rare 1943 Eberhard pre-Extra-fort, 40mm. step case and tropical dial.
A flaw in the manufacturing process resulted in the occasional fading of the dial to a shade of brown, described as tropical dial or chocolate. Long sought after by collectors.
The step case chronographs are a special group of chronographs from the 1940s. The watches from this series are so called because of the shape of the case: the noticeable step between the crystal and the case edge. One characteristic of this watch is that the entire case is made from a single piece of steel, so the watch is less likely to have the water come into the case. That’s why it is called a monoblock case. To seal the connection between crystal and housing, an additional steel plate was manufactured and used.
Eberhard is a Swiss company founded in 1887. Known for its high quality work, Eberhard usually came up with good solutions to problems till then considered as minor by most people. It is also one of few houses that manufactured its own movements and it didn’t purchase any components from external suppliers. Eberhard pre Extra-Fort was a very good watch at the time it was released but soon afterwards it simply disappeared.