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Auction Name: 2019 June 3 Watches & Fine Timepieces Signature Auction - New York

Lot Number: 54153

Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/5408-54153

Eterna, Rare Czech WWII Military Pilot's Watch, Never Commissioned, Stainless Steel, Manual Wind, Circa 1930s
Case: 38x48 mm, stainless steel, three body, tonneau, brushed, anti-magnetic, with faceted lugs, fixed lug bars, and screw-down case-back ring securing module containing movement and crystal, No. 189190
Dial: tropical" matte black, with gilt markings, outer "railroad track" minute track, five-minute luminous markers, luminous Arabic numerals, and sub seconds dial; skeletonized baton hour/minute hands with luminous inserts, silver sword seconds hand
Movement: Eterna caliber 852 manual wind, 15 jewels, Swiss lever, with nickel finish, No. 2742808
Band: leather
Signed: Eterna on dial, case, and movement

This rare timepiece was produced for the Czech military prior to the German occupation. Its case does not have the usual military markings on the back, as this watch was never commissioned.


Condition Report*: Type: Eterna, Rare Czech WWII Military Pilot's Watch, Never Commissioned, Stainless Steel, Manual Wind, Circa 1930s
Signed: Eterna on dial, case, and movement
Model: Czech Military Pilot's Watch
Dial: "tropical" matte black, with gilt markings, outer "railroad track" minute track, five-minute luminous markers, luminous Arabic numerals, and sub seconds dial
Hands: skeletonized baton hour/minute hands with luminous inserts, silver sword seconds hand
Metal: stainless steel
Case: #189190
Case Info: three body, tonneau, brushed, anti-magnetic, with faceted lugs, fixed lug bars, and screw-down case-back ring securing module containing movement and crystal
Case Length: 48 mm lug to lug
Case Width: 38 mm across
Crystal: acrylic
Watch Movement: Eterna caliber 852 manual wind, 15 jewels, Swiss lever, with nickel finish, No. 2742808
Band: leather
Circa: 1930s
Condition: Very good, well-preserved condition overall. "Tropical" dial shows even patina, and both dial and hands retain their luminous paint. Case retains its brushed finish and what appears to be its original crystal, and shows only light surface scratches. Running, but service is recommended.
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