Eterna Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942

Par Florian Matrion, le 25 février 2011
Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
Diaporama
Staying true to the current "vintage" trend, Eterna releases a reissue of its Pulsometer chronograph, first launched back in 1942. Is the watch lover's heart about to beat faster? Review.
Exclusive! review of the Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
61/100
Note des internautes
68/100

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Foreword

Eterna has been manufacturing watches for over a hundred years; but the brand's name doesn't really sound familiar to the average watch-buyer's ear.

Although it isn't really known yet outside the insiders' circle, its contribution to modern watchmaking remains essential.
The Swatch Group indeed bought Eterna's movement department in 1983, which became... ETA!

For instance, the Eterna watchmakers are the ones who invented the ball bearing rotors that are now found on most modern movements (including ETA automatic calibres).
And, by the way, the Eterna brand logo, with its five points, depicts a ball bearing!

In 1995, Porsche Design acquired Eterna, which has since then been in charge of its watch production, in parallel with its own line of products.
Some Eterna and Porsche Design models look related as far as design is concerned.

 

An original function for a classic watch

The Pulsometer 1942 model we've tested is a 1942-units limited edition (referring to the year it was first released), and it is an amazingly loyal reissue.

 

The main characteristic of this watch is the pulse meter, which was first designed for the medical profession.

The main characteristic of this watch is the pulse meter, which was first designed for the medical profession.

This scaling makes tracking heart rates a real easy task – and it doesn't matter if it's your heart rate, or a patient's!

It functions in a similar way to the tachymeter usually included on sports-dedicated stopwatches.

Instead of launching the chronograph and stopping it after the first kilometer so as to read the speed in km/hours displayed by the seconds hand, it is stopped after tracking 30 heart beats in order to find out the beats per minute ratio.

Even though its everyday use may seem somewhat limited, this functionality brings an original touch to an altogether very classic model.

 

 

A very vintage look

This watch has quality madecase manufacturing, with a well-designed polished/brushed finishing set. 

The dial's alternation of polished, brushed and fluted surfaces gives birth to a rather seducing outcome – especially with its astonishing blued hands. 

The indexes' pea-green color might be a little confusing at first, in spite of its being in total keeping with the original model.  

 

In spite of its 'colorful' identity, this watch will fit most situations, especially at the office... or at the Doctor's!

On the movement side

The ETA movement could almost be considered as a dedicated manufacturing process of this watch, because of ETA and Eterna's historic bonds.

Ironically enough, Eterna is now forced to buy from the Swatch Group... the very movements it once helped to create.

This 1942 Pulsometer is thus equipped with an as classic as widespread 2894-2, with its rather low-profile design.
It has not been re-manufactured by Eterna, yet it will perfectly answer your everyday needs.

 

 

If we really had to criticize something, it would be the difficulty in triggering the chronograph's push buttons. A rather manly pressure is indeed needed when triggering it.

 

On a day-to-day basis

It is worth mentioning that the alligator strap is beautiful – when you think of it, this really doesn't happen that often – even though it might seem a little too dressed for this watch.
On the other hand, the deployment clasp would have required a little more focus on the finishing side.

The case's contained diameter, together with its very reasonable weight, makes wearing this watch comfortable.
In spite of its "colorful" identity, this watch will fit most situations, especially at the office... or at the Doctor's!

 

Conclusions

Just like many major brands have done during recent months (and upcoming months will probably confirm that trend), Eterna is successfully surfing on the vintage inspired reissues wave.
With this flamboyant Pulsometer, the brand brings us an endearing watch that will find its way to the enthusiast's heart... especially when looking for an original timepiece.

 

The +:

  • a reissue true to the original model
  • a very trendy, vintage inspired look
  • quality made manufacturing

 

The –:

  • stiff triggering of the chronograph
  • basic buckle finishing
  • price is a little high

 

Additional information:

  • journalist's wrist size = 17 cm
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  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942
  • Heritage Pulsometer Limited Edition 1942

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L'avis de la rédaction 61/100

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Note des internautes 68/100

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