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Eberhard & Co. A large, very attractive and rare 18K gold hinged single button chronograph wristwatch with stop function and tropical brown dial
Eberhard & Co. A large, very attractive and rare 18K gold hinged single button chronograph wristwatch with stop function and tropical brown dial

SIGNED EBERHARD & CO., LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, MOVEMENT NO. 13'233, CASE NO. 204'025, CIRCA 1940

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Eberhard & Co. A large, very attractive and rare 18K gold hinged single button chronograph wristwatch with stop function and tropical brown dial
Signed Eberhard & Co., La Chaux-De-Fonds, movement no. 13'233, case no. 204'025, circa 1940
Mechanical jewelled movement, tropical brown dial, inner spiral tachymetre scale, fifth of a seconds divisions, outer telemetre scale, two sunken engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, round case, hinged stepped flat bezel, hinged back, downturned lugs, two olive-shaped chronograph buttons in the band, associated 18K gold buckle, case, dial and movement signed
39.5 mm. diam.

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Lot Essay

With its 39.5 mm. case, this watch stands well out of the crowd of its counterparts of the time, when a 37 mm. timepiece was considered oversized. The generous case is wonderfully preserved, with the step on the bezel well defined and crisp. The dial shifted color to a deep chocolate hue, a "tropicalization" process that adds charm and character to an already remarkable watch. Furthermore, the outer rim of the dial, better protected from sunlight, displays a lower degree of color shift. The final result is that the dial acquired an incredibly attractive two-tone brown effect. While the beauty of this watch is undeniable, the technical aspects of the piece are noteworthy as well: the two chronograph buttons in the band deceivingly lead the casual observer to think this is a normal chronograph. Actually, however, this is a single button chronograph, with the pusher at 2 o' clock used for the start-stop-reset cycle. The pusher at 4 o' clock is in effect a slide that, when activated, stops the chronograph in its track.

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