Eterna Watch in Silver is a great find coming from one of the top makers on the planet.
On 7 November 1856, Dr. Joseph Girard and Urs Schild, a 28-year-old school teacher, founded the ebauche factory “Dr. Girard & Schild“. Eight years later the enterprise set out the mutual rights and obligations of employees and employers in writing. Urs Schild became a National Councilor in 1882. Six years later, he died at the age of 58. After the death of Urs Schild his son Max took over the company and soon made a business trip to the United States. He returned to introduce machinery to the craftsmen. Max Schild was ahead of his time and his ideas were unpopular. Discouraged, he left the company and handed power over to his brother Theodore, with whom Eterna entered into a prosperous 20th century.
In the 1900s, wristwatches were just starting to become fashionable. Schild Fréres, as the company was then known, started to produce ladies’ wristwatches adapted from small pocket watches. In 1905, the company changed its name to Eterna. The company continued to be at the leading edge of watch development, and in 1908 it patented the first alarm wristwatch. The watch went into production in 1914 and was launched at the Swiss National Exhibition in Berne that year.
|Dial Color Primary||White|
|Dial Color Secondary||Grey|
|Dial Markers||Arabic Numerals|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|
|Clasp Type||Push button deployment|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Case Back Material||Stainless Steel|
|Case Back Type||Snap-down|
|Hand Color(s)||Gold-Tone Hour, Minute, and Second Hands|
|Movement Origin Country||Switzerland|
|Movement Caliber||ETA 955.412|