In the 60’s, there are two trilogies of tool watches produced that come to mind. From Rolex, you had the Submariner for the diver, the Milgauss for the scientist, and the Daytona for the driver. From Omega you had the Seamaster 300, the Railmaster and the Speedmaster made for their respective professions. While these two brands are certainly the most popular and well known, there was one other smaller brand that had what I think to be a more enigmatic and rarer trilogy- Eberhard. Comparable in both quality and aesthetics, Eberhard had the Contograf for the driver, the Scientigraf for the scientist and the example you see here today- the Scafograf, made for the diver.
Eberhard mainly sold their watches in Italy and did not have a huge presence around the world like Rolex or Omega did and as a result, the Scafograf 300 is an extremely rare watch. The previous iterations of the Scafograf 100 and 200 only had a few hundred examples made, showing you just how rare these pieces are.
The twisted lugs on this watch may be recognisable to some of you and that is because the 42mm stainless steel case that houses this Scafograf 300 was produced by Huguenin Freres who also produced cases for Omega’s trilogy. So any quality you might think comes out of those vintage Omegas, you get in this Eberhard, albeit much, much rarer.
At the end of the day though, this is just one good looking watch. With its muscular case and black bezel filled with lume, it has a huge presence on the wrist. On top of this, what you get is a gilt dial with massive markers with even bigger triangular markers at 12,6 and 9, filled with lume- a classic Eberhard design cue. Overall, the Eberhard Scafograf 300 combines good looks, high quality and rarity- the perfect formula for a collectable vintage piece.