Accuracy, reliability and elegant discretion have been bringing life to Eterna creations for over one hundred and fifty years.

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  • About Eterna

    In 1856, Doctor Josef Girard and schoolmaster Urs Schild founded the “Dr. Girard & Schild” ‘Ebauche' factory in Grenchen. They worked together for four years before Dr. Girard, wishing to take up medicine again, decided to sell his shares to his partner.

    The Firm steadily grew and installed its first automatic machines of its own design. Thanks to its watches produced in-house, ‘Dr. Girard & Schild' became a manufacture in 1870.

    After the death of Urs Schild in 1888, the firm remained in the family and was renamed “Gebr. Schild & Co.” It launched the Eterna brand, which appeared for the first time on the dial of a pocket watch in 1889. The same year, Urs Schild's son Theodor, a mechanical engineer, took over as manager, remaining at the helm for 33 years.

    Eterna was at the forefront of the development of the wristwatch, and filed a patent for a special case with movable safety catches. Thanks to its innovations, the Firm won its first Grand Prix at the Universal Exposition in Brussels in 1910.

    Over the course of the following decade, Eterna pursued the same course, presenting a number of creations including a cigarette lighter watch, which wound itself up when lit.

    The Eterna-Matic rotor mounted on ball bearings first came out in 1948. From then on, Eterna dials have recalled this innovation, with the five ball bearings featured in the logo.

    The firm celebrated its centenary in 1956 with the “Centenaire” model. 21 years later, Eterna reconnected with its past as a manufacture proper, presenting no fewer than four new calibers in five years.

    In 2009, fifty years after the Eterna-Matic, the “Eterna Spherodrive” system, with its barrel mounted on ball bearings, was released. In 2012, Eterna launched the Adventic, the first model to sport the Manufacture 3843 caliber, itself powered by an Eterna Spherodrive.

  • Eterna's philosophy

    Accuracy, reliability and elegant discretion have been bringing life to Eterna creations for over one hundred and fifty years. Thanks both to aesthetic appearance and their movements, Eterna watches that have stood the test of years through successive generations, and the brand is now part of watchmaking heritage. Eterna has patiently acquired all the watchmaking skills required to earn the status of a genuine manufacture.

    The Firm is now home to all the required technologies and the craftsmen proficient in them, enabling it to be just as firmly established in the twenty-first century as it ever was – without  abandoning the timeless watches that have charted the course of its history.

  • Eterna's 5 key dates

    1856: The Firm is founded
    1914: Presentation of the smallest series-produced wristwatch with a baguette movement
    1948: Arrival of the ball bearing-mounted rotor, which becomes a part of the history of watchmaking as the Eterna-Matic
    2005: Creation of the ultra-flat 3030 caliber
    2009: Invention of the “Eterna Spherodrive” with a ball bearing-mounted barrel

  • Eterna's collections

    Adventic: With its unusual small seconds hand offset at nine o'clock and GMT dial positioned at six o'clock, the Adventic is a round timepiece that makes the most of traditional aesthetics.

    Vaughan: The Vaughan is sober and discrete, featuring Dauphine hands and large date, as well as a vintage-cum-contemporary style.

    Madison: The firm's only collection with a barrel case, this timepiece with complications is a blend of refinement and tradition.

    Heritage: This collection brings together the Firm's historic timepieces, preserving the original designs.

    Centenaire: Brought out for the Firm's centenary celebrations, the Centenaire displays subtle discretion in a 40 mm gold case.

    1948: With its sober round case and fine strap fitting close to the dial, the 1948 is a timeless model.

    KonTiki: The KonTiki, an icon of watchmaking, sails down through the ages like its illustrious source of inspiration, Thor Heyerdahl and the raft on which he crossed the seas.

    Tangaroa: With its iconic railtrack minute circle, the Tangaroa offers impeccable readability, featuring large hour markers on a black or grey dial.

    Artena: A classic men's or ladies' Quartz watch, the Artena is a contemporary timepiece of elegant sobriety.

    Contessa:  Drawing on Art Deco for its inspiration, the Contessa has a jewelled tonneau case and mother-of-pearl back.

  • Contact Eterna

    Eterna SA
    Schützengasse 46
    CH-2540 Grenchen
    T. +41 32 654 72 11

    Official website



The watch list

Featured Eterna Watches

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    Soleure Moonphase Chronograph

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    Kontiki Chronograph

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    KonTiki Date

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A gentle transition to Manufacture status

— Without making any revolutionary changes, Eterna is gently nudging its models towards original and softer lines, accompanied on the calibre front by a significant emergence of more in-house or Manufacture-made movements, of which there are however still too few to make them cost-effective for Eterna.
MARCH 24, 2015
Eterna Super KonTiki ref.1273.43. 41
Eterna, Adventic GMT

Adventic GMT

— The brand unveils the new Adventic GMT with Eterna in-house 3914A calibre.
MARCH 19, 2015
Eterna, Royal KonTiki Chronographe GMT

Royal KonTiki Chronographe GMT

— Eterna launches its first in-house chronograph.
FEBRUARY 13, 2015
Eterna Grace Open Art

Grace Open Art

— Its name alone suggests that this creation is a genuine work of art...
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
Happy New Year  © DR

2015: best wishes from watch industry CEOs

— Since 2014 is already a thing of the past for most watch industry CEOs, what could one wish them for 2015? WorldTempus has already popped the question.
DECEMBER 31, 2014
Réserve de marche
Power reserve

The end of an era

— There has been a distinct paradigm shift, with customers proving increasingly reluctant to accept a timepiece incapable of keeping going over the weekend. Brands are discreetly taking action, each in its own way, aided and abetted by the restructuring of the movement ébauche market.
DECEMBER 02, 2014

Saving energy: the ultimate quest in movement design

— The energy from the mainspring barrel is never fully delivered to the balance-wheel and a significant amount of energy is lost along the transmission chain. How can this be prevented?
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
Eterna Vaughan Big Date

Win an Eterna watch!

— Take your chance and win the wonderful Eterna Vaughan Big Date watch, worth CHF 4'900.-
NOVEMBER 03, 2014
Salon Belles Montres 2013

Salon Belles Montres

— The eighth edition of Salon Belles Montres will take place in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, November 21-23, 2014
OCTOBER 30, 2014
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Ladies’ watches in technicolour

— The arrival of the sun removes some of our inhibitions about what accessories to wear. And women’s watches don’t escape the rush of colour. A look at the unmissable details for the summer.
JULY 09, 2014
Tangaora Lady

Tangaora Lady

— The new watch for ladies from Eterna suggests a land of enchantment.
JULY 01, 2014
Eterna Open de Gstaad Credit Agricole Suisse

Partner with Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad

— Eterna renews its partnership for a second consecutive year.
JUNE 13, 2014
Eterna, Heritage, Military ref 1939.43.46.1299

Heritage Military

— Eterna is introducing today a limited edition in two versions of the Majetek, a historical timepiece.
JUNE 03, 2014
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    1948 Legacy

    — The 1948 Legacy of the brand Eterna is the contemporary interpretation of the model 1948.
    APRIL 04, 2014
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    — Baselworld - Feminine and elegant, the new Grace watch comes in eight models, featuring quartz or self-winding mechanical movements. Focus on the two-hands...
    MARCH 28, 2014
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    The essential KonTiki Date

    — Looking for a watch that is both affordable and iconic? Look no further – the Eterna KonTiki Automatic Date may be the answer. Here are the reasons why.
    MARCH 24, 2014
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    Baselworld 2014

    Different backgrounds, 2/2

    — Feminine or masculine, precious or sporty: a foretaste of a number of innovations to be unveiled at Baselworld.
    MARCH 19, 2014
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    Porsche Design

    Taking the helm

    — Porsche Design declared the end of the licensing partnership with Eterna and announced it will produce its own timepieces under the guidance of Gerhard J....
    MARCH 14, 2014
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    Porsche Design Timepieces

    — Eterna and the Porsche Design Group are ending their license agreement for the development, production and sale of high-quality watches.
    MARCH 11, 2014
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    Seventies Revival

    Funkytown Watches

    — It was an almost fatal decade for the watchmaking industry, but also the most creative in terms of case design and color combinations. The Seventies are back.
    FEBRUARY 17, 2014
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    New Vice-President Marketing & Sales

    — Eterna has announced the appointment of Bruno Jufer as Vice-President Marketing & Sales with effect from the beginning of this year.
    JANUARY 17, 2014
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    And the winner is...

    — The winner of the Eterna-WorldTempus November contest has received her prize, a KonTiKi Date watch.
    JANUARY 12, 2014