Pre-Baselworld 2015 – Eterna Super KonTiki – Specs & Price
The name KonTiki should sound familiar to vintage collectors and dive watches aficionados. Since 1958, Eterna had a KonTiki watch in its collections, a watch made to celebrate a daring expedition across the Pacific. Since 1962, there’s also the Super KonTiki, a professional edition with rotating bezel made to dive in deep salty waters. For Baselworld 2015, Eterna comes back with a vintage-inspired reissue of the Super KonTiki, that includes a regular collection plus a very cool limited edition.
The Eterna Super KonTiki was kind of a superior watch back in 1962. It was the brand’s first dive watch with a rotating bezel and with a 200m water resistance. It was coming with all the classical attributes of a dive watch: a rotating bezel with a large and legible 60-minute scale, a black dial with massive luminous indexes and a robust stainless steel case. Now, for Baselworld 2015, Eterna pays tribute to this iconic dive watch with the launch of new Super KonTiki models inspired by the 1960s’ and 1970s’ originals.
The collection contains first a non-limited classical edition. It features a large sized 45mm pilot style case, with integrated lugs and massive case-bands – something that should remind you of a 1970s Heuer Autavia or a Omega Seamaster big blue. The 2015 Eterna Super KonTiki comes with a very legible black dial, with large contrasting triangular and round indexes and simple but efficient hands – both coated with luminous material. The bezel is of course rotating unidirectionally and features a 60-minute scale.
Three editions are available: a full black & white one with a thick mesh bracelet, a black / white / orange one with a black and orange NATO strap and a more coloured one, with all the indexes and the 60-minute scale painted in Orange, together with a vintage leather strap. The Eterna Super KonTiki indicates the hours, the minutes, the seconds and the date thanks to a simple but reliable out-sourced movement, the self-winding Sellita SW200.
To celebrate the come-back of the Super KonTiki, Eterna chose to add a launch-limited-edition (that could easily become quite collectible) in a jet-black tone with Orange accents. It uses the same design, the same dial, the same movement and the same hands but here, everything from the 45mm case to the numbers on the scale or the indexes are painted in mat black. The only touches of colour are the orange hands, the bezel triangular pointer, the date numerals and 12 small tips next to the indexes. This limited edition of the Eterna Super KonTiki will produced in a run of 888 pieces, with a special box that contains 3 different straps: a black coated mesh bracelet, a black and Orange NATO and a black leather strap.
While the non-limited editions are already some cool and inspired dive watches, with the right dosage of vintage clues and a modern twist, the black and orange limited edition of the Eterna Super KonTiki does really bring a fresh, cool look that will certainly create a collectible item. It will be priced at 2.600 Euros.
More details on Eterna Official.
Being an Eterna and in particular kontkiki fan, I would have preferred a 40-42mm case size and if they’d kept the iconic 1973 hands, which gave the super kontiki a lot of personality.