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    INCOMING: Yet Another Ebel

    The discounts were stacked on each other this weekend, resulting in paying less than 25 cents on the retail dollar. Couldn't pass it up, even though I'm really all Ebeled up at the moment. But my 1911 BTR Chronograph now has a sister, a 1911 BTR Chronograph. But they are not twins; the new one uses the caliber 139, which has a truly unique hands display--I've never seen another chronograph like it. I had previously seen the 139 (and the 245 and others) on the Tekton, which I haven't learned to like. This is the first I've seen it in the 44mm BTR case. Here's a couple of quick lousy iPad pics:

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    The Caliber 139 is a variation on the 137, which was Ebel's exclusive version developed with Nouvelle Lemania before they were bought by Swatch. The base is a Lemania 1350, of course, but with many specific Ebel design additions. Movado hired Thomas van der Kallen to head up Ebel when MGI bought Ebel in 2004, and he was the force behind the BTR line, which he introduced in 2007. He found the cal. 139 drawings in a desk drawer, where they had languished without approval to manufacture under LVMH. They started production and ran from maybe 2009 until late 2011. By this time, Lemania was Manufacture Brequet, under the Swatch yoke, and no longer available to Ebel. So they used Dubois Depraz to make the specialized parts for the movement, and then Ebel assembled and adjusted the movements in their shops.

    The dial is a skeleton, and the perlage in the pictures is the dial-side of the main plate of the movement. The running seconds is shown by a three-pointed star hand in an open circle on the left. The minute totalizer uses a three-pointed hand that runs around the center arbor, counting up to 30 on a 120-degree sector dial between 10 and 2. When one point gets to 30, the next point is reaching zero to count up the next half hour. The hour totalizer is a rotating dial visible through a dial opening at the bottom, and is marked in half hours. The date ring is mostly hidden by the chapter ring, and the date window is at 3. It has a magnifier, but it is mounted on the dial under the crystal--no silly bump on the surface of the crystal. Instead of the rubber bezel on my other BTR Chrono, this one has a steel bezel with a tachymeter engraved in its front surface--this is a larger and more readable tachymeter scale than on the regular BTR.

    The crown has a black rubber insert with the Ebel logo, but the black pushers are not rubber, but rather PVD-coated steel. Only the crown is a screw-down. WR is 10 ATM, as with the cal. 137 BTR. But the black alligator strap is certainly not waterproof. Crystal is double AR-coated, as is the case with all Ebels, and as well done as any watch I've seen. But the crystal is flat, as with most Ebels except the Brasilia.

    COSC-certified, of course, as were all the BTR-era 1911 models.

    I'm backed up on pictures with the good camera, but these will hopefully do for now.

    Rick "noting the best combinations of discounts seen on Ebels yet" Denney
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    Re: INCOMING: Yet Another Ebel

    Nice looking watch there! Not seen that one before, very cool.

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    Re: INCOMING: Yet Another Ebel

    Very nice! You sir are the Ebel king!


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    Re: INCOMING: Yet Another Ebel

    Nice watch.....So, how long have you been working for Ebel,now?
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    Re: INCOMING: Yet Another Ebel

    Nice looking watch Mr Ebel.

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    Re: INCOMING: Yet Another Ebel

    Interesting piece there. Solid choice.

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    Re: INCOMING: Yet Another Ebel

    It's a unique and interesting chronograph. What percent of the Ebels on this forum do you think you own now? Congrats on your new Ebel!
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    Re: INCOMING: Yet Another Ebel

    I like the dial on that one actually. Never really liked Ebels cases though.

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    Re: INCOMING: Yet Another Ebel

    I have an Ebel and love it. That face is too busy more my taste though, but if you like it go for it. It's definitely an interesting looking watch.

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    Re: INCOMING: Yet Another Ebel

    Interesting piece although aesthetically is not my cup of tea. It reminds of Cartier Rotonde center chronograph.

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