The Swiss watchmaker Eterna will soon expand its line of chronograph watches with a new Eterna Heritage Chronograph 1938 Limited Edition model. This novelty that pays homage to its predecessor which debuted in 1938 will be shown during the upcoming Baselworld 2012 watch event.
The new Eterna 1938 Chronograph is housed in a bulky, rectangular case which measures 45.5mm x 36mm, with the thickness of 13.1 mm.
Its fully polished and brushed stainless steel case incorporates a very thin, fixed bezel. On the right side of the case, there is a screw-down crown and two chronograph push-buttons with finely polished edges. They are both crafted from steel.
For the long life of this timepiece, Eterna protected its case by a sapphire crystal with an antireflective coating. The case is constructed to resist deep diving up to 50 meters (165 feet) beneath the water’s surface.
This timekeeper perfectly reflects the aesthetic codes of the late Art Deco period.
The Vintage-Styled Timepiece that Leaves Lasting Impression
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a matte black dial with gold-toned details. Its highly legible dial comprises Roman numerals, the retro-looking 60-minute ring, as well as two subsidiary dials and a small date window. The gold-toned hour and minute hands are perfectly readable in all kinds of lighting conditions.
The chronograph counter for measuring 30 minutes is situated at the 9 o’clock position, while a small seconds counter is symmetrically positioned on the opposite side of the dial, at the 3 o’clock position. A small date aperture is located at the 6 o’clock position.
The Eterna 1938 Chronograph Limited Edition Watch is equipped with the Swiss-made ETA 2894-2 caliber mechanical movement with full 42 hours of power reserve when fully charged. The self-winding mechanism is built on 37 jewels and oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 beats per hour. The tried and time-proven automatic movement is not so large and it has the diameter of approximately 26 mm.
For the wristlet, the Swiss manufacturer chose an elegant black leather strap with contrasting stitching which is secured to the wearer’s wrist with a steel folding clasp.
This newcomer which will be shown during the upcoming Baselworld trade fair is produced in the limited quantity of symbolic 1,938 pieces.
Eterna’s Heritage collection was presented in 2010 and so far it resulted in some fantastic timepieces. Each of them was a tribute to Eterna’s past. First, there was the 1973 Super KonTiki Watch and then, last year, Eterna unveiled the 1942 Pulsometer Timepiece.
Eterna is a Swiss luxury watchmaker founded in 1856 in a small Swiss town called Grenchen by Dr Josef Girard and Urs Schild. They initially specialized in producing pocket watches with alarms. In 1906, the company’s name changed from U. Schild to Eterna. In 1908, the Swiss manufacturer became the first company to produce an alarm wristwatch. As a family-owned company, Eterna has remained faithful to its original philosophy – perfecting the classic art of the watchmaker’s craft. In 1995 Eterna was bought by the German company Porsche Design.