Eberhard & Co., founded in 1887, adopted the chronograph as one of its specialties from very early on. The Swiss firm produced its first wrist-worn chronograph in 1919, its first double-pusher stopwatch in 1935, and its first flyback in 1939, and built much of its modern appeal on enduringly popular chronograph models like the Extra-Fort and Chrono 4. Now the brand adds a chronograph variation to its maritime-influenced Aquadate series.
The new Aquadate Chrono sports a 41-mm case made of stainless steel, with an array of brushed and polished finishes, and features the Aquadate collection’s hallmark knurled bezel. The dial (available in silver and black, as well as the blue version pictured here; the blue, of course, is the most “Aqua” in aesthetic) is graced with a “vagues droites” decorative motif and includes the Eberhard “E” shield at the 12 o’clock position. The date display inferred by the collection’s name is located at 6 o’clock, and the two snailed subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock display the elapsed chronograph minutes (30 of them) and the running seconds, respectively. The baton hands and applied indices are coated with luminous material.
Inside the watch’s 100-meter water resistant case — which has a customizable engraved caseback, an embossed screw-down crown, and two teardrop-shaped “goccia” chrono pushers — is Eberhard’s enhanced version of the ubiquitous, self-winding Valjoux 7750 chronograph caliber. Dubbed Caliber 8147, the Swiss-made movement has 27 jewels, a 28,800 balance frequency, and a 42-hour power reserve. The watch is mounted on a “charmé”-style steel bracelet with brushed and polished finishes.