Hands-On: The Eberhard Scafograf 300, A Solid Diver That Happens To Be The 'Sports Watch Of The Year'

Hands-On: The Eberhard Scafograf 300, A Solid Diver That Happens To Be The 'Sports Watch Of The Year'

The lines of the “new” Scafograf 300 are enlivened by the first 1960s plunging watch, albeit the lyre hauls of the first are gone.

While Eberhard is more celebrated for its attention on chronographs (particularly the larger than average “Ultra Fort,” signifying “solid” in English), one ought not fail to remember their other all around regarded apparatus watches. Eberhard had not just delivered  an antimagnetic wristwatch called the Scientigraf  in request to compete with the Rolex Milgauss, the Omega Railmaster and the IWC Ingenieur, yet in addition had a full scope of plunge watches, called the Scafograf. The absolute initial one was dispatched in the last part of the 1950s with a water opposition of 100 meters (henceforth the Scafograf 100 name). In 1959, the Scafograf 200 followed, presenting a turning bezel that expanded the case size from 35mm to 42.5mm (and you can likely estimate the profundity rating). Not long after, in 1964, the Scafograf 300 followed, and the family extended until the mid-1980s when the company delivered the quartz-controlled Scafograf 1000, a jumping beast indistinguishable from the Breitling SuperOcean Deep Sea.

The dial is even, neat and calm, similar to the dark bezel.

A few months prior, at Baselworld 2016, Eberhard presented another understanding of the Scafograf 300, which held a portion of the plan components of the first form (however quite, the first lyre hauls vanished) yet with the expansion of a helium get away from valve at 9 o’clock. The case measurements remained genuinely comparable, with a 43mm distance across and a 12.6mm thickness. The new Scafograf 300 comes in three diverse configurations. 

To reword Henry Ford on body paint alternatives for the Ford Model T, you can have your decision of any tone for the dial and bezel as long as it’s dark. The second hand, nonetheless, can be in steel, or shaded either yellow or blue. Moreover, every one of these watches comes on an elastic tie, or on a tempered steel wristband (more regarding this matter in a moment). As would be normal for a jumper’s watch, the weight isn’t immaterial, going from 116 grams on the elastic tie to 190 grams on the arm band (in comparison with the 201 grams of the 44mm Grand Seiko SBGA029, or the 173 grams of the 40mm Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000). 

The caseback plainly records the attributes of the Scafograf 300.

Eberhard previously offered jumping watches inside the Scafo Collection, yet without a doubt the plan of the Scafograf 300 is more wide in allure than that of the Scafodat 500, which has a totally colossal second crown at 4:00 , alongside a locking button, for working the inward turning bezel. The completing of the Scafograf 300 matches its traditional appearance; it closely resembles a genuine jump watch. Playing with the unidirectional bezel has exactly the same strong effect; the snaps are perfect and articulated, there is none of the detachment that can destroy the experience (or your life on the off chance that you really allude to the bezel during a plunge, and it has slipped from the right position). 

Additionally, making the bezel embed in fired was a truly applicable move (an earthenware bezel is well en route to becoming the default for plunge watches) since this material offers a vastly improved protection from scratches than the anodized aluminum all the more regularly utilized for this reason, just as evading the danger of galvanic erosion in seawater where aluminum contacts steel. The composition working on it back is calm, depicting the watch in a clear way. The programmed development is a workhorse ETA 2824-2, with a date show and hacking instrument. The helium valve on the left case band is consoling however for the most part there for the show, for what it’s worth on the Rolex Sea-Dweller, given that solitary a tiny level of its proprietors assuming any, will entirely require (it’s there as a wellbeing highlight to forestall conceivable harm to the watch during the decompression phase of immersion diving). 

“Déclic” could be deciphered as “Aha!” in spite of the fact that it’s not actually a virtuoso invention.

Handling and living with the Scafograf 300 was brilliant, up until I got fixated on their “Déclic” framework for locking and opening the arm band. Furthermore, I mean fixated bad – to me, it’s an illustration of  technical over the top excess that ought to never have made it to creation. I completely comprehend the need to separate the arm band from other jump watch catches (particularly the Oyster) yet this overhaul was completely superfluous, if not effectively problematic. The “sorcery switch” possibly appeared well and good in principle, however it was really not all that good basically; for a certain something, it leaves an engraving of the inward component on your skin (since it lies within the catch), and for another, there were times when the locking switch would knock something and tenderly go out from the shadows position. Furthermore, such switch makes it difficult to incorporate a wetsuit augmentation framework, one of the critical components for an arm band pointed toward plunging. Thus, I would enthusiastically recommend utilizing the (astounding) elastic tie with marked pin clasp, which is in reality significantly more comfortable on the wrist.

A calm search for a genuine plunging watch.

The Scafograf 300 retails for $4,070 on a wristband, and $3,260 on the dark elastic tie. This puts this Eberhard at a fundamentally more exorbitant cost point than the Longines Legend Diver  and the Oris Sixty-Five , each estimated around $2,000. However, its boss water opposition and the expansion of specialized highlights like the helium discharge valve, and ceramic bezel, makes a comparison with the $4,400 Tudor Pelagos more pleasant, and Tudor really used to utilize exactly the same development ( the new forms presently depend on an in-house development ).

More data on the Scafograf 300 can be found on the  Eberhard & Co site .