Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph Watch

Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph Watch

Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph Watch Watch Releases

Just in time for Baselworld 2016, Eterna is releasing the vintage-inspired Super Kontiki Chronograph. Keeping in line with the styling of last year's reintroduction of the Super Kontiki, Eterna is adding a chronograph complication to the retro diver that joins the family of one of their most popular collections. Paying homage to Thor Heyerdahl's wooden-raft voyage to determine whether or not ancients would have been able to journey across the Pacific Ocean, Eterna continues to emphasize exploration and adventure in this release.

Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph Watch Watch Releases

The Eterna Super Kontiki Chronograph comes in a polished and brushed stainless steel case measuring 45mm wide, with a 60-minute rotational bezel. The crystal is antireflective sapphire, and the dial is marked with Eterna’s signature large, triangular indexes, with legibility further enhanced courtesy of generously applied Super-Luminova. There is a subtle black-framed date window at 6 o’clock that meshes surprisingly well with the busier dial and doesn’t add too much clutter. This is a tool watch, and Eterna has managed to retain the 200m water resistance which will add to the utilitarian appeal.

Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph Watch Watch Releases

The movement in the Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph is a 3916A Eterna manufacture and is a part of the Eterna 39 family. The unique aspect about this calibre is that it is a flyback chronograph. This means that at any time during operation, the chronograph can be reset to zero, instantly starting again. This is not something you typically see in a majority of chronographs, and it is definitely a feature worth appreciating. The gorgeous movement is rhodium-plated, has a 60-hour power reserve, and beats at 28,800 vph.

Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph Watch Watch Releases

While maybe not the first name that comes to mind when researching a dive watch, Eterna has proven themselves as a high-quality option for those seeking a cool and unique watch. With this piece, you will have something that won’t be on the wrist of every other person in the room. Some may complain that the hands are a little underwhelming, but they do the job. The Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph design is sleek and functional, with retro styling that still maintains a classic tool-watch appeal. This watch would not look out of place on a decent NATO strap, either. Ultimately, Eterna has provided another excellent Kontiki watch that contextually fits in and grows the collection.

Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph Watch Watch Releases

The Eterna Super Konktiki Chronograph will be available in two versions: one with a classy stainless steel mesh strap, and the other a black rubber strap for when you decide to use it for its intended purpose. Price for the strap version is $4,700 and price on the bracelet is $4,900. eterna.com

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  • Ulysses31

    I’ve always loved the Kontiki range and this is no exception. Handsome and distinctive. The column wheel doesn’t look particularly deep; i’m assuming the movement is thinner than average (which would be cool) but i’m not sure.

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    Stock photos – does that mean you are not planning on visiting the Eterna stand this year?

    • iamcalledryan

      I think we’ll be seeing a lot of stock photos for the next few days and then a huge load of hands-on follow-ups. In some respects it would be great to get the hands on only, but the sheer volume at Baselworld would mean that ABTW would miss the scoop on 90% of the event! At least they got the Daytona – that was a coup!

    • Shinytoys

      sweet…

  • Sevenmack

    As someone who is now enjoying his first KonTiki, I have to say this chrono is very pleasing to the eye.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Say hello to my nine Kontiki’s 🙂
      (see pic)

  • JimBob

    Why do the mesh bracelets always have to integrate so poorly with the case design?

  • Howie Boyd

    Hey Eterna, Hamilton Pan Europ Auto Chrono called and wants the design back.

    • E. Cheng

      How do you know that Hamilton Pan Europ Auto Chrono is the first design of all? I am really interested to know this because I’ve got a Pan Europ too (although I’ve also got an eight-day Eterna).

  • Timestandsstill

    Gotta love Eterna…. Maybe not to everyone’s taste but this is a nice diver/chronograph with a very good in house movement at a sharp price

  • Shinytoys

    Alaways have a soft spot in my heart for Eterna. I own a couple of their pieces and I’m very pleased with the build quality and in house made movements.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      I have a couple too 🙂
      (see pic)

      • Shinytoys

        Indeed you do 🙂 SWEET

  • peter_byford

    I have no desire to rain on this watch’s parade , or indeed any Eterna…..I love them, Kontiki or not, & of course that the brand evolved into ETA ( ebauche supplies ) It ekes, on the face of it as being totally Swiss , but in this article & others on Eterna, very few comments ,even in passing, is made of the fact that the Co is owned by the Chinese Hong Kong based Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Limited an investment holding company formerly known as China Haidian Holdings until 2014. Now some may so, ” So what ?” I tend to agree, but I wonder how this fact sits with a true-blue 100% Swiss watch fan…..the Chinese Co is already flexing it’s muscles seeking higher & higher returns on it’s investment in Eterna, so how long will it be before ‘ Swiss made’ won’t quite be the truth ? ……IMHO……not long now.

    • E. Cheng

      How do you know that Citychamp is “seeking higher & higher returns on its investment in Eterna”? According to what I read thru media, the new owner has not given any pressure to Eterna, but wants the brand to keep its current Swiss style. It’s my pleasure to learn from you if you have any evidence of the profit seeking behavior of Citychamp.

      • peter_byford

        Yes, but like any holding company, it has to review it’s profit return to keep it’s shareholders happy with investment dividends. Eterna is not therefore immune from this policy. I concede that Eterna is not primarily the target of this overview, but certainly comes under review as a matter of course. I agree that Eterna as a brand is hopefully left to plough it’s own furrow, but as it has a new paymaster, it has new responsibilities to fulfil. Once brands become under the umbrella of a holding company having many brands in it’s investment portfolio, I think the number crunchers hold sway. I will try, after this time,to post the link to the business model article I read.

        • peter_byford

          There’s this for starters. ” Not yet profitable ” is not good news for investors ?

          http://www.europastar.com/magazine/features/1004088992-special-report-mechanical-movements-who-does-what.html?artpage=6-7&zoom_highlight=“China+Haidian”

          • peter_byford

            Here it is. Maybe an opinion, but you can see where I drew my original remark from….’ I in brief I just heard that the Chinese owners wanted to see much more return on investment. ……So please don’t shoot the messenger lol !

            http://www.watch-insider.com/news/good-news-eterna/

          • E. Cheng

            This news may be a bit too old. Anyway, thanks for your information.

          • peter_byford

            Yes , maybe……but I’ve not really been bothered about Eterna since then & wouldn’t consider buying a new one. As one pundit said…” If Rolex was ever bought by a Chinese Co…..would you buy one ? China has no historical watchmaking heritage of note. Their economy has overheated, & some say slowed down considerably, so all areas of industry are under pressure…..even housing developments lie empty.
            This final link is an opinion again of course from 2013 , but many inwardly believe…..& so do I. Eterna , Corum etc etc are trade-able commodities now, & can be sold off on a whim at any time.

            http://www.watch-insider.com/news/dramatically-happening-eterna-porsche-design/

          • E. Cheng

            Sorry to say that you are too pessimistic toward Eterna and Corum. By the way, if Rolex were sold to a Japanese company, say Seiko, how would Rolex lovers respond to this? I am also a Hamilton lover, but I knew that many people didn’t like that Hamilton was acquired by Swatch group, and said that the brand no longer linked to its history. So, this is not whether “China has no historical watchmaking heritage of note”. Moreover, if you say the China’s economy has overheated, the Europe economy has already in depression. All main Swiss watches suppliers, such as the Swatch group, Richemont group, Movado group and LVMH group, are declining in earnings. As Mr. Samir Merdanovic, Director of Eterna Movement Company (EMC), said, “I would like to say that if the Chinese had not invested in Switzerland, it is probable that Eterna would no longer be up and running today! They also invested heavily in the development of EMC. We can thank them as they currently support a proportion of Swiss brands…”. Therefore, I will wait and see what the new owner will do rather than too early to make a conclusion.

          • E. Cheng

            Thanks for the information. However, it’s interesting to mention that in that news, the original writer highlighted the following “Last year we delivered between 4,000 and 5,000 pieces and this year we will again double our production or produce even more.” Will this be a good sign showing that EMC is “recovering”? Yet, this is EMC, but not their brands. Please watch the following video about what their boss said in the interview about their brands’ performance, starting from 2’55”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scs02Sng7lE