Navy pilots were sometimes forced to land in unknown, even hostile, territory. So the US Navy operating in the Pacific decided to give them hermetically sealed rubber boxes containing valuable items that would allow them, in the event of a parachute jump or forced landing, to negotiate for information, for their freedom or even their lives.
This “life barter kit” contained among others two rings, a chain with a gold pendant and a watch from Milus, the Snow Star “Instant Date”, with an instant calendar and very stylish look. Choosing a Swiss object as a potential bartering item demonstrates the level of technical and aesthetic appreciation and esteem of the Swiss brand all over the world. These qualities of the original Snow Star have been implemented in its modern counterpart.
Life barter kit, 1940
The Snow Star 2019 in two versions
Irradiating its former values, the Snow Star uses one of the most resistant steels, 904L, to assert its strength. Then, thanks to the mastery of mirror polishing, it uses thousand glints to remind us of the preciousness of its Swiss origins.
Almost confederal and resolutely sporty, the red of its date placed at 3:00 in its window, like the red of its inscription "AUTOMATIC", claims the power of new blood without betraying its original hues.
Its leather- lined textile strap is secured by a pin buckle clasp. It is attached to raised horns that stand out from the reassuring comfort of the case. The desirable oblong shape of its stature case shows flexibility in the face of the obvious lines of its silhouette and the curved sapphire crystal. While two rhodium- plated and diamond-shaped Dauphine hands linger on the applied hour and minute hour-markers, a slim-line second hand sweeps the depths of the black and the sunbrushed silver highlights of its dial.
Two versions Silver and Black inhabited by a 4 Hz calibre known for its robustness and flawless quality, the ETA legendary 2892 in its most advanced version today.