An interesting and attractive large stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with clamshell case

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Eterna
    Year: Circa 1945
    Case No: 2'770'159
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, 14 ’’’ Valjoux 22, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 37.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    A superb interpreter of the watchmaking style of the 1940s, this Eterna chronograph reunites a plethora of highly sought-after traits. Most obviously, the oversized stainless steel case is most appealing and it features an unusual design element which amplifies the allure of this watch: the back is neither snap-on nor screw-down. Rather, it is held in place via a "clamshell" system by Schmitz Frères. The dial as well presents all the details most sought after by collectors: it features a two-tone finish, a multiscale design - red telemeter and blue tachometer - and “feuille” blued steel hands. The execution of the tachymeter scale presents another extremely unusual detail. While most watches of this time with a tachometer scale to the center present a spiral design to it, the present dial features a surprising concentric design, with three circles for speeds 100-60, 60-30 and 30-30. Furthermore, the gap between the outer and middle circle is of a different tone. This unusual architecture grants by all intents and purposes this dial a sectorial design, adding a further element of intrigue and appeal.

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Eterna

An interesting and attractive large stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with clamshell case

Circa 1945
37.5mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF4,000 - 8,000 
€3,700-7,300
$4,000-8,000

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Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East
+ 41 79 637 1724
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The Geneva Watch Auction X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019