Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

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    Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

    Today I show you a SKIFF! Which is a completely obscure brand, of course.



    Its in nice condition. The stem was coming out when pulled, but I managed to fix that. Just waiting for a 17mm strap off ebay for it.



    Nice recessed crown - some wear.




    And it has an Eta 1256 - which is, apparently, Eta's first rotor auto.

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...2uswk&ETA_1256

    Anybody else got a Skiff?
    Last edited by Marrick; January 12th, 2013 at 17:13. Reason: Dead picture links replaced
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    Re: Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

    Nice one! No, I don't have a SKIFF - I don't even have an ETA 1256. Which was actually not the first ETA automatic, it was the first ETA rotor automatic (they had bumper winds before that).

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

    Nifty watch--I love the bouncing letters on "Skiff".

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    Re: Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Nice one! No, I don't have a SKIFF - I don't even have an ETA 1256. Which was actually not the first ETA automatic, it was the first ETA rotor automatic (they had bumper winds before that).

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    Re: Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

    Quote Originally Posted by dougcee View Post
    Nifty watch--I love the bouncing letters on "Skiff".
    Thanks - me too.
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    Re: Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

    Hi Hartmut,
    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    an ETA 1256. Which was actually not the first ETA automatic, it was the first ETA rotor automatic (they had bumper winds before that).
    I also thought that the 1256 was both, the first ETA rotor automatic and the
    first ETA automatic anyhow. Since 1941 there were few Eterna bumpers, but
    as far as I know none was sold as ETA calibre to competitors. Also none of
    my registers lists an ETA bumper. But nevertheless I'm not sure, and probably
    you can give any further information.

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    Re: Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

    Gorgeous watch! The recessed crown is a beautiful period touch. My father has a Titoni Rotomatic with the same feature. It sort of announces "you will never need to wind your watch ever again!". A celebration of auto-winding.

    Regarding the strap, if it's not too much gold for you, I reckon a vintage thin telescopic stretch bracelet with a subtle pattern on it would be perfect.
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    Re: Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    Gorgeous watch! The recessed crown is a beautiful period touch. My father has a Titoni Rotomatic with the same feature. It sort of announces "you will never need to wind your watch ever again!". A celebration of auto-winding.

    Regarding the strap, if it's not too much gold for you, I reckon a vintage thin telescopic stretch bracelet with a subtle pattern on it would be perfect.
    Thanks Chascomm. I have an Eterna Centenaire 61 with a similarly recessed crown - not quite as much as this.

    But no, I just don't like stretch bracelets - thanks for the thought anyway.
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    Re: Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

    very interesting.

    That automatic winding system is a single reverser design, basically the same as the 2892. By the late 1950's and the 23xx series they had switched to the double reverser design, a design that remained unchanged upto the 2824.

    I wonder what caused them to change to a double reverser design? And why did they feel the need to switch back?
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    Re: Skiff with earliest Eta auto 1256

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Thanks Chascomm. I have an Eterna Centenaire 61 with a similarly recessed crown - not quite as much as this. !
    Marrick, this is interesting. Yours is the black one right? I have a similar eterna, but not the '61 - and I would have said the crown was equally recessed as this Skiff. I guess I ought to go back and look again at some of your photos....

    Also, I need to go and necro the 'in praise of eterna' thread... as I have a new arrival that is very nice

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