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Eberhard & Co A nice and attractive Eberhard & Co Contograf reference 31501 in stainless steel with date and box

Estimation € 20,000 – 40,000

sold € 24,700

Model: Contograf
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 31501
Year: 1960's
Case N°: 14901-516
Caliber: 310-82
Bracelet: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 39
Accessories: Box and outer box

Founded by Georges-Lucien Eberhard, a 22-year-old watchmaker born in Saint-Imier in 1865, the company inaugurated its first factory in 1907 in Léopold Robert Street, also in La Chaux-de-Fonds. In the ’30s, Georges’ son, Maurice Eberhard, took the reins of the company started producing new automatic chronographs, chosen as a distinctive sign for the officers of the Royal Navy of the Kingdom of Italy giving the brand notoriety and resonance. With the passing of the years, many important models were launched and in the mid 1960s the Eberhard Contograf was introduced as a direct competitor of the Heuer Autavia, Omega Speedmaster, and other top models of the day. It was a diving-inspired wristwatch with two register chronographs, a solid three-body case of 39 mm in diameter and straight lugs. The reference 31501 here offered houses a manually-wound Eberhard caliber 310.82, a movement also used by Doxa for the Sub 200 T-Graph, and constructed using a column-wheel chronograph mechanism, a jeweled coupling wheel and an adjustable boot for regulation. The condition of the present watch is notable, the stainless steel case with screw back is very nice with clear satin finish and barrel shape chronograph pushers. The original black dial with white printing sees applied steel baton hour markers and an outer 60–1000 tachymeter scale with extension to 50 marked in red and a red and black “roulette” date wheel at 6 o’clock. This watch is sold with the original bracelet and box.