Eterna

Accuracy, reliability and elegant discretion have been bringing life to Eterna watches for nearly 160 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

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Featured Eterna Watches

  • Eterna - Super KonTiki Chronograph

    Eterna

    Super KonTiki Chronograph

  • Eterna - Royal KonTiki Chronograph

    Eterna

    Royal KonTiki Chronograph

  • Eterna - For Him

    Eterna

    Eternity

    For Him

  • Eterna - 1948 for Him Chronograph

    Eterna

    Heritage

    1948 for Him Chronograph

  • Eterna - Skeleton

    Eterna

    Heritage

    Skeleton

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GPHG – the final countdown

— 80 years of flyback chronos, 72 preselected watches for the GPHG and one Eterna ladies’ watch to win
SEPTEMBER 05, 2016
Eternity for Her Quartz
Competition

Win an Eterna watch

— Our monthly competition offers you the unique opportunity to win an Eterna Eternity for Her watch worth CHF 2,790.-.
SEPTEMBER 05, 2016
Chrono flyback cover
Flyback chronographs

80 years of flyback chronographs

— The anniversary dates of historical models are generally well known, while those of the patents behind them are often forgotten. 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of the patent for a major horological complication: the flyback chronograph.
SEPTEMBER 05, 2016
GPHG Exceptions mécaniques
GPHG 2016

Mechanical exception

— We close our overview of the categories in the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève today with an introduction to the watches entered for the Mechanical Exception award.
AUGUST 30, 2016
Eterna 1948 For Him Réveil
Eterna

1948 For Him Réveil

— Having worn the vintage 1948 For Him Réveil by Eterna for a few weeks, it’s time to share some of my impressions.
AUGUST 24, 2016
Eterna histoire video
Eterna

Video. A 160-year history

— The video retraces the history of Eterna, born in 1856.
AUGUST 05, 2016
GPHG Montres Dame
GPHG 2016

Ladies' watches

— Twenty-four candidates are entered in the ladies’ watch category of GPHG 2016, and there is a highly diverse range of entrants.
AUGUST 05, 2016
Eterna
Eterna

Seven things you never knew about... Eterna

— This year Eterna is celebrating its 160th anniversary. What many people don’t realise is that this discreet and successful company has been responsible for some of the major breakthroughs in modern watchmaking. WorldTempus is hoping to correct this oversight.
AUGUST 04, 2016
Eterna 1948 For Him Le Réveil
Eterna

"1948 For Him" Réveil

— This new timepiece is the modern update of an iconic Eterna watch, as evidenced by its vintage design.
AUGUST 02, 2016
Eterna Super KonTiki Chrono
Eterna

Reallife testing

— Accomplished diver and watch expert, Jason Heaton, takes KonTiki watches underwater for a reallife testing experience.
JULY 27, 2016
Eterna Diving in Bonaire
Eterna

Underwater

— Jason Heaton tested the Eterna SuperKonTiki Chronograph and the Eterna Lady Kontiki Diver in Bonaire, a mecca for scuba divers.
JULY 12, 2016
Eterna Collection Eternity
Eterna

Eternity

— Inspired by Eterna’s timepieces from the 1950s and 60s, the Eternity Collection offers contemporary classics for today’s men and women.
JUNE 06, 2016
Eterna Skeleton
Eterna

Skeleton

— Eterna presents the Skeleton timepiece, a limited edition of 3 versions of 160 pieces, honouring the brand's 160th anniversary.
MAY 23, 2016