Eberhard & Co. is among the coterie of luxury watch brands that have taken the opportunity to unveil new timepieces at one of 2021’s few large in-person events, the annual Couture watch and jewelry fair at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Headlining the venerable Swiss maison’s latest offerings is a modern revival of the Scientigraf, a model from 1961, touted in contemporary ads as “an antimagnetic watch for the man of science,” which was among the first watches to seriously tackle the issue of magnetic fields and their adverse effects on watch movements.
The watch’s steel case, its surfaces hosting an array of brushed and polished finishes, measures 41 mm in diameter and resists water pressures to 100 meters. Inside the case, guarded by an antimagnetic soft-iron inner cage as in the original 1961 watch, is the self-winding Sellita Caliber SW 300-1. with a 38-hour power reserve and a 28,800-vph frequency. The matte black galbé dial is very faithful in design to that of its 1961 ancestor, with triangular hour indices and a distinctive triangular-tipped hour hand contrasting with the baton-shaped minute hand. Two versions of the dial are offered, one with a “vintage”-colored lume on the hands and markers, the other with an orange-tinted lume.
The domed sapphire crystal over the dial is antireflective-treated, and the screw-down crown is branded with an Eberhard “E.” The solid caseback bears the same customized “magnetic resistant tested” emblem that distinguished the vintage model, complete with an “E” surrounded by magnetic bolts. The watch comes on either a steel bracelet, with a choice of either a deployant or two-button clasp, or a water-resistant black leather strap, with either a cordura insert or orange stitching, depending on the luminous color on the dial. The Scientigraf is priced at $2,800 on the strap and at $3,300 on the bracelet.