation scale, and original hangtag.

Circa 1947
29.5mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF4,000 - 8,000 

Sold for CHF11,875

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016