A very clean and tidy men’s vintage Eterna-Matic 2002 in a stainless steel case.
HOW DO WE DATE THIS WATCH?
Normally we can accurately date Eterna watches from the serial number on the case back. However this watch has hasd a replacement case back at some point, possibly mixed up at service. How do we know? Inside the caseback there is a reference to a Bulova Patent, which indicates it was for an Eterna-Sonic electronic watch. The second clue is the serial number is for a few years before this movement started production in 1972. It is this date, plus the styling, that leads us to believe this watch was made circa 1973.
In 1973 the watch industry was investing heavily in different technologies. Eterna, always a pioneer of new movements, also had the Eterna Sonic electronic watch available, and the early Quartz watches, but the 2002 range were all automatics. This has the ETA 2824 movement, a 25 jewel automatic movement with quick set date. Historically Eterna and ETA were always linked (ETA is an abbreviation from Eterna from when Eterna set up ETA) so it always preferable to see an ETA movement in their watches. The swapped case back aside, this is a good watch in great condition. The lug size of 22mm is unusually large for the period, and the grey/green strap fitted is a modern new item. The dial and case combination mean pretty much any colour strap could work with this watch. The dial is exceptionally clean, and while the case has a few marks original features such as the brushed bezel are still crisp. This watch is an excellent alternative to Omega or Longines watches of the same period, but at a lower purchase cost. If you are lucky enough to own an early seventies BMW 2002 you have just found an ideal driving watch!
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Width with crown 38.2 mm
Width without crown 36.4 mm
Between lugs 22 mm
Lug to lug length 41.2 mm
Case Thickness 10.7 mm
All sizes are approximate.
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