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Eberhard & Co. is a name you may not have heard much, but we'd wager you'll be hearing it a whole lot more in the coming years.
For one thing, Eberhard is a brand with a rich history (dating back to 1887), and has a hell of a lot of stunning timepieces they've made along the way. Secondly, the brand still exists, and has recently released some pretty darn good looking watches with a nod to their past. Finally, as collectors scramble to find the next big thing, Eberhard is a name we just keep hearing. And for good reason - I mean, look at this thing!
What you're looking at is an incredibly rare Triple Register Monopusher Chronograph. That's right, monopusher. We'll get to that.
To fully appreciate the intricacy of this special timepiece, you must first start with the case. Made of solid 18K yellow gold, its beauty lies mainly in its simplicity - devoid of any of the common design flourishes of the 1950s, its straight lugs bring a slight edginess to its jumbo size, resulting in a gold watch that wears and feels much more like a tool watch. The really special part happens when you turn it over, however, as you'll find access to the internals by means of a hinged case back. Where nearly all timepieces from this era featured either a snap or screw on case back, the hinged piece harks back to Eberhard's roots in pocket watch manufacture, and softens the above-mentioned "tool-watchiness" of the timepiece.
The duality of the case is carried over on its dial, a completely original and unrestored satin silver backdrop on which an honest patina has formed. Its three registers - 30-minute at 3:00 with "telephone" markers in three minute intervals, 12-hour at 6:00 and sweeping seconds at 9:00, are nicely spaced out, not crowded towards the center of the dial. Arabic indices and a graduated outer track feel sporty, whereas the stylized hands, made of yellow gold and blued steel, keep things classy.
But things really get out of hand when we go into the mechanicals. As you've surely noticed by now, this "monopusher" chronograph has dual pushers flanking the crown. Indeed, all chronograph operations (Start, Stop, Reset), are managed through the upper pusher, leaving the lower pusher completely out of the equation. So what, pray tell, does the lower pusher do you ask? Well, you'll be interested to learn that what looks like a pusher isn't in fact always a pusher. In this case, that lower "pusher" is actually a locking mechanism, engaged by sliding it towards the crown, used to lock the chronograph hands in a specific position, so you don't accidentally knock the upper pusher and re-engage or reset the chronograph. This mechanism is incredibly cool and entirely unique - we have never encountered a similar device before.
The movement itself is a masterwork. Known as an Eberhard Calibre 1600, it is essentially a modified Valjoux 65 Column-Wheel chronograph unit, which was commonly used in the 1930s and 40s in both dual and mono-pusher configuration, the latter being considerably more rare. From top to bottom, inside and out, this Eberhard & Co. chronograph is the first of what will likely be many Eberhards to come through our shop - and if those coming down the pike are anything like this one, we may have found the "next big thing" indeed!
Sold 18k Gold case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Manual-winding Calibre 1600 Column Wheel Chronograph movement. Circa 1949.
Overall condition: The original solid gold case is in great condition over all, showing normal signs of light wear from age and use. The dial is in good original condition with some signs of wear and patination. The original hands are in excellent condition. Original pushers and unsigned crown.
Includes one brown leather strap.