ETERNA 1954 AWARD WATCH Cal 852 37MM BEADS OF RICE RADIUM PATINA CENTER SECONDSEterna
Jumbo Center Seconds
For auction is a 1954 Eterna caliber 852U silver dial with radium arabic markers award watch from a German company called Von Roll. Personally I just love award watches: they harken back to a time when companies cared about and invested in workers, what a romantic notion. The actual watch is an oversized 37mm Eterna with the vaunted caliber 852 (U in this iteration designating its center seconds) with a really great looking teutonic chunky case. The silver radium dial has aged nicely with a handsome patina. The watch is mounted on a quality new old stock vintage beads of rice bracelet that on its own is a $150+ value.
Ref #: A3632784
Diameter: 37 mm w/out crown, 40 mm w/crown, 45 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 18 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 18 mm bracelet)
Height: 12 mm
Power-reserve: 34 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 72 grams
Movement: Eterna large sized caliber 852U manual winding 15 jewels
Strap/Bracelet: NOS beads of rice bracelet with full links to fit up to an 8" wrist
Case: STAINLESS STEEL in its original never polished high polished finish, chunky long lugs, fixed domed bezel, screwback caseback with company logo and years of service: 1929-54. Fritz Buhler really lived through some turbulent world history but he was there with his company throughout; remarkable really
Dial: SILVER with a patina effect in the dial lacquer, radium numerals that have aged to a dark color, dauphine hands with center seconds
Condition: 80% (8.0 of 10): a well worn vintage piece that is showing its 66 years of life but it still looks excellent worn and runs very well
Box/Papers: Watch only
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