For those watch enthusiasts who know Eterna primarily as the brand that gave us ETA — that movement-making colossus that has supplied engines to thousands of watch models over the decades — this year brings a reminder that the Eterna watch brand (not at all associated with ETA parent Swatch Group) remains a going concern. In 2016, the brand celebrates 160 years of watchmaking, albeit with a dizzying number of ownership changes over the years and long swaths of time when U.S. distribution was practically nonexistent. Eterna’s current owner, Citychamp Watch and Jewellery Group, LTD, which also owns Corum — is determined to make the anniversary a special one, with a number of new releases, including a limited-edition skeleton watch. Among Eterna’s other new launches this year is a chronograph version of the Super KonTiki, a modern, contemporarily sized version of the divers’ watch that the brand put on the horological map back in 1947.
We at Fratello Watches are keen on re-editions of vintage timepieces of certain eras, but they need to be very well executed in order to succeed as such. Perhaps this also explains why certain watches that never changed that much are often a brand’s key to success; take the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” or the Rolex Submariner, for example.
We survey Seiko’s half-century-plus of mechanical chronographs in this comprehensive historical feature from the WatchTime archives. Scroll down to discover the Japanese brand’s contributions to the world of chronograph wristwatches.
CALIBER 5719: JAPAN’S FIRST WRIST CHRONOGRAPH
When Seiko set out to design Japan’s first wristwatch chronograph, its goal was to produce a watch that was as much status symbol as timing device. Suwa Seikosha, i.e., Seiko’s factory in the city of Suwa, developed the watch, which was launched in time for the 1964 Summer Olympics. It was powered by the 12-ligne, hand-wound Caliber 5719. The salient features of this 6.1-mm-thick movement included a single button to trigger the chronograph’s functions, horizontal coupling, and a column wheel to control the start, stop and return-to-zero functions. The balance was paced at 5.5 hertz, or 39,600 vph. With the chronograph mechanism switched on, the movement would run for 38 hours. The case was made of steel and was 38.2 mm in diameter and 11.2 mm thick.
This past year Breitling arrived on the scene by having an entirely new Superocean watch. It featured a contemporary searching design inside a more compact 42mm situation. While many people wanted a more compact Breitling diver, much more did not. So, only one year later, the Superocean II continues to be rejuvenated and enlarged. Now, for 2011, Breitling provides the Superocean 44. It is available in two versions: A 3-hands, along with a chronograph. There’s additionally a GMT version however that is available in the 42mm wide situation and will also be talked about elsewhere.
Movado watch may be the first watch face selected included in the permanent collection at New York’s Museum of contemporary Art. Movado is renowned for its watches which have sleek features and clean lines. Timepieces in the collection possess the signature us dot at 12, which represents the sun’s rays at high noon. In The Year 2006, Movado introduced Series 800, an accumulation of sports watches and chronographs for males and ladies. Timepieces are available in solid and 2-tone Performance Steel cases. These fine Swiss quarta movement and automatic sport watches are available in various styles featuring to match different tastes. Celebs for example Derek Jeter and Tom Brady result sporting the Series 800 Sub Ocean and therefore are ambassadors of the collection. The costs of these watches vary based on model and elegance of watch.