Eberhard Scafodat 500
Eberhard & Co, a brand often associated with chronographs, has produced a diving watch which looks capable of withstanding many perils below the sea. Angus Davies reviews the Eberhard Scafodat 500.
This detailed review of the Eberhard Scafodat 500 includes specification details.
Diving is not for the faint-hearted. With immense forces bearing down on the subaquatic explorer and the significant perils of menancing creatures, waiting to sting, bite or swallow the unsuspecting, some will question the wisdom of entering such perilous waters.
Clearly, there are some who need to venture beneath the waves as part of their professional role. Others may choose to seek adrenaline-fuelled thrills underwater for leisure, maybe trying to sate some inner psychological need.
The diver’s watch has become a genre of timepiece which has enjoyed a disproportionate demand from the public. The majority of diving watches purchased will seldom be exposed to more than a brief dousing beneath the shower. Nevertheless, they prove popular mainly because of their robust construction and engineering integrity.
Eberhard & Co, a brand often associated with chronographs, has produced a diving watch which looks capable of withstanding many perils below the sea. However, like many, I am drawn to its aesthetics rather than any overwhelming need to venture into chilly waters and dampen by receding hairline.
Hours and minutes are conveyed with large white, rhodium-plated hands lined with luminescent material. They proffer good legibility, a prerequisite for underwater use.
A lithe central seconds hand is located above the black dial canvas; the hand features a triangular tip, is luminescent and framed with a red border.
At 3 o’clock a date display is presented. The frame of the aperture overlaps a triangular shaped index. Luminous equilateral triangles are repeated at 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and noon.
An adjustable bi-directional rotating flange frames the dial, marked with a 60-minute scale. The indices are white and luminescent within the usual 15 minute ascent range depicted.
The nomenclature of the brand is located below noon and the model name is presented above 6 o’clock. The suffix, “500” indicates the water resistance of the timepiece, expressed in metres.
The stainless steel case measures 44 mm in diameter and has a height of 15 mm. It is substantial, aiding legibility and reaffirming the masculine persona of the watch. It successfully blends satin-brushed and polished surfaces, albeit some may argue that glinting metal beneath water could attract unwanted attention.
A crown at 2 o’clock is used for adjusting the time, as well as winding the mainspring when required. The crown at 4 o’clock is over-sized, designed for adjusting the inner bezel and providing ease of use by virtue of its large proportions.
The Eberhard Scafodat 500 is suitable for professional use and includes a helium escape valve on its left hand flank.
Typical of many diver’s watches, the caseback is solid, retained with six screws and features a Seahorse motif in relief.
The Eberhard Scafodat 500 houses a calibre ETA 2824-2, self-winding movement. The movement has seen reliable service in numerous watches over the years, providing potential wearers with the reassurance that despite any potential dangers looming in the ocean, they can at least be relaxed that their watch will operate with unfailing precision.
I make no pretense that I would purchase a diver’s watch to push it to the extremes of its performance envelope. My own interest in diver’s watches is that they ooze manliness from every angle and appear capable of withstanding everyday wear courtesy of intrinsic robustness.
The Eberhard Scafodat 500 is available with either an ergonomic rubber strap or a special Chicane steel bracelet, with a patented expandable system and patented Dèclic deployant, ensuring optimal wearer comfort whether worn over a diver’s suit or accompanying a dinner suit at a black-tie event.
This brings me to the key aspect of the Scafodat 500, you do not need to endanger life and limb to enjoy its handsome chiseled features. It is a worthy timepiece to accompany jeans and t-shirt or equally formal attire. Indeed, with this watch, no testosterone fuelled adventures are required to enjoy its obvious appeal.
- Model: Eberhard Scafodat 500
- Reference: 41025
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 44.00 mm; height 15.00 mm; water resistant to 50 bar (500 metres); sapphire crystal to front and solid caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; date; bi-directional inner bezel.
- Movement: ETA 2824-2; Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz) ; 25 jewels; power reserve not less than 38 hours