Swiss ETA Yachting chrome and steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1975
A chrome and steel tonneau shaped automatic wristwatch with date, bi-lingual day selector and yacht race indication
A great looking watch with typical mid to late 1970s styling, the dial has a smart two-tone grey and silvered finish with colourful indications and a red centre seconds hand with rectangular luminescent panel towards its tip. The movement has a very unusual feature which allows the days of the week to be displayed in one of two languages – French or English may be selected. This unusual watch is not signed with a brand name and whilst its movement is by the manufacturer ETA, it has not possible to determine the company responsible for its assemblage.
The inner rotating bezel has its first fifteen minute divisions divided into 5 minute sectors, alternately highlighted in red, blue and white. By rotating the inner bezel and aligning the highlighted sectors with the minute hand, the minute hand can then be used to read off the five minute sectors as the time advances – this feature could be used, for example, to follow the five minute period after the starting gun is fired during regattas and before a second gun is fired exactly five minutes later to indicate the moment a boat may cross the starting line. Being calibrated for 60 minutes, the inner bezel’s triangular marker (which represents 0/60) can be aligned with the minute hand and as the minutes then advance, time elapsed may be read off the inner bezel for periods up to 60 minutes in duration….useful for keeping an eye on your parking meter for example.
There are two crowns, the upper rotates the inner bezel whilst the lower pusher may be used to adjust the hands, adjust the day/date, select the language and wind the watch manually if it has run out of power. By pulling the lower crown out to its first setting and rolling towards the user, the days/language may be selected, rolling away from the user advances the date.
[M] ETA calibre 2789-1 automatic movement, lever escapement, 25 jewels, mono-metallic balance, 21,600 BPH, Incabloc shock absorber [D] two-tone dial with grey satin finished centre, silvered satin finished chapter ring with applied luminescent indexes with black centres, luminescent hands, black inner bezel calibrated with white minute divisions and with highlighted 5 minute segments in red, blue and white, luminescent baton hands, red centre seconds with luminescent rectangular panel, twin apertures for day in white and date in black, the days of the week selected in French of English [C] chromed tonneau-shaped case, two crowns, the upper crown for rotating the inner bezel, the lower bezel for time adjustment, day and date advancement and language selection [S] movement stamped ETA
Width excluding winding crown: 37mm
Length including lugs: 41.5mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 8.5mm
Lug gauge: 19mm
This watch has been fully serviced and overhauled and is sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate. A Black Bough fitted box will accompany this watch.