Eberhard. An extremely fine and unusual oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial
Eberhard. An extremely fine and unusual oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial

SIGNED EBERHARD & CO., LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, MOVEMENT NO. 15'962, CASE NO. 26'013, CIRCA 1940

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Eberhard. An extremely fine and unusual oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch with pink dial
Signed Eberhard & Co., La Chaux-de-Fonds, movement no. 15'962, case no. 26'013, circa 1940
Cal. Huga 16''' mechanical lever movement, pink dial, Arabic numerals, outer five minute divisions and outermost tachometer scale, subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 12 hours and 30 minutes register, large circular case, stepped bezel, snap on case back, split seconds chronograph mechanism operated by two olive shaped buttons in the band and through the crown, case, dial and movement signed
39 mm. diam.

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For collectors it is always interesting to learn more about the history of a watch company as well as the history behind the particular piece on which the company has built its reputation. Eberhard & Co. is reputed for its early chronographs and the evolution of this function is just as interesting. Just over two years ago, Eberhard & Co. celebrated its 125th Anniversary. An incredible milestone for any company and in particular for a watch manufacture. Swiss watch manufactures who have stood this test of time have had to constantly innovate, improve and adapt.

Georges-Emile Eberhard founded the Manufacture d'Horlogerie Eberhard & Co. in 1887 in la Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, at the age of 22. In 1919, the company presented its first wrist chronograph featuring a hinged case with articulated lugs on a strap. This early single button chronograph gave way for their improved version with 2 push buttons launched in 1935. This innovation allowed the wearer to start and stop the chronograph function without setting the timepiece back to zero. The 30's and 40's certainly was a golden era in the history of Eberhard and its chronograph production. In 1938 the company launched for the first time a chronograph wristwatch with an hour counter and a year later, in 1939, developed its first chronograph wristwatch featuring a flyback hand ("Rattrapante"), a device that enables double timekeeping. As the company evolved so did the functions of the chronograph and in 1947 the "Extra-fort" model was introduced. This improvement included a sliding pushbutton which measures intermediate times.

In the world of watchmaking Eberhard stands on its own and is characterised by its dedication to this art form.
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