Sergio Bonelli Editore has partnered with luxury Swiss watchmaker Eberhard & Co. to mark the 60 the anniversary of Zagor, the comic hero created by the leading Italian comic book publisher.
Zagor – the Spirit with the Hatchet – is an iconic character created in 1961 by author Guido Nolitta (aka Sergio Bonelli). To celebrate its 60th anniversary of this comic character, Eberhard & Co. created the exclusive Zagor chronograph limited edition, available in only 120 numbered pieces.
Sergio Bonelli Editore is a long-established Italian comics publisher, and has the largest output of literature designed entirely in Italy. In 2021, Sergio Bonelli Editore is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Its characters spawn decades, winning over generations of fans.
Among the most popular, Tex, the famous ranger devised in 1948 by “novelist turned comics creator” Gianluigi Bonelli, and illustrated by Aurelio Galleppini. Tex’s widespread success, together with the Bonelli family’s entrepreneurial spirit, provides countless readers with comics entertainment of the highest order, across all genres and settings.
It is precisely with Zagor, hatched in 1961 from Sergio Bonelli’s imagination, that the publisher gradually transformed the themes and blueprints of traditional adventure, within a project of renewal of the classic cartoon adventure concept: from Mister No (in 1975) to Ken Parker (in 1977) to Martin Mystère in 1982.
In the 1980s, the publisher was hugely successful with the Dylan Dog comics, followed by other hits such as police officer Nick Raider and sci-fi character Nathan Never. Then they introduced fantasy series like Brendon and western horror Magico Vento, and three collections focused on the female characters Legs Weaver, Julia and Gea. The most recent series are Dampyr, Morgan Lost and Orfani.
Sergio Bonelli Editore, now led by Davide Bonelli, Sergio’s son, currently combines an extensive output of comic series with the development of their multimedia counterparts.
The commemorative watch made by Eberhard & Co. features a stainless steel case and a grey dial highlighting the ZAGOR 60 logo to mark Zagor comics 60th anniversary. Among the three sub-dials, the counter at 9 o’ clock has a Zagor symbol shaped indicator for monitoring continuous seconds. This timepiece is equipped with the ETA 7750 self-winding mechanical chronograph movement.
This limited edition timepiece features a solid stainless steel case back with an engraved Zagor axe, bringing to mind the symbolism of the comic book hero.
Model: Eberhard & Co. Automatic Chronograph Zagor 60 ‘The Sprit with the Axe’
Cal. ETA 7750, self-winding mechanical chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour counters, continuous seconds and date at 4 o’clock.
Stainless steel case
Case diameter: 42.80 mm
Case thickness: 14.35 mm
Case-back: in steel, featuring polish and satin finishing, customised with an engraved Zagor axe (tomahawk) inserted within a circle, evoking the symbolism of the comic book hero
Strap attachment: 21. 00 mm
Water resistance: 50 MT
Crown: in steel, screwed, with custom “E” motif.
Bezel: Steel, with inner aluminium anodised rehaut featuring the hour markings
Glass: Convex sapphire with anti-reflective coating to the internal surface
Grey dial with customised with the ZAGOR 60 logo celebrating Zagor comics 60th anniversary
Minute and hour counter in black with azurée finishing
Yellow continuous seconds counter (recalling the Zagor symbol) with customised profile in red and 60-second scale on a white background.
Tachymeter base 1000 scale
Rhodium-plated, luminescent indexes (C1 grade)
Date at 4 o’clock
Conical, skeleton, satin-finished and luminescent (grade C1) hours and minutes
Conical, skeleton, satin-finished, luminescent (grade C1) chrono 30 minutes and 12 hours
Luminescent continuous seconds hand in the shape of an eagle, symbol of Zagor.
Red central chronograph second hand
Vintage grey leather with yellow stitching
Custom “E&C” buckle
Limited Edition of 120 pieces