Steel Eterna vintage wristwatch, circa 1949

A large and handsome steel manually wound wristwatch 

This is a large and very attractive vintage wristwatch with a case diameter of 37mm. The silvered dial has bold black Arabic numerals and an outer minute track; this outer minute track is set at the top of the curvature of the dial plate thereby creating a two-tone effect as light crosses its surface. The blued steel hands are of feuille or leaf-shaped design, a style popular in the 1940s. Cased in steel, the watch has a polished chamfered bezel, whilst the sides and top of the lugs have a satin finish. Stylistically, the watch is strongly influenced by the designs of military watches used in the Second World War. Indeed, the watch’s rugged design is illustrated by the manufacturer’s engraved detailing to the case back which advertises the watch as shock proof, waterproof and anti-magnetic. These ways of protecting the watch’s movement would have been important considerations when the watch was purchased new and highlighting their presence was obviously intended to assist the retailer when showing the watch to prospective purchasers.

eterna signature

Detail from Eterna parts catalogue dated 1949

Eterna’s history goes back to 1856 when the company was founded in Grenchen under the name “Girard & Schild”. The company has a long and rich history and most notably founded the famous ebauches maker ETA. When Ebauches SA was formed in 1932, Eterna was split into two companies: Eterna S.A. for the production of precision wristwatches and ETA S.A. for the manufacture of ebauches, as an affiliate of Ebauches SA.

            


Technical details

Eterna calibre 852 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 A/h, shock absorber; silvered dial, black Arabic numerals, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, outer minute track, blued steel feuille hands; large steel circular case with polished faceted bezel, the tops of the lugs and case sides with satin finish, down-turned lugs, screw-down case back with manufacturer’s engraved watch details for anti-magnetism, shock resistance, water-resistance, metal and serial; case, dial and movement signed.

Measurements

Diameter excluding winding crown: 37mm
Length including lugs: 44mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 11mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 19mm

All Black Bough watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee. This watch is accompanied by a Black Bough fitted presentation box and detailed Black Bough certificate. Please note that, due to the watch’s age, it is no longer waterproof and should not be immersed in water.

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Description

Steel Eterna vintage wristwatch, circa 1949
A large and handsome steel manually wound wristwatch 

This is a large and very attractive vintage wristwatch with a case diameter of 37mm. The silvered dial has bold black Arabic numerals and an outer minute track; this outer minute track is set at the top of the curvature of the dial plate thereby creating a two-tone effect as light crosses its surface. The blued steel hands are of feuille or leaf-shaped design, a style popular in the 1940s. Cased in steel, the watch has a polished chamfered bezel, whilst the sides and top of the lugs have a satin finish. Stylistically, the watch is strongly influenced by the designs of military watches used in the Second World War. Indeed, the watch’s rugged design is illustrated by the manufacturer’s engraved detailing to the case back which advertises the watch as shock proof, waterproof and anti-magnetic. These ways of protecting the watch’s movement would have been important considerations when the watch was purchased new and highlighting their presence was obviously intended to assist the retailer when showing the watch to prospective purchasers.

            


Technical details

Eterna calibre 852 manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 A/h, shock absorber; silvered dial, black Arabic numerals, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, outer minute track, blued steel feuille hands; large steel circular case with polished faceted bezel, the tops of the lugs and case sides with satin finish, down-turned lugs, screw-down case back with manufacturer’s engraved watch details for anti-magnetism, shock resistance, water-resistance, metal and serial; case, dial and movement signed.

Measurements

Diameter excluding winding crown: 37mm
Length including lugs: 44mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 11mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 19mm

All Black Bough watches have been fully serviced and overhauled and are sold with a one year guarantee. This watch is accompanied by a Black Bough fitted presentation box and detailed Black Bough certificate. Please note that, due to the watch’s age, it is no longer waterproof and should not be immersed in water.

£985 [Sold]