Claude Bernard Mens 01002 3 BRIN Classic Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

The Melding of Classic and Contemporary

Claude Bernard Swiss-Made WatchesThere is distinctive charm in wearing a watch made by a relatively unfamiliar brand, especially when that brand has the cachet of a headquarters and workshop high in the famous Jura Mountains watchmaking region of Switzerland, and a commitment to making “Swiss Made” watches.

Claude Bernard is such a brand, and its Classic Chronograph model is an excellent example of what the brand does so well – meld classic with contemporary. The overall look of the Classic Chronograph hints at a 1960s sport watch with one exception, the size. The round stainless steel case is 42 mm in diameter, or what may be deemed as the modern standard for men’s watches. But the uncomplicated curved lugs, small capped chronograph pushers and knurled crown all echo a classic look and feel.

Rather than contrasting colors, this model of the Classic Chronograph showcases contrasting textures. The brown dial combines three traditional surfaces to achieve an understated, modern look. The first texture is a circular grain used on the sub-dials; the second is Geneva stripes, which adorns the inner area of the dial, and third; a sunburst pattern highlights the surface of the outer dial, over which the hour markers are applied and the seconds indicators are printed. The flange (between the dial and the bezel) features a tachymeter for measuring elapsed time – another quintessential chronograph feature.

Claude Bernard Mens 01002 3 BRIN Classic Chronograph
Claude Bernard Mens 01002 3 BRIN Classic Chronograph
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The Classic Chronograph uses a conventional three sub-dial layout: the chronograph sub-dials are side-by-side with the 30-minute counter at 10 o’clock and a tenths-of-a-second counter at 2 o’clock. The sub-dial positioned at 6 o’clock tracks perpetual seconds, while a long central seconds hand tracks elapsed seconds for the chronograph.

The “lance” style design of the hour, minute and sub-dial hands adds yet another touch of elegance and juxtaposes the contemporary appeal of the open date window, which reveals three numbers on the date wheel (an arrow points to the current date).

A solid caseback features the Claude Bernard logo. The dial is covered by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The watch is water resistant to 165 feet, which helps to protect the reliable ETA quartz movement inside. A croc-patterned brown leather strap gives the Classic Chronograph a dressy finish, as does the traditional tang buckle.

Claude Bernard Mens 01002 3 BRIN Classic Chronograph

List Price: $525

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Precise ETA quartz movement
  • Chronograph function
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 42 mm, thickness 10.5 mm
  • Textured brown dial, open date window, tachymeter
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Croc-patterned brown leather strap, width 21 mm, tang buckle
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

The overall look of the Classic Chronograph conveys an elegance that does not belie its sporty roots. Contact an authorized Claude Bernard dealer today for information about availability and go try one on – if the brown dial doesn’t get you, the black or white dial will.

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Gevril GroupGevril Group, watchmaker and wholesale watch distributor, is the exclusive U.S. agent for exquisitely designed and crafted European luxury and fashion watch brands, distributing and servicing some of the best affordable luxury and Swiss watches and trendy fashion watches. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair, staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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New Claude Bernard Mens 10205 3 NIN Aquarider Chronograph


by John Sealander  

Claude Bernard Takes the Modern Sports Watch  
to Extremes with the Amazing New Aquarider  

Claude Bernard Swiss-Made WatchesThe modern sports watch is many things to many people. Runners time races with them. Racing drivers calculate lap times. Scuba divers use them to keep track of their remaining air supply. Luckily, for fans of extreme sports, Claude Bernard has created a single timepiece that will do all this and much more.

The impressive Claude Bernard Aquarider Collection has taken the modern sports watch to extremes by combining the classic unidirectional rotating bezel of a professional diver watch with a versatile “three eye” chronograph for timing events. No matter what your passion happens to be, the ruggedly built Aquarider is there when you need it most.


This 42 mm stainless steel timepiece is water resistant to 720 feet and features a protected crown and pushers. The rotating bezel is divided into easy-to-read 60-minute increments, and the three chronograph subdials record intervals of 30 minutes, 12 hours and continuous seconds. There’s virtually nothing that can’t be timed or measured with this watch.

Like all Claude Bernard timepieces, the Aquarider is hand assembled at Claude Bernard’s workshops in Les Genevez, Switzerland. Only the finest materials are used, including a precision Swiss made quartz movement that will provide rock solid, reliable service under the most demanding conditions.

The Aquarider has been fitted with a comfortable caoutchouc strap with a fold-over double push button safety clasp. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects the dial and a screw down stainless steel caseback ensures the integrity of the case.

Claude Bernard Sports Watches - Mens 10205 3 NIN Extreme Sports Chronograph

Claude Bernard Mens 10205 3 NIN Aquarider Chronograph

List Price: $575

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Precise quartz movement
  • Chronograph function
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 42 mm, thickness 11.5 mm
  • Black dial, date window, luminous hands and hour markers
  • Black PVD coated unidirectional rotating bezel with minute track
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Genuine black rubber strap, width 19 mm, fold-over double push button safety clasp
  • Water resistant to 720 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty


Although Claude Bernard watches aren’t as well known as some of their famous Swiss neighbors, they are highly regarded by watch aficionados around the world. A Claude Bernard timepiece represents a tremendous value; combining traditional Swiss quality and craftsmanship with a fashion forward sense of style seldom seen in this traditional country.

If your interests take you to extremes, you won’t want to be without a Claude Bernard Aquarider timepiece. To put one of these amazingly versatile watches on your own wrist, contact your authorized Claude Bernard dealer today.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group, watchmaker and wholesale watch distributor, is the exclusive U.S. agent for exquisitely designed and crafted European luxury and fashion watch brands, distributing and servicing some of the best affordable luxury and Swiss watches and trendy fashion watches. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair, staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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