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Eberhard chronograph Extra Fort, Stainless steel

Estimation € 5,000 – 8,000

Model: Extra Fort
Material: Stainless steel
Year: Circa 1940
Case N°: 26504
Caliber: 16000 Eberhard manual
Bracelet: Leather strap
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, case, movement

Collectors and connoisseurs have expressed a growing interest in Eberhard’s inimitable vintage chronographs, with their bold oversized cases and vibrant dials. Eberhard & Co. was founded in la Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) in 1887 by Georges Eberhard. With the launch of its first chronograph wristwatch in 1919, the firm was recognized as one of the largest manufacturers of watches in Switzerland and known for their fine chronographs. Housed in an oversized 40 mm case, the present watch stands out with its lovely good looks, with its rare bi-tonal dial configuration nicely patinated. From a quick glance, a collector would assume the watch was a standard two-pusher chronograph, however, in reality, it is a rare monopusher. While the pusher at 2 o’clock starts, stops and resets the chronograph, the lower pusher at 4 o’clock instead works as a “stop and lock” mechanism controlled by simply sliding it up towards the crown. When the slide is moved upwards, the precise time is protected, and can be recorded by the user. The lock prevents the accidental activation of the chronograph’s pushers that would result in losing the measurement. The case is well preserved, the dial has aged a little but remains lovely to look, a real attractive vintage chronograph.

Montre Eberhard en acier, modèle « Extra Fort » chronographe. Cet exemplaire se distingue par le bel aspect de son boitier surdimensionné de 40 mm avec sa rare configuration de cadran bitonal joliment patiner par le temps ; un chronographe vintage très séduisant.