Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

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    Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

    Inherited an Anatomic that belonged to my grandfather. I've looked through the web and found lots of references of course, but never to one with the 24 hour markings. Its interesting to me that doing this blocks out the five point pentagon Eterna ball bearing trademark. Is this a redial? I would not have expected my grandfather to do that, not his kind of thing to go that deep. He would have just bought a different watch.

    When it came to me it would not run more than a couple seconds after giving it several swings. I sent it down to the city for a general overhaul using my local jeweler who a friend does bookkeeping for. Watch came back looking great. Keeps great time, has a decent power reserved of 36 hours or so. New crystal because the old one was fairly scratched up. I tried polishing it out with compound and got it looking pretty decent, but figured if they could put it a NOS crystal I'd be better off...so they did.

    The problem I have though is that I can't get the Day window to adjust at the first crown position. I can roll the Date forward and the Day will change with it, but if I roll back it will not change the Day. Should it?
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    Re: Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

    Welcome to Watchuseek. Your post seems to have been swallowed up by the system for a while (it was automatically unapproved) and I have restored it for you. Yes, I'm afraid that the watch is very likely redialled: the lettering doesn't really look very crisp from here and the "SEVENDAY" is also too close to the numbers to be believable. As for the date, I would have to know the exact movement tro be able to give a definite answer.

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    Re: Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

    According to the Ranfft archive, the cal 1543 (which seems to be a common movement for this model) has a quick-set date, but not a quick-set day.

    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: Eterna 1543
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    Re: Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

    An original dial


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    Re: Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

    Thanks everyone so far! Numbers that I can see.

    Outside of caseback: 5679720

    Inside of caseback:153T

    On the movement itself: 17 Jewels & K1543

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    Re: Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

    And I'm curious if the hands would have originally had some luminescence? The photo shared above looks kind of like they did.

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    Re: Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

    Quote Originally Posted by ClayORA View Post
    And I'm curious if the hands would have originally had some luminescence? The photo shared above looks kind of like they did.
    It's hard to tell from your photos, but I think your watch does have aged lume in the hands.
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    Re: Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

    Did your grandfather do something that required knowing the time in a 24 hour format? May he just had the numbers added.

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    Re: Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

    He was a Sea Bee in the second war. Spent the 40's in the pacific building harbors and airstrips. So he was used to the military time I'm sure...but I don't think he would have gone out of his way to redial a watch that he had to have bought new, or only very slightly used. He was kind of a watch guy to a degree...his fathers and grandfathers had been railroad men. My dad still has all the pocket watches from the great grandfathers that were passed down. But by the mid to late 70's my granddad, the one with the Eterna, was sinking all of his funds into a hou.....t project to live on in retirement that he finished in 1986. So its a bit of a mystery about the 24hour markings on the Anatomic...will probably stay that way. Is fun to wear though knowing its probably one of a kind.

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    Re: Help ID'ing a Vintage Eterna

    Maybe the numbers are decals, like the ones people put on pocket watches.
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