Eberhard & Co. is part of the coterie of luxury watch brands that took the opportunity to unveil new watches at one of the few major in-person events of 2021, the annual Couture watch and jewelry show at Wynn in Las Vegas. Headlining the venerable Switzerland House latest offerings is a modern revival of the Scientist, a 1961 model, presented in contemporary advertisements as “an antimagnetic watch for the scientist”, which was among the first watches to seriously tackle the problem of magnetic fields and their damaging effects on watch movements .
The steel case of the watch, its surfaces accommodating an array of brushed and polished finishes, measures 41mm in diameter and withstands water pressures of up to 100 meters. Inside the case, protected by an anti-magnetic soft iron inner cage as in the original 1961 watch, is the self-winding Sellita SW 300-1 caliber. with a 38-hour power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The matte black curved dial is very faithful in design to that of its 1961 ancestor, with triangular hour markers and a distinctive triangular-tipped hour hand contrasting with the stick-shaped minute hand. Two versions of the dial are available, one with a “vintage” colored lume on the hands and indexes, the other with an orange tinted lume.
The domed sapphire crystal on the dial is anti-reflective and the screw-down crown is marked with an Eberhard “E”. The solid caseback bears the same custom “magnetic resistance tested” emblem that distinguished the vintage model, with an “E” surrounded by magnetic bolts. The watch is offered either on a steel strap, with the choice of a folding clasp or two buttons, or on a water-resistant black leather strap, with a cordura insert or orange stitching, depending on the luminous color of the watch. dial. The Scientigraf is priced at $ 2,800 on the bracelet and $ 3,300 on the bracelet.