Pre-Baselworld 2016: The Eterna Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph

The Eterna Kon-Tiki collection is named after the ocean expedition helmed by Thor Heyerdahl. The Norwegian ethnographer, botanist, and zoologist crossed the Pacific Ocean on a wooden raft in 1947. On board in those days: Eterna watches …

 

I think we all know the story about Thor Heyerdahl. Back in 1947, the 32-year-old Norwegian and five other scientists set out from the Peruvian coast into the Pacific Ocean on a simple raft made of balsa wood named after Kon-Tiki, an Incan sun god. Heyerdahl had embarked on his derring-do expedition to prove that it would have been technically possible for the pre-Columbian Indians of South America to reach Polynesia with the help of the Humboldt Current and the Passat wind. After 101 days and nights on the high seas, with almost 8000 kilometers behind them, Thor Heyerdahl and his crew reached the Raroia atoll in Polynesia…

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The official story tells that the crew wore Eterna watches during their journey in 1947.

 

Now I do need your help!

There are persistent rumors indicating that the crew never used Eterna watches and that Eterna only later used the brillant story for its communication and marketing purposes.

Once again I do not accuse Eterna, there are persistent rumors and I can not say if they are true or not.

Does any one among you have any information about these watches? Who is able to enlighten us? Have they been used? Did the crew wear any watches at all?

Please let us know!

 

So let us stick to the official version that says that the crew used Eterna watches and that Eterna, after learning that Thor Heyerdahl succeeded crossing the Pacific Ocean, decided to create a collection named after the balsa wood raft “Kon-Tiki”. That these Eterna “Kon-Tiki” sport watches got famous in the end there is no doubt at all! We all know and remember the legendary Eterna “Kon-Tiki” sport watches …

 

The new the new Eterna Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph

 

Eterna Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph

Eterna Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph

 

After years of silence and some turbulences Eterna comes back with a real interesting sign of live. What sets the new Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph apart from all other timepieces of the Kon-Tiki collection is the very special movement it gets: the new flyback chronograph movement designed and manufactured by Eterna. Unlike a normal chronograph, the flyback-function allows the chronograph to be reset to zero and immediately started again at any given time during its operation. The Super Kon-Tiki’s automatic flyback chronograph movement, the calibre 3916A, is part of the “39”-family of Eterna movements. The balance wheel oscillates at 28,800 A/h, the movement has a 60-hour power reserve and is finished with rhodium plating on the surface of the components, as well as a microblasting decoration on the oscillating weight.

 

Eterna Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph

Eterna Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph calibre 3916A

 

Like all Eterna’s in-house movements, the Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph boasts chronometer-level precision with about seventy per cent of the parts being manufactured at Eterna’s Grenchen headquarters.

 

The Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph is available in two limited edition versions: one on a sporty rubber strap ( for CHF 4 600 / € 4 650 / $ 4 700)

 

MOVEMENT Calibre Maison Eterna 3916A, power reserve 65h, 28’800 A/h, 35 jewels, 1 ball bearing

CASE Polished and brushed stainless steel, rotating bezel, screw locked down, sapphire crystal opening

CRYSTAL Scratch-resistant, anti-re ective sapphire crystal

DIMENSIONS ∅ 45.0 mm/50.90 mm/16.05 mm, 200 meters waterproof

DIAL Black, matt

STRAP & CLASP Black rubber, pin buckle

FUNCTIONS Hour, minute, second, date, chronograph, flyback

 

Eterna Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph

Eterna Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph

 

 

and another on an elegant stainless steel Milanese bracelet ( for CHF 4 800 / € 4 850 / $ 4 900).

 

MOVEMENT Calibre Eterna 3916A, power reserve 65h, 28’800 A/h, 35 jewels, 1 ball bearing

CASE Polished and brushed stainless steel, rotating bezel, screw locked down, sapphire crystal opening

CRYSTAL Scratch-resistant, anti-re ective sapphire crystal

DIMENSIONS ∅ 45.0 mm/50.90 mm/16.05 mm, 200 meters waterproof

DIAL Black, matt

BRACELET & CLASP Mesh SST, folding clasp

FUNCTIONS Hour, minute, second, date, chronograph, flyback

 

 

Eterna Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph

Eterna Super Kon-Tiki Chronograph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Mike says:

    Really nice watch for a reasonable price.

    But, as you say, 70 percent in house made, the question comes up: where are the 30% made? For an “in-house” movement 30% made somewhere else (off shore? China?) is quite a lot…

    The facts behind the “Kon Tiki” story would be interesting to know, though.

    Thanks,

    Mike

  2. Hans says:

    I don’t think Thor Heyerdahl and Roald Amunsen would have selected this watch as is impossible to read the time in the dark.

  3. Steve says:

    Nice watch but I just wish it was more tiki’ish.

  4. Chris Durso says:

    Looks like the Hamilton Pan Europe. The price is too high.

    • mezdis says:

      I gently disagree. The price is very attractive: CHF 4600.- for an in-house flyback chronograph with 200 m water resistance is great!

      On the other hand, with Ø 45 mm and a thickness of 16 mm I think it is certainly on the bulky side…

  5. Guy says:

    I read Kon-Tiki when I was 15 and I loved it. There were lots of pictures in the original book unfortunately it is no longer in my library. I do recall a watch and a man with a sextant. It would be used during the noon shot to determine local time thence longitude when compared to a radio signal or chronometer at a later time. Alexander, just go to the library.
    The adventure I believe was a release of the deprivations and dehumanization of WWII for the men involved. A few of these men had to do some tough missions during the war. The voyage was a much needed catharsis for them I am certain now.

    Oh, I do like the watches too.

  6. Alan Adler says:

    I’ve come to strongly prefer watches (like this) with rotating bezels. I find so many uses for it, that I rarely strap on any of my bezel-less watches.

    But I’ll never buy a chronograph (like this) which can only register up to 30 minutes. The majority of my timing tasks exceed that. I presume designers are willing to sacrifice functionality for a cleaner dial. But this 30 minute limit is to great a sacrifice for me.