Grand Prix, later to be called Formula 1, racing has been at the pinnacle of motorsport since virtually the introduction of the automobile and its drivers are considered to be the best in the world. Tazio Nuvolari, known by his nickname the flying mantuan, was one of the sports earlies stars and is still considered today to be one of the greatest drivers of all time.
Nuvolari got his first go in a Grand Prix car in 1925 driving for Alfa Romeo after the untimely death of Antonio Ascari. Unfortunately Nuvolari crashed during testing and was promptly fired. Unfazed and still determined, Nuvolari formed his own team for the 1928 season, and, driving a Bugatti, he won the first race that he entered, the Grand Prix of Tripoli. From thereon out Nuvolari would be unstoppable, winning 105 of the 353 races that he would enter. This included wins at the Targa Florio, Le Mans and the Mille Miglia in addition to countless Grand Prix wins.
Of all of his triumphs, his win at the 1935 German Grand Prix particularly stands out. Hitler and the Germans were using Grand Prix racing as a propaganda tool to show technological superiority and had entered factory sponsored cars from Auto-Union and Mercedes-Benz that were thought to guarantee the Germans a win at their home race. Little did they know that Tazio Nuvolari, driving an underpowered Alfa Romeo Tipo B 3.8, would out drive them all, on pure skill alone, to win the race outright.
The Eberhard reference 31030 was created by Eberhard to mark the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Tazio Nuvolari. The reference point for this watch, made in tribute to Tazio Nuvolari, is the driver’s instrumentation in racing cars of that era. While the design says racing, it is the turtle, found on both the dial and the caseback, that screams Tazio Nuvolari. Nuvolari was gifted a metal tortoise by a friend – It was the slowest animal for the world’s fastest man. From there on out the turtle would be associated with Nuvolari and racing victory more broadly.
The 39.5mm stainless steel case is in excellent condition. The watch shows signs of wear and has superficial scratches throughout that could be easily polished out if the new owner so desired. The watch features a glazed bezel with tachymeter scale in miles/h engraved in black and a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating.
The Dial and Hands
The dial and hands are both in excellent condition with no defects to note. The black dial features luminescent baton-shaped hands with matching luminescent arabic numerals. As mentioned above the dial also features the tortoise symbol that is so closely associated with Tazio Nuvolari.
This watch is powered by an automatic ETA 7750 chronograph movement. The watch is running and keeping good time but the service history is unknown. The watch comes on its original Eberhard crocodile strap with steel E&Co. buckle.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic ETA 7750|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|