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***NOW SOLD***2016 Eterna Heritage Military 1939 Czech Air Force Ltd. Edition - 'Big Turtle'


2016 Eterna 1939.43.46.1299 Czech Air Force 1939 limited edition modern re-issue, sometimes called "the big turtle".

In approximately 1939 the Czechoslovak authorities approached Eterna, as military pilots needed a wristwatch made to precise specifications. As a result, Eterna obliged and produced for the Czech Air Force a piece, not dissimilar to the modern reproduction seen here. The originals still attract a great interest from collectors, which is probably why the company reissued it!

Some of the original 1939 models were engraved “Majetek Vojenské Správy,” which translated is roughly “military property”. Some, but not all of the original military issued watches also had a small set of crossed daggers engraved into one lug of the case. These original watches where used by pilots and soldiers in the Czechoslovakian armed forces during WWII and are commonly know as the “Majetek”. To commemorate this chapter of military horological history, Eterna have hereby released a heritage piece, combining their rich history and experience in watchmaking with modern design and technological advancements, in a beautiful PVD-coated black matte case with a sapphire crystal. 

Today the Eterna 1939 Heritage Military Limited Edition is made more for collectors than for military use and in so many ways, this reissue has a close resemblance to the original 1939 model. They share a very similar cushion-style case with round dial, the noticeable differences are the black PVD coated case and the very discrete date aperture above the 6 o’clock marker. 

Only 500 of these were ever made, and so form part of a rare collectable set. 

This particular example is in fantastic condition with very little indication the watch has been worn. The only blemish we can see is a minute mark on the lower right lug, though the watch is otherwise in complete mint condition with a full set of box and papers.

  • Model ref: 43.46.1299
  • Year: 2016
  • Warranty length: 12 Months
  • Box and papers: Yes
  • Movement type, calibre and jewels: Automatic, Cal: ETA2894-2 25J
  • Case: Black PVD on Stainless Steel
  • Dial: Black
  • Crystal: Glass
  • Bracelet: Original Leather Strap
  • Width (w/o crown): 40mm
  • Height, lug to lug: 49mm
  • Lug width: 22mm
  • Wrist size: Adjustable