Eterna-Matic Gold Plate
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Eterna-Matic Gold Plate

Eterna has its roots in 1856 when Dr. Joseph Girard and Urs Schild founded the èbauche factory "Dr. Girard & Schild." By the end of the 19th century the manufacture was producing entire watches in-house, including wristwatches, then becoming popular. In 1905 the company changed its name to Eterna, and in 1908 Eterna filed a patent for the first alarm wristwatch, which entered production in 1914.

Eterna is also the founder of an entity whose products are ubiquitous in the modern Swiss watch industry--none other than ETA S.A.

The brand also produced their first automatic wristwatch in 1938, following that a decade later with a revolutionary ball-bearing-mounted rotor which Eterna would patent as the Eterna Matic. 

While the Kon-Tiki (released in 1958 in honor of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyderdahl's legendary raft) is perhaps the best-known of the Eterna-Matics, the brand also produced a slew of other designs, ranging from the dress to the sporty and many in between.

The present example is a gorgeous gold-plated dress watch from the 1960s. The long, tapered lugs are sharp (so rare for a gold-plated watch) and elegant, and the watch has a low profile on the wrist. But the real stunner on this watch is of course the glossy black dial with delicate guilloché around the hour markers, a subtle touch that will make the watch look elegant when peeking out from under the cuff of a suit jacket. 

Details

14k Gold-plated case is approximately 35mm (excluding crown). Automatic Eterna movement. Circa 1960s.

Overall Condition: 14k gold-plated case is in very good condition with sharp lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Case does have minimal signs of use and wear in keeping with age. Dial is in excellent condition with no major signs of discoloration or hand-drag. Eterna signed crown. Case back does have some signs of wear but is in otherwise very good condition.

Includes one 18mm black embossed leather strap.

SKU: TT01132

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