The Movado group is offering 75% off MSRP prices fo Ebel and Concord watches at the Movado Company Stores. That is a really excellent sale, one of the best I've seen this year. It will only last through Monday, though.
At my local MCS, I saw three Tektons, a 1911 BTR Chronograph on a rubber strap (like mine), and a 1911 BTR Chronograph with the caliber 139 movement on alligator (also like mine). This is the first time I've seen BTR chronographs in a few months. If you've been eyeing one of these, and you live near a Movado Company Store (found in premium outlet malls), this is your chance. They stopped making these in 2011, so the opportunities are steadily diminishing.
Ebel 1911 BTR Caliber 137:
Ebel 1911 BTR Caliber 139:
Both of these use the Ebel Caliber 137, which was an Ebel-owned movement design that they assembled from parts made for them first by Lemania, and later by Dubois-Depraz. They developed it with Nouvelle Lemania (before they were owned by Swatch) and this is a modified version of the Lemania 1340 that was used for several other watches at the high end, including the Breguet XX and a Ulysse Nardin. UN bought the movement and it is now their caliber 150.
It's a chance to own a high-grade chronograph with interesting and unique styling, built into a first-class watch, for well under two kilobucks.
I also saw several other models plus a range of ladies models. One such was a Brasilia chronograph, which uses an Ebel caliber 124 (an ETA 2894, top grade). It's a classic tank, but ultra-modern in interpretation, especially as a chronograph. I own two three-hand Brasilias, which measure up to the Cartiers that inspired them. In some ways they exceed them. See this excellent review of the Brasilia chronograph here, from which I linked this image. These are less expensive than the BTR models above.
I didn't see any more standard 1911 models, but other stores probably have them. Also, E-type chronographs (like the one below) have styling of a different sort, but also the excellent Caliber 137 chronograph movement. These will be the cheapest of all, maybe less than a kilobuck with this sale.
And maybe you'll see a Classic Hexagon that will be under two kilobucks:
All of these have proprietary straps, but I had occasion to price a reptilian replacement for the smooth leather strap on my Classic Hexagon above, and the genuine crocodile strap from Ebel is $253. Not cheap, but actually quite reasonable compared to the cost of similar (superb) quality straps from other watch companies. The rubber straps shown above are about half that. Ebel's parent company is stable and profitable (and enduring), so concerns about long-term service viability can be pretty minimal. Their service prices are similar to their strap prices--not the cheapest but lots cheaper than other Swiss companies at their retail price points. The Movado Company Stores sell these with full three-year manufacturer warranty.
Rick "for those who are waiting for one of the good sales" Denney