Eterna Super KonTiki Date Watch Review pg. 2

Eterna Super KonTiki Date Watch Review

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The tonneau-style case has contrast-polished-and-brushed surfaces and is topped with a rotating diver-style bezel. Designed with the 1970s-era Eterna Super KonTiki watch in mind, the bezel insert has a good look and is produced from aluminum. The bezel itself (in steel) rotates solidly with assuring clicks. Eterna puts itself a bit in the past using an aluminum versus ceramic bezel, which make the Eterna Super KonTiki feel that much more retro. I'm not against the aluminum bezel insert, but it is hard not to want one in ceramic knowing the latter material has much greater scratch resistance.

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Going back to the movement, the Swiss Sellita SW200-1 is a functional equivalent to the ETA 2824-2. Self-winding, the movement has 38 hours of power reserve operating at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800bph). On the back of the Eterna Super KonTiki, the screw-down caseback has two types of engraving. First are the very nicely done deeper engravings which are of the Eterna brand name and the Kon-Tiki ship that Thor Heyerdahl sailed across the Pacific Ocean in 1947. Around those engravings are more simple laser-cut engravings which aren't as impressive-looking, but get job done.

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For now, there are three versions of the 1273.41 family of Eterna Super KonTiki Date watches and each comes on a different strap as well as having a different color scheme on the dial. On a rubber strap and looking the most modern is the reference 1273.41.46.1382 with the black and red-accented dial. With a more specific vintage-flair is the reference 1273.41.49.1363 that has yellow-cream lume color (and matching markers on the bezel) that is paired to a brown calfskin leather strap. This reviewed Eterna Super KonTiki Date is the reference 1273.41.40.1718 that most looks like its historic analogs with a black and white dial that is given color only in the yellow/gold 60 minute marker on the bezel (sadly, the bezel has no luminant on it). Attached to this latter model is a quite decent mesh metal "Milanese" steel bracelet.

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I am not always a fan of mesh metal bracelets, but they can work very well when matched to the right case and when they operate properly. Some mesh metal bracelets have links to take out, or even need to be physically cut to size. Thankfully, Eterna uses a bracelet with an easy-to-adjust deployant clasp that slides along the bracelet and can be locked into place allowing for a perfectly precise fit and that has the excess bracelet being tucked under the strap so it looks clean when worn. This is about the best you can expect in a bracelet like this - which has a very solid and comfortable fit. Eterna did what they needed to do in order to make sure the mesh metal bracelet experience on the Eterna Super KonTiki is as good as possible.

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Given that the sporty/dive watch category is so competitive, it is difficult to suggest this particular timepiece over so many others that vary in small ways less about functionality and more about personal taste and subjective comfort. With that said, Eterna has its own nice dive watch heritage that it is nicely keeping alive, and when it comes to purpose, style, and value, there is a lot to enjoy here. Prices for the Eterna Super KonTiki Date watch are $1,800 on rubber, $1,900 on leather, and $2,000 for this 1273.41.40.1718 version on the mesh metal bracelet. eterna.com

Necessary Data
>Brand: Eterna
>Model: Super KonTiki Date reference 1273.41.40.1718
>Price: $2,000 USD as tested
>Size: 45mm wide, 12.6mm thick
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes.
>Friend we'd recommend it to first: Someone looking for a historically-relevant Swiss diver without a premium price and some distinctive style.
>Best characteristic of watch: Solid build and durable feel on the wrist with overall good assortment of design features and materials. Good quality mesh metal bracelet.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Dial design will not please all fans even though it works well. Aluminum bezel insert feels "last-generation."

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  • No the subject of this review (and I may be jumping the gun on a future review, but) we also saw a lovely blue Kon Tiki Chronograph at BaselWorld. Same basic attributes though. These watches are not petite but they have a nice retro vibe along with a modern big watch size.

    • ??????

      Great piece! I wonder how would it look on thick racing leather strap? Like this:

      • I like the racing strap but it looks like they could have made the lugs wider as the size of the case overpowers the strap.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    Sometimes I wonder what percentage of watches sold in the world are divers, dress watches, pilots and the other categories. Should be an interesting statistic.

    • And then there’s the “dress diver” category, and “Watches that people insist are dive watches, but really aren’t” and of course let’s not forget, motorsport inspired “racing watches”.

      • With driving gloves, ha ha.

        • Boogur T. Wang

          diving gloves?

          • But of course, how could I have missed that…

          • egznyc

            You know, I’m surprised Omega cannot work with NASA’s supplier to offer Moonwatches paired with space gloves. Because oh so many of us ride rockets to space …

          • You are so right. On 3 day weekends, I frequency visit the Moon and without space gloves my hands get very chapped from wind burn while ascending through the atmosphere while I hold onto the outside of the rocket (that way I can let go whenever I see foam or tiles departing the boosters or capsule). But seriously, what do desk diving gloves look like?

          • egznyc

            I find that for myself, I need a solid four days out of my office to pilot off to the Moon and back. And then I’m always bummed that I didn’t get to really enjoy my time away, as the journey itself takes too long. Yeah, even with seven million pounds of thrust behind me, there is no denying it’s a significant distance. For your issue, I’d advise that you just stay inside the capsule if you can.

            As for desk diving gloves, I was hoping you could design some. Maybe throw in a pair for your Ka La Sport model or if your margins are tight, add them as a new accessory item.

          • Only a prototype of Desk Diving Gloves of course…

          • egznyc

            Interesting design choices. I’d been expecting white gloves (maybe to test the cleanliness of various office surfaces).

            By the way, if the fountain pen is a Montblanc, then could the pencil be a Tissot? 😉

          • My design choices were strictly based on the results of a Google image search for items with the proper orientation (so I would have less photo hacking to do). Cheers.

      • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

        Let’s not forget about those dive watches that must have helium escape valve to compensate for pressure differences when you wash your hands.

        • JimBob

          If you’re going to wear a desk diver, you should go all in.

  • Michael Kinney

    I guess without a lume pip on the bezel it can’t be a diver’s watch, so I guess it is indeed a nice-looking “all-purpose Swiss sports lifestyle watch.” Now there’s a phrase that damns with faint praise I ever heard one.

  • I love me some Eterna, but the design of the Kon Tiki Super Heritage 1973 was more cohesive. I’m not feeling the mixed hour markers on the new version.

    • Nice, but I think I may prefer the hands on the new one by just a bit. The batons on the older one are nice if a bit generic looking. Cheers.

    • SuperStrapper

      For the most part I agree. I prefer the round, framed date window at 6 on this new iteration. I’m torn on the full Polish vs polished/brushed. The full Polish looks great in marketing images, but won’t wear as well as a brushed case. And this is a sport watch.

  • Bill W

    Too much cushion for the pushin’

  • BNABOD

    nice design but 2K for SW200 and Alu bezel, maybe throw in their own in house mvt to spice things up then 2K would be more manageable. Don’t know about the date…looks kinda odd to me.

  • iamcalledryan

    Hits the spot. For me, I would happily pay a bit more for them to put the Cal.39 in it. I like the date window – if you must use one I like the idea of concealing it within a marker.

    • Timestandsstill

      Agree, $2500 with Cal. 39 would have been sweet.

  • Mimiju

    Looks A LOT like the Hamilton Pan Europ (which I find far more attractive).

  • TrevorXM

    I find it amusing and ironic that an Eterna watch is using a clone of a movement created by Eterna originally, because Eterna can’t use the ETA version — which is an Eterna derived calibre! The Eterna calibre 12824 > ETA 2824 > Sellita SW200

    As for the watch, I do like it but aluminium bezels suck. And it’s nowhere near the level of the Oris Aquis which I’ve just bought in my opinion. Certainly not design-wise.

    • iamcalledryan

      I await the full circle, whereby Eterna movements become the new go-to in a post-ETA world.

      • I agree, but so far all of the in-house movements (that I know about) that Eterna produces are based on the Caliber 39 which has a larger diameter than an 2824 or 2892 and is much thicker. So they are far from being a drop in replacement like other alternatives (STS 1-11, Soprod A10, Ronda R150, etc.). Cheers.

        • iamcalledryan

          Quite right – will have to come from their “in development” box..

        • Benjamin Ramos

          Quite the WIS you are 🙂

          • Not so much, but I asked Eterna about movements to 3rd parties at BaselWorld 2013 and at that time, they were going to produce a staggering number of variations but all based on the Caliber 39 which is the thickness of an ETA 7750 and the diameter of an ETA 6497. So it’s a big boy designed for modern large watches – which brings the date out from the center, etc. But that means the minimum case size and thickness are also hefty. While some people moan about the date wheel placement on the ETA 2824 and 2892 families of movements (and their clones), other people complain about ever increasing case sizes. So I think the 26 mm movement still has a place. I’d like to see Eterna enter the fray. Cheers.

        • JimBob

          And 60 hours.

  • Han Cnx

    Seems the bezel lacks a lume pip.. I thought that’s required for a true diver that adheres to the ISO standard.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Chunkier than it needs to be but still very nice,

  • cg

    Nice… 45 borders on too big but still wearable for most. Always been partial to mesh and clean clear faces.

  • Nelson

    The mesh bracelet really matches well.

  • JimBob

    I like how the date hole matches the 3 and 9 markers.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Great watch. Great review.
    Excellent photos accompanying the article.

  • Larry Holmack

    Sorry…I am not into dive watches. Just too many of them out there, and I only use them as beaters. I know some guys who have 15 watches and they all look the same…a dive watch with a black dial and bezel and white numerals..only the names have been changed. Eterna, Tudor, CW, Oris….all the same to me…and I wouldn’t give you a nickle for any of them.

  • Vukasin

    I like the symmetry of the dial.

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