1970s Eterna-Matic 1000 (Ref. 333 IT) "Gold Cap"
In the 1900s, wristwatches were just starting to become fashionable. Schild Fréres, as the company was then known, started to produce ladies’ timepieces that were based on modified pocket watch movement that came from small pocket watches. In 1905, Schild Fréres changed its name to Eterna. Eterna from that point on continued to be at the leading edge of watch development. Matter of fact Eterna is responsible for the first alarm wristwatch which was patented by the company in 1908.
Another interesting and little-known fact is that in 1932, Eterna created a subsidiary company called ETA SA. ETA was created to make movements for Eterna and other Swiss watch companies. ETA is still in business today and has withstood the test of watchmaking technology and time, ETA is the largest Swiss manufacturer of both automatic, mechanical, and quartz movements which are the base caliber movements still being used in today's top tier brands still to this day.
Eterna is best known for its more sports-driven tool watches such as the Eterna Kontiki and Super Kontiki dive watches, but the brand has produced some very interesting watches in its 165 years of existence, including some incredible time only watch like this 1970's era Eterna-Matic 1000, and that would be just barely scratching the surface of what has come from this brand over its many years of existence.
|SS/ 14k Gold Cap
|2pc Handmade Leather Strap
The stainless steel and 14k gold capped case appears to have been lightly polished in the past and remains in overall wonderful condition, displaying light signs of use. The case retains its original crown signed with the Eterna logo. The case back retains its factory serial number in crisp and legible condition. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The silver brushed dial with gold markers and accents is simply beautiful and shows almost no signs of age. The tritium lume plots are for the most part missing from the dial. The original hands are in fantastic condition and retain all of their original black enamel and tritium lume which has aged to a dark patina and exhibits no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
Non. The watch is keeping time, previous service history is unknown.