Contograf | Chronograph | steel
In 1887, Georges Eberhard founded the Swiss watch manufacturing company Eberhard & Co. in La Chaux-de-Fonds. In 1919, the company presented its first wrist-chronograph, featuring a hinged-case with articulated lugs, and a chronograph operated with a single button. Eberhard produced a variety of high-quality wristwatches throughout the early-to-mid 1900s, considered some of the most visually-striking and technically brilliant of the period.
Originally introduced in the 1960s, as the reference 31501, the Eberhard Contograf is arguably the lesser-known of a breed of purposeful chronographs from the period - including the Rolex Daytona, Heuer Autavia and Omega Speedmaster. This rare example belongs to the first generation, evidenced by the “sword” hands, which were later replaced by straight hands for the second execution.
Observed in this Contograf chronograph, are many of the characteristics which distinguished Eberhard from their competitors during the 1950s and 60s. The glossy, gilt dial is well proportioned, with two registers for constant seconds and 30 minute tracking. It features an outer tachymeter scale (with extension to 50 marked in red), while the inner-track denotes minutes and (1/5) seconds, offering balance and legibility. Complimenting this highly-functional timepiece is the addition of faceted, sword hands and index markers. The late-art-deco style of the Eberhard logo makes interesting use of typography, complimenting the “Contograf” signature below.
This Eberhard Contograf, with serial number 131501-XXX has a round, stainless steel case with large chronograph pushers and an original signed, fluted crown. The case measures 38.5 mm in diameter and is sharp and thick, retaining its definition. The screw-down case-back features the starfish logo, with "EBERHARD & CO - CONTOGRAF - WATERPROOF" engraved on the outside. The black, 12-hour rotating bezel has faded to a dark grey.
While the artistic, purposeful aesthetics of this watch are undeniable, the technical aspects of the piece are equally noteworthy. The watch houses a 21-jewel, Calibre 310.82 column-wheel chronograph movement, which hides an interesting technical feature. The micro-pusher located on the left side of the case advances the date (located at 6 o’clock), which is displayed in alternating red and black “roulette” font.
This Eberhard Contograf example retains both its original crown, as well its original chronograph pushers. The watch is accompanied by its original Eberhard bracelet (stamped 4/59) with ‘E’ end links.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
|Movement:||manual-winding Cal. 310.82|
|Functions:||chronograph, quick-set date, hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Features:||unrestored gilt dial|
|Case:||38.5 mm stainless steel|
|Bracelet:||original Eberhard bracelet, 'E' end links|
|Box & papers:||-|
The gilt dial is unrestored and shows strong colour, without fading on the gilt markers or the Eberhard logo. The handset is well-preserved, showing light signs of tarnishing. The machined key cut-outs in the case-back remain strongly-defined, despite signs of previous interference, and the trademark Eberhard case-back engraving shows exceptional definition. The inner case-back is signed with the Eberhard logo, along with its reference numbers. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.
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