Eterna chronographs from the mid-century have been very popular lately and it is not hard to see why. Featuring a multitude of variations, from distinct dial styles to diverse case shapes, these timepieces have captivated the interest of collectors and as a result, have seen its value skyrocket recently.
Offered here today is one fine example featuring a black gilt dial and a beautiful tachymeter-scale chronograph layout. I’ve said it before but will say it again – when a vintage watch incorporates a gilt dial alongside a multi-scale chronograph layout, it typically creates the formula for a stunning vintage chronograph, particularly when it ages gracefully. Our example here may not have preserved its original gilt sheen, but it has undeniably acquired a distinctive patina across the entire dial, imparting a unique character and intriguing overall aesthetic to the watch.
Beneath all that patination are highly sober Arabic numerals which complement the intricate scales on the dial beautifully. All are housed within a fantastic 38mm stainless steel case featuring fixed wire lugs, which I am sure will wear well on most wrists.
Powering it from within is the manual-winding Cal. 703, which is essentially based on the famous Valjoux Cal. 22, a high-quality column wheel chronograph movement. While Eterna may not have dedicated significant attention to developing its own chronograph calibres during this particular era, they have used modified Valjoux movements in many of its offerings, this is one such example.
Considering the brand’s rich history, exceptional aesthetics, and use of outstanding mechanical movements, there is no doubt as to why vintage Eterna chronographs are considered by many to be some of the most desirable and collectable vintage chronographs in the watch collecting space. To be able to offer this piece on our site today is a real delight.