SCAFOGRAF 300 “MCMLIX” Edition
Sixty Years Old, But You Would Never Tell
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, in the fury of the economic boom, Swiss watchmaking made enormous strides in the field of technical horlogerie. Eberhard & Co. was one of the main players in this golden age, asserting its prime position through its skill in developing timepieces that would leave their mark for years to come.
Launched in 1959 to meet increasing demand for reliable diving watches, the SCAFOGRAF collection has been one of the biggest success stories of the La Chaux-de-Fonds workshop. The technical characteristics of the watches made them one of the most coveted instruments for diving enthusiasts.
The first two models, water resistant to 100 and 200 metres respectively, immediately climbed to the apex of the market, encouraging Eberhard & Co. to take on new challenges. The result was the Scafograf 300 (a version for professional divers), and its subsequent evolutions which could resist depths of up to 1000 metres. With the advent of dive computers, worn on the wrist, the race to make diving watches suffered a setback, but over time, as often happens, watch and diving enthusiasts once again started to request products that straddle both passions.
In 2016, Eberhard & Co. returned with the re-edition of the SCAFOGRAF 300, a diving watch that exceeded all expectations in terms of awards. In fact, that same year, it received the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the most prestigious recognition in the haute horlogerie sector.
The SCAFOGRAF 300 is an automatic-winding mechanical diving watch with a 43 mm Ø steel case, unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel, curved sapphire glass and valve enabling the release of helium at 9 o’clock.
A celebratory edition has been called “MCMLIX”, in Roman numerals the year of the collection’s birth. The all-black dial and ceramic bezel are animated by hands and markers with “vintage” luminescence. The caseback is decorated with the symbol of the collection, a star fish, while the black rubber strap is integrated and features small reliefs in the shape of the House “shield” on the inside to improve breathability. The numerals “MCMLIX” are imprinted on the dial, as a tribute to a very significant step in Eberhard & Co.’s history.