Swiss watch brand Eterna marks the 70th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl’s legendary KonTiki expedition with a bold new limited edition timepiece manufactured, for the very first time, out of bronze.
In celebration of this important anniversary, the new Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture Limited Edition continues the magnificent story of the KonTiki adventure with a bold and highly recognizable design.
Triangular luminescent hour markers are contrasted against a jet-black, granite-patterned dial that provides excellent legibility, while a unidirectional rotating bezel frames the dial with a «no decompression limits scale». This «no decompression limits scale» provides divers with a useful backup to their diving computers as it indicates the amount of time a diver can spend at a particular depth before he will have to decompress.
With a water-resistance of 200 metres, the Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture is ready for adventures both on the surface of the water and at the depths of the ocean. The diving style has not been neglected either, as the timepiece is fitted with a water-resistant leather strap that is durable and comfortable and whose dark brown colour brings out the warmth of the bronze case.
This special collection dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the KonTiki expedition is limited to 300 pieces.
Calibre Maison Eterna 3902A, power reserve 65h, 28’800 v.p.h, 30 jewels, 1 ball bearing
Hour, minute, second
All brushed bronze, rotating black ceramic bezel, case back secured with screw down, case back in SST, sapphire crystal opening
Scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Dimensions: ∅ 44.0 mm / 14.05mm
Waterproof brown leather strap, bronze pin buckle
CHF 2 890 / € 2 990 / $ 2 950/ GBP 2 600
About the Kontiki Expedition, 1947
In 1947, the Norwegian explorer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl and his crew of scientists set sail across the Pacific Ocean on a hand-built raft to prove that ancient civilizations could have crossed the seas using primitive sailing crafts. Equipped with only the most rudimentary of instruments—except for a radio and six Eterna timepieces— the expedition was a huge success, marking new understanding in the movement of populations, and the start of one of the most iconic watch collections— The Eterna KonTiki.
Their watches likewise survived the journey and shown no sign of damage from salt water, the humidity or the fluctuating temperatures. The technical findings and expertise taken from the creation of the timepieces for this successful expedition subsequently flowed into the further development of Eterna’s sports watches.