Saving the Eberhard Contodat, the main chronograph with a solitary circle date show gave me a major headache.
The brilliant guideline of watch gathering has been rehashed various occasions on Fratello Magazine pages. Condition, condition, condition. Did your eye-temple fly in dismay after you took a gander at the Eberhard Contodat pictures? Indeed, let me uncover a proviso to the brilliant principle. In some cases, extraordinariness wins out.
And I don’t mean unpolished-Rolex-Submariner-uncommon… I’m discussing models created in way lower creation volumes that come available to be purchased once per year or even less regularly. The special case for the brilliant guideline additionally follows, that if a better illustration of similar model surfaces (and I feature the IF here), you accept it too and let the primary catch go. It ought to be not difficult to pass it on for what you paid for it.
Bad news first
What is an adequate condition may involve question that I would prefer not to get into. The silver sunburst dial has built up a delicate “freckling”, yet at any rate these spots are predictable and similarly disseminated. It isn’t really awful. As far as I might be concerned, they look more like an adequate patina than a defect. Besides a couple of spots on the tachymeter track, the imprinting on this Eberhard Contodat appears untouched.
The just detail that disturbs me is an appalling scar on the moment sub-register. Unmistakably crafted by some visually impaired butcher attempting to return the hand to the perfect spot. He left some scraping around focus pinion with his tweezers.
It’s difficult to accept the case hasn’t been contacted and all the edges are still wonderfully sharp. In the event that you thought a polisher’s closest companions are Rolex hauls, begin taking a gander at instances of the Eberhard Contodat and we can come back to the subject again in three years.
The genuine problems
I’ll save you the time and get to the genuine issues now. From what I found, the date plate should show two tones. It ought to be red on the even dates and the dark on the odd ones. My model has all dates red, yet the date ring is unquestionably an Eberhard production.
By the way, from all the vintage watches I own, the date number mistake on the Eberhard Contodat is by a long shot the most lovely. Without a debate. It appears as though yesterday was planned by sort of grammatical error type. To complete the pitiful part, the focal second hand is a substitution from prior Contodat models and the crown is unquestionably reseller’s exchange. A simple spot as it is feeling the loss of the magnificent “Inclining E” signature.
Eberhard on radar
So, why such a lot of energy about a watch with such countless defects? Eberhard isn’t actually the most famous brand among gatherers. This may have something to do with restricted information about the brand. It’s valuable, that prepared authorities rank some Eberhard developments among Switzerland’s finest.
Furthermore, there aren’t numerous Contodat watches available. At whatever point fair unique pieces re-surface, they regularly convey a critical sticker price. Furthermore, they don’t stay nearby for long. On the off chance that you need one, you’ve had the chance to be quick. In their book Chronographs for authorities , Joël Pynson and Sébastien Chaulmontet highlight the Eberhard Contodat as well. They say, that the Contodat development “was described by a very uncommon degree of finish and quality on the off chance that you compare it with types fitted into chronographs of the time made by expert companies like Breitling, Excelsior Park, Angelus, Universal, and Heuer.”
Let’s go for a walk through a world of fond memories on three significant date chronographs. Balazs composed a considerable amount of fascinating articles on the Angelus Chronodato that was presented in 1942 as the world’s first chronograph with a full schedule (day-date and month). After six years, in 1948, the world’s first arrangement chronograph including an advanced date show became known. Again marked Angelus, the Chrono-Datoluxe with a 252 type had a window with two concentric plates. Presently we get to Eberhard. Eberhard presented the Contodat as the principal chronograph with a solitary plate date show in 1957.
Eberhard Contodat movements
There is a ton of clashing data accessible on the web. After numerous long stretches of examination, my arrangement is that the early Contodat came fitted with a non-conventional type 14001 with a beginning stop-reset upper pusher and a slider rather than a base pusher. By moving the slider upwards, you halted the chronograph and forestalled a compulsory reset.
It’s imperative to feature that all the development parts were angled, which was an indication of fine workmanship. Later forms found in indexes from 1962 are fitted with the 310-82 type, deprived of the sliding capacity and furnished with two exemplary pushers and usefulness as you probably are aware it.
A part of styles
The Eberhard Contodat came in at any rate three diverse haul styles of various size and edging. Changes were never really dial as well. The lovely alleviation “E” set over the printed logo vanished in later forms. The early dauphine hands were supplanted by stick hands, as you can find in my model that presumably dates to the last part of the 1960s or mid 1970s. On the off chance that you are a “steel-in particular” sort of authority, it will be considerably harder. Much the same as with the Angelus Chronodato, the greater part of the models that spring up are gold.
The silver dial with a slight sunburst impact combined with dainty stick hands and files is without a doubt an uncommon appearance for chronographs. Clarity isn’t awful in any way. In the event that your eyes become acclimated to the sun’s appearance, the dial will not upset you.
Wearing the Contodat is entirely comfortable. For a 38mm breadth watch, it feels a lot greater. Long carries with a level top assistance it come off as unequivocally more present day than it is. The equivalent is valid for the tachymeter track printed under the Plexi. By evading an outer scale, the Contodat tries not to lose significant dial space. Therefore, the Eberhard Contodat wears both energetic and dressy at the equivalent time.
Instead of playing with shading on a more significant level, the dial feels practically monochromatic. Until you notice three red subtleties: the date circle, the 45-minute imprint on 3 o’clock sub-register and the number 50 with a long red line situated in the most strange spot ever — close to 12 minutes. Will I leave you briefly to consider what it’s for?
The Eberhard & Co logo is a magnum opus in typography for me. Do you recollect how I rhapsodized the date plate text style? Eberhard truly discovered its depression with this model. Take a gander at the Contodat name style, it helps me to remember some American hustling sign. The marked clasp offsets different blemishes I referenced toward the start. The case back style prevailed upon me with its straightforwardness. It helps me to remember old fashioned Breitling case backs. On the left half of the case, there is a good snappy set date pusher that permits you to propel the date without turning the crown.
Your time is up. Did you sort it out? What in the world could that unobtrusive red 50 be for? Indeed, as you presumably know, most tachymeter scales stop at 60, which is situated at 12 o’clock. For timing speeds down to 50kph, a slight expansion of the scale is important. An augmentation of 12 seconds, to be exact. A pleasant touch.
I think my preferences me somewhat less after his involvement in my Eberhard. I carried the Contodat to him with breaking down chronograph capacities and date with its own cognizance. It wasn’t an aficionado of hopping over when it should. In the event that there is something a watchmaker abhors, it’s an irregular disappointment that you can spot just on the off chance that you set up the development back. I think I brought it back multiple times, which is another record.
But eventually, we sorted it out and the date currently fills in as it should. Do I mind the inaccurate circle that ought to be printed with evolving red/dark numbers? Indeed, a smidgen. However, as I got the Contodat for one-fourth of the present asking costs that are frequently north of in great condition, it was a satisfactory arrangement for me.
The Eberhard Contodat is one of only a handful few watches in my assortment that doesn’t have a condition I might want to see it in. The development make is astounding. The plan is immortal. Whenever I lash it on, it feels considerably more current than any vintage watch I have in my assortment. Would I sell it? Not until I locate a superior condition at a good cost. Which may effortlessly require one more decade. Glad hunting.