A very large Stainless Steel Double pusher Chronograph from Eberhard & Co. Pre-Extra fort with white enamel dial.
Case: Three-body, polished, stepped flat bezel, concave lugs, flat band, hinged snap-on case back.
Dial: White enamel dial with Arabic numerals, black outer minutes and 1/5th second track with 5-second Arabic markers, outer red telemetric scale and inner spiral tachometer scale to 400 UPH, subsidiary dials for the seconds and the 30 minute register. Pomme or Breguet hands. Original dial with no cracks.
Movement: Cal. 6889, rhodium plated, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, index regulator.
Georges Eberhard established Eberhard et Compagnie in La-Chaux-de-Fonds in 1887. The manufacture gained popularity after the First World War as a Wristwatch Chronograph maker at a time when such complications were still rarely used.
In 1935, Eberhard introduced a rather unique chronograph with two buttons featuring stop and start functions without the need of a reset. This will be followed with the introduction of the rattrapante or split-chronograph. Eberhard was a purveyor to the Italian Military during the Second World War along with Officine Panerai. After the war, the company was also well known for chronograph such as the Extra-Fort and the Contograf but also for diving watches such as the Scafograf.
With its 40 mm. case, this watch stands well out of the crowd of its counterparts of the time, when a 37 mm. timepiece was considered oversized. The generous case is wonderfully preserved, with the step on the bezel well defined and crisp. The dial has a perfect enamel dial with no crack or chips. While the beauty of this watch is undeniable, the technical aspects of the piece are noteworthy as well: the two chronograph buttons in the band deceivingly lead the casual observer to think this is a normal chronograph. Actually, however, this is a single button chronograph, with the pusher at 2 o' clock used for the start-stop-reset cycle. The pusher at 4 o' clock is in effect a slide that, when activated, stops the chronograph in its track.
A beautiful and unique watch which would make any sophisticated collector proud.