Eterna Watches was founded in 1856
In 1856 necessity made local heroes of Dr. Josef Girard and schoolteacher Urs Schild. Together, in the economically stressed town of Grenchen at the foothills of the Jura Mountains in Western Switzerland, they set up a workshop to produce rough watch movements known then as blanks. Thanks to their efforts, Grenchen took its first foray into prosperity as this production of pocket watch blanks eventually became the production of complete watches. From the little workshop at the feet of the Jura Mountains, the Eterna Watch Company was born. But the competition of the Industrial Age kept Girard and Schild on their toes, forcing them to build their watches with more precision and accuracy. Hard work and innovation paid off. By 1866, Schild, alone at the head of the fledgling company, produced a line of alarm watches. Eterna no longer was just a watch company. It was a pioneer.
Swiss Craftsmanship of Eterna Watches
Swiss made is the best account one can give of any watch and Eterna is a quality pioneer as well. All its watches come with either ETA precision movements and a self-winding mechanical design with a ball-bearing-mounted rotor for extreme accuracy. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystals are mandatory, of course, along with water resistance to 30 meters. All of Eterna's watches come with a date window and most with a seconds sub dial. Its line of chronographs have screw-locked case backs and screw-locked crowns with crown guards, bi-directional rotating bezels, and three sub dials: a seconds sub-dial, a 30-minute totalizer, and a 12-hour totalizer.
Eterna Watches have a Distinctive Style
Eterna makes watches to work and to last. But in the process they have not forgotten the aesthetics of beauty and style. The Eterna 1935 Collection reflects the trim, smart, rectangular look of the 1930s that in turn reflected the architectural lines and designs of that decade, but it does so without sacrificing the technological advances of today. Made of gorgeously polished and satin-finished stainless steel cases and bracelets, they are also complemented with extremely handsome ostrich straps. Their dial faces are clean, legible, and sleek. The Eterna Cambridge Automatic has a classic round case with a good-looking wide-faced dial that sports luminous figures and hands, while the Eterna Cambridge Chronograph boasts a polished dial face with all the chronographic appointments clearly delineated. The Eterna Pulsometer is a chronograph with an attitude. Like the Cambridge Chronograph, it comes with a matte crocodile strap either in black or brown, but sports a beautiful case of either 18 karat rose gold or stainless steel. In contrast, the Eterna Airforce Automatic, Airforce Automatic Chronograph, and Super Kontiki Chronograph are powerful and professional tools with water resistance from 120 to 300 meters, ratcheted unidirectional rotating bezels, luminous guide marks and 0-60 minute graduations.