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Date/Report Number …..011213.FNT5HY.04 Item1949 RADIUM DIALED BALL BEARING MENS ETERNA-MATIC
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Description of item: VINTAGE FIRST MEN'S BALL BEARING 1949 RADIUM DIALED ETERNA-MATIC RE-ILLUMINATED WITH AF-LUMINOVA HIGH-PERFORMANCE PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT 33 X 38 W/O CROWN WITH ETERNA 1949 1247T FULLY HAND DETAILED TWO TONE BALL BEARING FULL ROTOR SHOCK PROTECTED SWEEP SECONDS AUTOMATIC AND ITALIAN HAND MADE [ONLY THE BEST AND NOT MADE IN CHINA] DOUBLE STITCED & PADDED TOP QUALITY GENUINE LIZARD STRAP CONDITION MINT.

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $1175.00


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***THIS FIRST BALL BEARING ROTOR ETERNA-MATIC WRIST WATCH  HAPPENS TO BE THE FIRST MOST HIGHLY DETAILED AND ENGINERRED BALL BEARIG ROTOR, AUTOMATIC WATCHES EVER MADE. IN FACT, THIS 1949 MODEL ETERNA-MATIC HAS THE FIRST 5 BALL BEARING ETERNA TRADE MARK EVER USED! THIS 5 BALL BEARING TRADE MARK SIGNIFIED THE VERY FIRST USE OF STEEL BALL BEARINGS TO FLOAT THE ROTOR!  ROCK BEGINS THIS OFFER WITH A SHOT OF ONE OF THE TWO BEARING ROTOR AUTOMATIC MOVEMENTS THAT BEGAN THE HISTORIC ETERNA TRADE MARK OF FIVE BALL BEARINGS. LOOK IN THE CENTER OF THE ROTOR, THIS AWESOME FEATURE BEGAN WITH ETERNA AND BEGAN WITH THIS MOVEMENTS.

 


***The first model with ball-bearing rotor was the 1948 Eterna 1194 for ladies.
The second model with ball-bearing rotor was the Eterna 1247T  for . gents.

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HE HAND DETAILING IS SIMPLY EVERYWHERE



FIRST MEN'S BALL BEARING
1949
RADIUM DIALED
ETERNA-MATIC
RADIUM PROFESSIONALY REMOVED
AND
RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENT PIGMENT
33 X 38
W/O CROWN
WITH
ETERNA
1949
1247T
FULLY
HAND DETAILED
TWO TONE
BALL BEARING
FULL ROTOR
SHOCK PROTECTED
SWEEP SECONDS
AUTOMATIC
AND
ITALIAN HAND MADE
[ONLY THE BEST AND NOT MADE IN CHINA]
DOUBLE
STITCED & PADDED
TOP QUALITY
GENUINE LIZARD STRAP

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HERE IS THE MOVEMENT
WITH
DIAL & HANDS MOUNTED
AND
INSTALLED IN THE CASE

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 Eterna is a Swiss watch company founded in Grenchen, Canton Solothurn on the 7th of November 1856 by Dr Josef Girard and Urs Schild. They initially specialised in producing pocket watches with alarms. In 1906 the company name changed from U. Schild to Eterna. In 1908 they became the first company to produce an alarm wristwatch. The movement production part of the company eventually became ETA SA.

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By 1932 Eterna had set up a subsidiary company, ETA, to make movements for itself and other Swiss watch companies.  This same year Theodore retired and handed over the control of the company to his nephew Rudolf Schild. Although retired, Theodore remained on the board of directors until his death in 1950.

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Eterna produced many innovations in their history, the smallest production wristwatch with a Baguette movement in 1930, an 8 day alarm watch in the 1930’s and their first automatic watch in 1938.

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Probably the most famous Eterna watch was their Eterna-matic. This watch was launched in 1948 with a ladis version, and a nan's version in 1949. The design of the automatic winding was one of Eterna’s greatest designs. The weight ran on small ball bearings making it very efficient, hence the trademark of 5 ball bearings.

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BEFORE ROCK'S RESTORATION

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AFTER ROCK'S RESTORATION

THIS ETERNA HAS AN ALL STEEL CONSTRUCTION
CONDITION IS MINT
IT IS A VERY NICE SIZE - ESPECIALLY FOR 1949
33 x 40
W/O CROWN

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BEFORE ROCK'S RESTORATION

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AFTER ROCK'S RESTORATION

DIAL WAS RESTORED TO
NEAR  EXACT SPECIFICATIONS AND DETAILS

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CASE WAS
HAND SANDED & DETAILED
ALL CORNERS EDGES AND CUVES
FACTORY FRESH CONDITION
NOTE THE PERFECTION OF THE BEZEL ANGLES
!!!!!!!!!!!!PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!

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DIAL IS MINT

THE 1949 MODEL WAS THE FIRST
MEN'S MODELTO HAVE THE

5 BALL BEARING ETERNA-MATIC TRADE MARK LOGO

NOTE THAT HAS A MILITARY STYLE RADIUM DIAL

BLACK OUTLINED NUMERALS
FILLED WITH **RADIUM

**RADIUM PROFESSIONALY REMOVED
AND
RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENR PIGMENT

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**RADIUM PROFESSIONALY REMOVED
AND
RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENR PIGMENT

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HAND COMPOSITION

HANDS ARE **RADIUM INSERTED BLACK STEEL

ABSOLUTELY MATCHES THE PERIOD

THE SWEEP SECONDS HAD A RED TIP IN PHOTO
BUT UPON REMOVAL
WE COULD SEE THAT THE
ENTIRE HAND WAS ORIGINALLY RED

**RADIUM PROFESSIONALY REMOVED
AND
RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENR PIGMENT

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OUR SKINS STRAPS ARE NEW WELL MADE & TOP QUALITY
THIS STRAP IS HAND MADE IN ITALY & NOT CHINA
THE GENUINE LIZARD SKIN IS NOT ONLY TOP QUALITY
BUT HIGHLY DETAILED AND FINISHED
IF YOU WOUD LIKE A DIFFERENT COLOR. LET US KNOW

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WHAT A GREAT GIFT THIS ETERNAMATIC WOULD MAKE

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WIDTH SIZE IS 18MM
AS YOU CAN SEE
ITALY AND NOT CHINA

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GRAIN/SCALES ARE THE BEST YOU CAN BUY

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LONG LASTING AND WONDERFUL

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LOOK AT THE FINISH

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STAINLESS STEEL DEPLOYMENT BUCKLE

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EXTENDS THE LIFE OF STRAP
NO BUCKLING ON AND OFF

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AN EQUIVILENT TIME PIECE TODAY
WOULD BE PRICED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF
3500.00

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CLEAN
SMOOTH LINES
NICE WEIGHT
FULLY HAND DETAILED MOVEMENT
ALL STAINLESS
MINT CONDITION
NICE SIZE
33 x 40
W.O CROWN

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YOU REALIZE THE CASE IS 33 X 40 MM!
THE STRAP 18 MM WIDE
A VERY NICE SIZE
ESPECIALLY FOR THE PERIOD
WHEN MEN'S WATCH CASES WERE 28 TO 30 MM

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THE HANDS ARE DRYING IN THE UV OVEN
**RE-ILLUMINATED
WITH
AF-LUMINOVA
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
PHOSPHORESCENR PIGMENT

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ALL PARTS RESTORED
STEEL CASE IS AWESOME
AND
FINISHED LIKE NEW

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RESTORED AS WAS

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RADIUM IS PROFESSIONALLY REMOVED
HEN THANDS ARE RE-ILLUMINATED
HERE THEY ARE DRYING IN AN 85 WATT UV OVEN

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STEEL SCREW DOWN CASE BACK

SIGNED

WATERPROOF
[AFTER 1953 WATERPROOF DESIGNATION WAS NOT ALLOWED IN THE USA]
IMPERMEABLE
ANTIMAGNETIC
ETERNA MATIC
SWISS
SHOCK ABSORBER
ATERPROOF
SHOCK PROTECTED
AMORTISSEURM CHOCS

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STAINLESS STEEL
INTERIOR FINISHED
SCREW DOWN CASE BACK
BEFORE C;EANING

SIGNED

ETERNA WATCH CO
SWISS
ACIER
INOXYDABLE
A

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CASE BACK CLEANED
WITH
NEW RUBBER SEAL

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Eterna-Matic
1247T
NOTE THE 24KARAT GOLD GILT HOUR WHEEL

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1949
NOTE THE 24 KARAT GOLD GILT ROTOR

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1949
NOTE THE DETAILING

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Eterna 1247T

Features
automatic
sweep second

Data
12.5''', Dm= 27.6mm
H= 5.9mm
17 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 45h


In 1948 Eterna introduced it's first Ball Bearing Automatic watch with the ladies size:1194 through 1199. In 1949, Eterna introduced it's first gents automatic with ball-bearing rotor, the 1247T. The 247UT would soon follow with different rotor shape. What this represented was a  modifications during production period from T- to U shock device and to a modified calibre (suffix C). It is unknown whether all calibres were made in the variant TC (old shock device, new calibre).Signatures of UT versions were changed to UC (cf. 1247UT).


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CONDITION
- EXCELLENT TO FINE- 
WATCH WINDS SETS & KEEPS TIME