We’re delighted to add an exciting new range of watches to the growing selection of brands that we represent…
Eza watches can trace their origins all the way back to 1921 when they sought to work with only the best manufacturers in Pforzheim, Germany, including one of the biggest, Hermann Becker. Hermann Becker produced manufacturer calibre movements, many of which were used for Eza watches of the time. Eza watches continued to be made in Pforzheim, the entrance to the Black Forest, right up until the quartz crisis hit in 1979.
In 2016, Dutch watchmaker and entrepreneur, Adriaan Trampe decided to relaunch the Eza brand and by 2018, Eza watches was in full swing and making its mark.
Eza watches today
Eza now has three core models, all inspired by their predecessors. True to the spirit of the original brand, Eza only make watches with mechanical movements. What’s more, they are only made in small batches, with new movements ordered for each batch. Adriaan explains that the reason for this is so that the finely tuned mechanical movements are not sat around before finding their home with new customers. This ensures that the ticking heart of the watch is performing perfectly and to optimal accuracy when the customer receives their treasured new timepiece.
Although their headquarters is now in Switzerland, the watches are still manufactured in Pforzheim, Germany where they undergo quality control checks by their experienced ateliers, before being sent to Switzerland where they receive a final check before being shipped to customers around the world.
Let’s take a look at two special models in their range that are now available from the WatchGecko site!
The Eza 1972
The Vintage 1972 is Eza’s retro-inspired dive watch. It has a wrist-friendly 39.6mm diameter and you can choose from two dial colours – timeless classic black or a rich royal blue. Both dial colours feature a black 120 click uni-directional bezel.
The Vintage 1972 features a predominantly polished 316L stainless steel case and a unique combination of u-shaped applied indices and distinctive ‘four-baton’ quarter-hour markers. The hands are filled with Super-LumiNova to help legibility in low light.
Although vintage inspired, the 1972 is a thoroughly modern watch in terms of specification. It features a tough, scratch-resistant and fade-resistant ceramic bezel with luminous markings, a domed sapphire crystal with AR coating, and a generous 200m water resistance. Remarkably for a 200m diver though, it’s just 11.95mm thick!
The 1972 is sure to be a complete strap monster thanks to the standard 20mm lug width and the straight case shape (between the lugs) which allows straps to sit close to the case without unsightly gaps.
Each Vintage 1972 comes fitted with a vintage style marbled leather watch strap, but you also get an additional Tropic style rubber strap for when you want to take it into the ocean or pool. Everything is packaged up in a marbled leather box with a branded polishing cloth and pin-pusher tool. You can even extend the 2-year warranty by an extra year simply by registering your watch on the Eza website!
The Eza AirFighter
The Eza Airfighter is a thoroughly modern take on that old favourite, the pilots watch! The 316L stainless steel case has a brushed finish but with polished case sides. The stunning blue dial variant is in stock now, and the black dial will be added shortly, after the next production run. Each is available on either a stainless steel mesh bracelet or a vintage style brown leather strap.
The blue dial features steel hands, whereas the black dial variant features blued hands. Regardless of which option you choose, great legibility in low light is a given thanks to the use of Super-LumiNova which glows brightly in the dark.
The AirFighter is 41mm and has a wide stance on the wrist due to its 22mm lug width and relatively flat profile. The dial is kept remarkably simple and free of clutter with complete symmetry; no arabic numerals, and no date window.
In a nod to tradition, the AirFighter features some details that are indicative of pilot’s watches, such as the onion-shaped crown, wide flat sword-shaped hands and 12 o’clock triangle with two dots for easy orientation. But there are also some unique features too such as the brand’s logo which, rather than being printed on the dial, is engraved to the underside of the sapphire crystal that protects the dial. The dial is dual-layered which adds extra dynamism, with the outer minute track section being raised.
Turn the watch over and you’ll see the detailed illustration of the movement engraved into the case back; a nice touch! Finally, the Airfighter is presented in a black lacquered wooden box with leather pouch.
All Eza watches are highly regulated for accuracy
The Vintage 1972 and the AirFighter are currently shipping with the Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement, although we’ve been informed that this will soon change to the Sellita SW200, due to the well-documented issues with ETA supply. Rest assured though, the SW200 matches the ETA for quality and reliability. In fact, even to look at the two movements the Sellita has an extra jewel and slightly different tooth profile on the gears.
Regardless of which movement you get, it will have had the full Eza atelier treatment! Yes, the movement inside has been adjusted to six positions for accuracy, something pretty rare at this price point. You’ll also get a certificate showing you the timings in each position as it left the factory. The power reserve is 40-hours and you can also hand-wind the watch when necessary.
WatchGecko are now authorised retailers for Eza Watches
We’re proud to announce we’re now official authorised retailers for Eza watches. The two models we’ve discussed above are now available from the WatchGecko site!
You can even extend the warranty on your Eza watch from two years to three simply by registering your watch on the Eza website.