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    Default Eberhard New Arrival - a Diascope at last

    On and off, I have been looking around for one of these for ages. I am so glad that after missing a couple in the last few years, I found exactly the version I wanted, at a reasonable cost. It arrived to me from Italy yesterday, 2 days from ordering on chrono24 through the secure checkout system. Bravo to Bernado Antichita in Firenze.
    So, Why this?
    As you know, I am primarily a Lemania collector, and this is an example of one of two unique complications on the Lemania 5100 engineered and soley used by Eberhard.

    This one was called the 5195, and in this variation the 5100 loses the day and date, plus the tied day/night indicator at 12. But it gains an independently-set 24-hr hand at 3, a GMT hand. Here I have set at it European time, GMT+1. Western European time.
    (For completeness I should mention that the other Eberhard complication was called Mareoscope and had a tide indicator)

    This version gives 5100 funtionality in chronograph terms (central seconds and minutes), no date, compax layout, and the addition of an independent GMT hand. Which is a powerfully attractive combination.

    Eberhard did a few different iterations of this, and this is my preferred one. The one I have been looking for.

    It, along with the others, dates from the late 1990s and is called the Cheftain Diascope. This one comes with a very dark metallic blue dial, silver sub-dials of very tight grailing (the official term for the concentric rings in sub-dials, I am led to believe).

    Other options included white dial ones with blue subdials, blue dials with gold indices, and versions with the bezel radially cut on the hour markers.

    But on this, the case is very plain, with all surfaces polished, including the rather novel Octagonal crown and shrouded pushers.
    The original strap is a dark blue lizard, but there is such a thing as too much blue, so I have bunged it onto a Chestnut Di-Modell jumbo until I find something else in a darker rich brown to put it on.

    The case is exactly 38mm, but the relatively slim bezel and tachy chapter ring leave a larger diameter dial than many, and the proportions for the sub-dials look good, with no overlap and respectable distance to the edge of the dial.

    The dark blue dial is mesmeric, especially with the faceted silver indices, creased hands, and the sub-dial grailing so tight that it creates polychromatic effects like a CD surface.

    All hands are silver save the chrono-minutes, which is dial-matched blue with a red arrow tip at the end. These are unique hand set for the 5100 family movement, not recycling of a bought-in set that you will also see on other models.

    This colour combo perhaps does not make it the most legible chrono, but it certainly maintains the visual intrigue. As an example of the dressier end of the Lemania pantheon, I can forgive the slight drop in legibility for its mesmeric nature.

    We do not discuss Eberhard here very much, but I know there are a few fans. This is my first one, and I am very impressed, the attention to detail is very good, the design cohesive and the overall effect very pleasing and high quality.

    A lovely decorative chronograph with high functionality.

    Some photos, taken just now. None of these are in direct light, so the dial is showing its more sombre moods, the blue really does sparkle in sunlight.







    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

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    Hi Dave,

    i like it

    Eberhard is italian, right? For me most of the italien watch designs of the 80ies/90ies are over the top: too much gold/bi color/strange design elements.

    Yours is on the right side: it is a bit 'shiny', but not too much for me. (I mean, even the blue Lorenz is a bit shiny with it's silver applications around the registers...)

    Cool movement with classic dial configuration. The GMT is set like the date on a 5100, right?

    Congrats

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    Looks absolutely great. Congrats.

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    Thanks Gents.
    Just had a look on their website. Italian-sounding executives, but a .ch website quoting prices in CHF and formed in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Wiki now states tehy are based in Bienne.
    It is certainly true that they seem to be much more present in the Italian market, and many of their models show an Italian bias, Frecce Tricolori, Tazio Nuvolari, Traversetolo.
    Yes, the GMT is advanced in hour increments on the first crown detent.
    And yes, it is a bit shiny, but not everything in life can be tactical matte.
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    Ha! love that one... although the Sailing one with cream dial is my favourite.... good score my friend.

    Speaking of scores I shot the new Bremonts last weekend... you will not be disappointed @DaveS
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    Nice catch Dave ,

    I like too italian watches : Lorenz , Eberhard ...

    JL+

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturnin View Post
    Nice catch Dave ,

    I like too italian watches : Lorenz , Eberhard ...

    JL+
    Hey there JL, nice to hear from you.

    Al - look forward to seeing those shots @ATG
    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

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