Ebel 1911 BTR Chronograph: Interesting But Rarely Seen

After I just began out liking and searching at (serious) mechanical watches, Ebel was among the brands which i really loved. Especially their chronograph with Zenith El Primero movement was particularly interesting, simple to recognize because these designs include easy-on situation back. Through the years, the actions transformed (from Zenith to Ebel’s in-house quality 137) however the characteristic situation shape using the 5 screws and nice satin finish remained. Although I wouldn’t mind getting the Ebel chronograph with El Primero movement (Ebel quality 134 according to Zenith’s quality 400) – really exactly the same one as Don Manley was putting on in Miami Vice – the brand new 1911 BTR Chronograph models tend to be more up-to-date and merely as interesting. Much more about the present Ebel 1911 Chronograph afterwards in the following paragraphs. Let’s talk some history first.

As you can tell within the picture above, Don Manley is putting on the Ebel chronograph in stainlessOrprecious metal combination. An ideal fit to his Miami outfit (including a remarkable mullet) within the late eighties and early the nineteen nineties. Below, the thing is the identical form of his watch, on the leather strap.


This watch, using the highly searched for-after Zenith El Primero movement is among these watches you’ll rarely see within the flesh. While Ebel can also be (or mostly?) popular through the non watch enthusiasts to be ‘a good’ watch out for an acceptable cost, I suppose that individuals who bought this watch in older days most likely didn’t even know of the superb chronograph movement ticking inside. You are able to snap these watches for roughly 1500 euro from eBay or Chrono24. Below you will see a detailed-up picture from the column wheel chronograph movement, Ebel quality 134.

Go forward to 2006; two decades following the first 1911, Ebel introduces a brand new line-from 1911 sports watches through the title of 1911 BTR. The automated chronograph quality 134 had recently been changed by their very own in-house quality 137. Ebel understood the time had come to upgrade the rather classic searching chronograph line-up as well as their design team emerged having a more masculine sports watch, having a bigger hexagonal situation, calculating an astonishing 44.5 mm across.

The image above, unmistakeably Ebel, and certainly wearable for that watch aficionado of now. The black rubber elements such as the bezel, pusher and crowns really stress the brand new game Ebel became a member of. A significant competitor for other brands within-house chronograph actions? In specifications and style? Yes! However, similar to the old Ebel chronographs, why I rarely see these 1911 BTR special gems within the flesh? These 1911 BTR Chronograph models start at 5100 euro (list cost) and even though that’s serious money, it’s a very fair cost for some time piece by having an in-house chronograph movement.

For me, a much more interesting chronograph is the 1911 BTR Chronograph with quality 139 movement. The moment and hour totalizer are a little not the same as the regular chronograph lay-out, the moment totalizer is situated at 12 o’clock, showing the present minute on the  – 30 scale. Below, the totalizer at 6 o’clock points in the current hour. Once the first half an hour of the hour passed, the totalizer at 12 o’clock will indicate so.

The tachymeter scale can also be more visible about this model. You could state that this quality 139 version is much more bold compared to regular BTR 1911 quality 137 chronograph. List cost of this specific model, with alligator strap, is 5990 Euro. All BTR actions are COSC licensed, meaning they’ve been controlled and examined to become as accurate as -4 / 6 seconds each day.


Aside from the 1911 BTR, Ebel also offers one known as the Tekton. While not area of the BTR line-up, I figured I a minimum of mention these models. Within the light of the present 2010 football World Titles in South-Africa, I’ll concentrate on their football line-up. Ebel introduced numerous special offers within their Tekton series, for FC Bayern-Munich, Toolbox, Ajax, Real Madrid, Olympique Lyonnais and Rangers. Using quality 245, the consumer of the watch uses the 45 minute totalizer at 12 o’clock position to determine time of the certain half and uses the hour totalizer at 6 o’clock to count the amount of  ‘game halfs’. All these club special offers are just being produced in limited models (beginning with 150 pieces for Ajax and 500 pieces legitimate Madrid) and therefore are there to indicate the bond between Ebel and football, which they’ve been sponsoring because the early eighties. Ebel released a devoted football section online that is worth looking at for fans of either from the pointed out clubs. Pictured here is the Ajax special of 150 pieces. The Tekton watches possess a 9900 Euro cost.

Fan of the largest game on the planet or otherwise, Ebel is definitely an interesting brand along with the BTR and Tekton they must be considered a significant player in the realm of watches and particularly of chronographs. It’s about time that Ebel can get its very own forum around the large watch sites on the web and being recognized among enthusiasts and aficionados of proper watches.