This circa 1953 Eterna-Matic is in great, original condition.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
Eterna invented the five ball bearing rotor to help automatic watches work smoothly in 1948. This update, Calibre 1414U, came out in 1952 and the earlier logo and the serial number would indicate this watch was early in the production cycle.
The solid, heavy 18kt gold case is all in good shape, as are the lugs. The screw down back is significant – not only does it help keep dirt and water out of the watch, but it is also an indicator of quality as the design demands more gold to be used. The rare and unusual two tone dial has some light marks, but no significant damage. The Hirsch leather strap is new, and the buckle is gold plated. The movement is working exactly as it should be. The crown is the original Eterna one, with the five ball bearing logo showing. The case is hallmarked from Switzerland. The box and wallet the watch is presented with is an original, but later item. The person we bought this watch from trained as a watchmaker for Eterna and worked for the company during the 1950’s/60’s, and this was from his personal collection.
Approximately 37.3 mm wide including the signed crown, 11.1 mm thick. Takes an 18mm strap.
£799 including 3 months guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses.