The Scafograf 300 MCMLIX Edition

Summer Vibes: Eberhard & Co Brings Back A Legendary 1950s Diver – The Scafograf 300 MCMLIX Edition

After a COVID-induced delay, Eberhard & Co. unveils its selection of new timepieces for 2020, and there is a lot to talk about.

By Sophie Furley

The first timepiece in the 2020 line-up is the Scafograf 300 MCMLIX Edition, a wristwatch that finds its inspiration in a historic piece that was released by the brand in 1959.

Eberhard & Co.’s Scafograf Collection

The 1950s and 60s were an important time in the history of Eberhard & Co. as the watch company produced numerous timepieces that were at the height of technology for the day. The Scafograf was among them, and this iconic model has remained one of the most popular models in Eberhard & Co.’s collection.

A Watch For The Diving Enthusiast

The Scafograf was the result of increasing demand from diving enthusiasts for quality instruments to assist them in their calculations under the water. Thus, the original Scafograf featured a uni-directional rotating bezel that would monitor the elapsed time spent diving. The first Scafografs were water-resistant to 100 meters and 200 meters, leading later to a 300-meter water-resistance model for professional divers.

The Shift From An Instrument To A Lifestyle

With the advent of the diving computer, the mechanical diving watch became less essential. Although many divers still prefer to wear one as a backup just in case their electronic devices malfunction or run out of power. The mechanical diving watch has also taken on a new role over the years, now becoming the perfect accessory to express a love for the water and an active lifestyle.

The New Scafograf 300 MCMLIX Edition

Eberhard & Co. re-introduced the Scafograf into its current-day collection in 2016 and it has become one of the brand’s biggest success stories. The same year that it was released, it won the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) prize in the sports watch category, catching the watch-loving world’s attention.

All The Details

This new MCMLIX Edition is a re-edition of a model from 1959 with the Roman numerals marking this date in the name of the watch, but also on the dial. This celebratory edition comes in a 43mm stainless steel case with a ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel and is powered by an automatic movement. It indicates the hours, minutes, and seconds in the center and a date at 3 o’clock. Also, the sapphire crystal features an automatic valve at 9 o’clock to release the helium that can build up during a dive.

Vintage Touches

When looking at the dial, the eye moves instantly to the markers that include four large triangles marking the 12, 3, 6, and 9 positions. Additionally, all the indices and hands have been enhanced with white Super-LumiNova. The original 1959 version had a slightly yellow luminescence, so this bright white coloring brings increased readability in low light. Other features to note are a caseback with a decoration of a starfish and a choice of an elegant brown leather strap or a black rubber strap.

The Scafograf 300 MCMLIX Edition will be in stores this summer, so look out for it in the shop windows where it will be waiting anxiously to be taken to the beach!

Stay tuned to Watchonista for more of Eberhard & Co.’s 2020 models over the summer.

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