Gevril 'Generation One' Automatic (NOW $419.00)

over 1 year ago
Kurt Behm
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Classic Gevril 'Generation One'
Excellent Condition
Price $499.00 (No Trades) NOW $419.00
Kurt Behm
First Generation Gevril A0111 For sale is a classic GEVRIL Ref. A0111: the simple steel model with 18k gold accents on the bezel and dial. Its 39mm diameter is stately and proper, the thickness of no more than 10mm is thin by todays standards. Strap width is 19mm. The case components are nicely sculpted: ribbed sides avoid the monotony of simple squared surfaces; the notches on bezel and case back align to provide continuity of form; the bezel slopes from the crystals edge to meet the case band and lugs, giving an already fairly thin watch the illusion of being even more so. The dial, set fairly deep in the case to accommodate 3 layers of hands, employs a tasteful variety of textures and depths. The central pattern steps down to a matte ring which borders the brushed hours chapter with applied gold numerals. Finally, a matte ring with applied gold dots forms the outer boundary. The flat sapphire crystal is devoid of anti-reflective coating, so the various surfaces with different reflective qualities are a welcome aid to legibility in different types of lighting. Elegant black hands of proper lengths are thin and dressy but slightly curved and provide enough contrast for easy reading of the time. The long counter-balanced seconds hand suggests the accuracy of an observatory chronometer.
The Gevril is powered by one of the ubiquitous ETA calibers of recent decades (Cal. 2824-2). As this watch was originally priced in the $2000-$2500 range, one can be forgiven for assuming the movement to be the thinner ETA 2892, but the 2824 within is a high-grade edition which easily runs near COSC-mandated accuracya movement more deserving of a display back (though it has none) than many very pedestrian timepieces which came after. There are pundits on the Internet who claim that these early Gevrils were produced by Audemars Piguet.
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