Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Watch

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Watch

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

As we creep ever-closer to Baselworld 2017, the numbers of brands without a bronze watch in their catalog continue to dwindle. The latest to lose its bronze virginity is Eterna, whose KonTiki Bronze Manufacture watch celebrates the 70th anniversary of Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl’s 5,000-mile trek across the Pacific Ocean in 1947 aboard a handbuilt raft named the "KonTiki." On his wrist? An Eterna watch.

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

As the story goes, Heyerdahl and his crew were equipped with a radio and six Eterna watches – everything else on the expedition was to be fully handmade by the explorers themselves to prove the theory that Polynesia could have been colonized by early aboriginal travelers who sailed from South America. Though the new Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture shares only the seafaring spirit of those original Eterna watches, it’s still a pretty neat story, commemorated by an equally interesting 3-handed diver – if you can look past the “me-too” adoption of the bronze trend in watchmaking.

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

But thankfully, the Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture is more than just a trendy case that’ll develop the now-familiar weathered patina, unique to its wearer over time. The 44mm- by 14mm-thick watch is powered by the in-house produced Calibre 3902A, a 30-jewel, 28,800vph automatic movement with a generous 65-hour power reserve. And if you remember, Eterna cut its teeth as a leading movement supplier to the rest of the Swiss watch industry long before the quartz crisis – a success story that would lead the brand to create its own ébauche division, called ETA, whose original innovations and movements have formed the backbone of the hobby we continue to enjoy to this day.

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

The dial of the Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture follows the signature capability and design cues of the KonTiki, which include 200 meters of water resistance and a clean symmetrical presentation in its no-date layout. Set against a textured granite-patterned dial, the luminous triangular “pizza slice” indices are likely to be divisive for some, but they’re a signature for the KonTiki through the years, and work especially well here when applied in an alloy that matches the bronze case. The dial is capped by its 12:00 indice with Eterna’s ball bearing logo which represents the brand’s 1948 innovation called the Eterna-Matic – an automatic movement powered by a rotor that turned on five ball bearings. Eterna caps this KonTiki off with a ceramic bezel that carries a simple decompression scale for divers – rudimentary by even DOXA’s standards, but neat nonetheless.

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Watch Watch Releases

The Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture watch will be fitted with a brown, waterproof leather strap and produced in a limited run of only 300 pieces, each carrying a price of $2,650. eterna.com

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  • Shawn Lavigne

    cool and quirky with a lot of character. nice watch.

  • otaking241

    Like the textured dial but the painted logo and other elements looks terrible on top of it. A shame to skimp in that department when it’s a nice package otherwise.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Very good price for an inhouse powered watch. I’m not a fan of bronze, it smells weird and it turns wrists green. Patina is just another word for a crappy look. Not my cup of tea, but it’s a good offer. And I wouldn’t buy a watch from a company that maybe doesn’t exist anymore in a few months.

  • Frans Krook

    I absolutely hate how the notches on the bezel don’t line up with the 12h lume pip and how the notches are not the same at 12, 3, 6 & 9. Can’t unsee it, the lack of symmetry bothers me. Other than that it looks fairly attractive if you’re into the whole bronze thing.

    • Nate White

      I don’t like you. I never would have noticed that, but nooooo, you had to go kill it for me.

      • Frans Krook

        Sorry friend, better you see it now than after spending 2.5K 😉 Didn’t mean to ruin it for you though.

  • WINKS

    The poor workmanship of the bezel makes it look like a used watch…

  • Is it me, or does this watch look like it was whittled by someone using a dull Swiss army knife whilst riding on a bs with no shocks? The finishing is painful.

    • Greg Dutton

      I thought the same thing, the case and bezel finishing looks extremely rough. I can only assume it’s been done that way on purpose, but I find it unappealing.

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      Yup. It does look mangled. Surely an early prototype?

    • Elijs Dima

      Mmmyeah. It does look ‘carved’.

  • SuperStrapper

    I’m a fan of the bronze look. It doesn’t smell weird and it doesn’t turn wrists green, those are just the inane ramblings of a factless assumer. There are several bronze alloy iterations.
    Regardless, I like the finishing treatment here that gives it a bit of a ‘worn’ appearance out of gate, but I can also appreciate how that might rub some folk the wrong way. I think what will really stick out over time is that the case will darken and patina in a lovely uneven way indicative of how the owner wears it, while the dial marking frames that match the case so well when new will become more and more a stark contrast.

    I don’t believe having a bronze watch is so much a ‘me too’ thing anymore than having a steel cased watch is, so long as they are designed with unique structures. Which this case certainly has.

    What I’d be interested in seeing is a BeCu case that is heat treated and then cold worked. This would provide great patina potential while offering a hardness rating above most commonly stainless steels used in watch cases. Is has a unique colour that would be a welcome change to the materials we see so often.

  • wallydog2

    I love bronze. I have a Halios Tropik B and consider it my handsomest watch .The Eterna Bronze is very attractive, but remains at least triple the price.

  • Auto Correct

    When will the bronze plague perish the watch industry? Such an ugly disease!

    • Gokart Mozart

      Are you Donald Trump?

      • Auto Correct

        The world cant handle that much greatness at once!

      • Elijs Dima

        Hey, T probably likes bronze. Matches his face colour.

  • Yojimbo

    It would be nice if it kept that original color, I like it

  • slightlydetuned

    Must be a surface concept I don’t get …

  • gw01

    Aaaaand ETERNA gets back in the race, schooling all the cal 39 re-casers in the process… “VALUE”

  • Jeffrey Chang

    I like it. $1800 and I’m in.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I’d read both “Kon-Tiki”, and “Aku-Aku” by the time I was 12 or 13. I loved those books, the old fashioned manly-adventuring stuff being a great read for an impressionable young boy. I think I actually read Kon-Tiki twice, as you do when you’re young.
    It’s truly exciting stuff, them in a boat essentially made of the same stuff as cheap door matts. They’ve got six-story waves crashing down and all the twine that’s holding the rushes together is rapidly separating. While what’s left of the sail has gone too, genuinely thrilling.
    I like the non-brass versions of this watch, but I’m not so taken with the brass version.

  • BNABOD

    No bronze for me please but at first glance I like the look a lot. Nice PR to boot. Now the bezel I find useless since most people don’t dive w dive watches so a regular 60min bezel would have looked better imho and more useful to time burgers on the grill .
    Price is really not bad for what u get.

  • John William Salevurakis

    Would be a good bit nicer with a stainless steel case/bezel and the same bezel insert/dial combination.

  • Scott

    This is really good looking!

    I’m not sure why it has to be 14mm thick given the modest depth rating specs, but I guess that’s not too bad – especially as it’s fairly proportional with the large diameter.

    I hope the lume is epic with those massive markers. That marker design is a great opertunity to make next-level lume brightness.

  • Marco Sampuel

    After the success of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze and the Oris Carl Brashear, the others brands are just trying to fill that bronze watch lack in their catalog.

    • Elijs Dima

      Absolutely! But, not necessarily a bad thing. If there’s room in watch world for thousands of stainless steel cased and pvd-black-case watches, why not have room for a bunch of bronze watches too?

  • Ricardo Cabza

    I will stick with my Eterna Kon Tiki date, looks better and Bronze looks just nasty as it starts to get it’s rusted out patina.

  • Ulysses31

    A beautiful and rather distinctive dive watch – at least, for now. Gold and grey is a good combination, and I like all the Eterna design elements. That bezel is certainly interesting and the gravel-looking dial lends it a sense of toughness. Too bad that bronze tarnishes.

  • Victor Popa

    like it, would buy it in a 41 or 42 mm steel case