For more than 160 years, Swiss watch brand Eterna has been known for its pioneering spirit — in watchmaking and on the water. This company is known for unveiling a host of firsts, including the famed Eterna Matic rotor, as well as for releasing the first wristwatch with an integrated alarm, and the Eterna Spherodrive ball- bearing-mounted barrel. Eterna watches are also the only modern-day instrument that famous ocean expedition Thor Heyerdahl and his crew took with them when they crossed the Pacific Ocean on a wooden raft in 1947. Now, in honor of the 70th anniversary of that incredible voyage, Eterna unveils the Super KonTIki Chronograph in blue- and black-dial versions.
The Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph
The new Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph is equipped with an in-house 3916A flyback chronograph caliber and is resolutely bold and powerful. The robust 45mm case is crafted of stainless steel, and the watch if offered with a choice of steel bracelet or rubber strap. The dial choices are black or ocean blue, and the iconic triangle indexes and hands are generously coated with Super-LumiNova for easy night time reading. The polished rotating bezel also has a luminous triangle for functional time telling.
The Movement of the Eterna Super KonTikin Chronograph
One of the key elements that sets the Super KonTiki Chronograph apart from the other KonTiki collection pieces is the movement with flyback chronograph designed in-house. The flyback function enables the chronograph to be reset to zero to immediately start timing again without the need for the stop and reset steps.
The Super KonTiki’s automatic flyback chronograph movement, the Calibre 3916A, is part of the legendary family of 39 Eterna movements. It beats at 28,800 vph, and has an impressive 60-hour power reserve. The oscillating weight has a micro blasting finish on it. To offer variety, Eterna is issuing the watch with a sporty rubber strap or with a stee lMilanese mesh bracelet.
Interestingly enough, for 70 years ago, the crew’s watches survived the journey without damage from the sea, humidity or changing temperatures. The KonTiki line, developed thereafter in tribute to the voyage, offered all the same durability and precision. Today, Eterna continues to innovate in terms of movements and technology, regularly revamping designs and timepieces in its many collections.
MOVEMENT: Calibre Maison Eterna 3916A, power reserve 60h, 28’800 v.p.h, 35 jewels, 1 ball bearing
CASE: Polished and brushed stainless steel, rotating bezel, screw locked down, sapphire crystal opening
CRYSTAL: Scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
DIMENSIONS: ∅ 45.0 mm/50.90 mm/16.05 mm
DIAL: Black, matte
BRACELET & CLASP: Polished stainless steel milanese bracelet, folding clasp, or Rubber strap
FUNCTIONS: Hour, minute, second, date, chronograph, flyback
Retail Price: $4,700 on strap; $4,900 on bracelet