From years of watch gazing on various forums, I became intrigued with Eterna and many of its models. One in particular continued to stand out to me among the crowd; the Eterna KonTiki Automatic Chronograph (ref. 1240.41.63.0219). As fate would have it, I was able to pick up a minty specimen from a trusted collector.
Eterna was founded in 1856 by Urs Schild, but the company didn’t become popular until the early 1900’s in the midst of the wristwatch boom. Eterna’s earliest timepieces were marketed to women, whose wristwatches were made from pocket watches. In 1908, the company was able to patent the first alarm wristwatch and in 1932, Eterna established ETA, a subsidiary company born to provide movements for not only itself but other Swiss watch companies as well.
Ever ask yourself why this watch is called the “KonTiki?” Yeah, me neither, but since this is a KonTiki review, I’ll direct your attention, even for a few seconds, to what the KonTiki Expedition was. In 1947, a gentleman named Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer, piloted a raft known as the “KonTiki” across South America to the Polynesian Islands. The expedition was labeled a success after Thor and his crew made landfall in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7th, 1947. Of course, he was wearing an Eterna!
Eterna’s success has continued until modern times, where many of its models have garnered a cult like following. After owning one, I can see why Eterna is synonymous with quality and value.
Eterna KonTiki Automatic Specs:
Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Height: 15.8mm
Lug Size: 22mm
Lug to Lug: 47mm
Bracelet and Leather Strap Options Available
Movement: ETA Calibre 7750
Crystal: Sapphire with dual anti-reflective coating
Water Resistance: 200m/ 660ft
Retail Price: $4,595 (approximate)
The watch arrives to you in a cream colored Eterna inscribed two-piece box and inside a pushbutton wood grain presentation box with white velvet lining. I know what you’re thinking; very posh! The two piece box and the wood grain box are separated by a thin layer of foam wrapping. While this isn’t a must, and most couldn’t care less whether their watch box is wrapped or not, this simple extra step has told me that Eterna has gone above and beyond in delivering a product that does not disappoint. As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Ultimately, you’ll be the judge of that. As for me, this is what I have come to expect from a watch that retails near the $5,000 USD mark.
Very nice watch and well-written review. I just can’t decide if I like the white or black dial the most.
Impressive stats on a brand that does not get much love. Good information and fantastic pictures. Hope to see more
What a remarkable piece of craftsmanship. I’ve always been fond of the light colored faces since it feels it adds a bit of class. The story behind the name, along with the details in the article, would make me proud to wear such a beautifully designed timepiece. Well written review!
What a beautiful piece! Thanks for the detailed review. It has opened up my mind to yet another fine offering from a brand that I really never paid that much attention to.
Great informative review of the brand and the KonTiki Auto Chronograph. A real beauty that looks to be built well. I’ll definitely keep Eterna on the radar for future watch purchases. Look forward to reading more of your reviews.
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I’ve always liked the looks of the Eterna KonTiki models and enjoyed this excellent review. I am likely to pick up a three-hand version in the coming months. Thanks to the author for the information and outstanding photos!
Amazing watch and great review!
Great watch, I am amazed. I bet the picture doesn’t do it any justice. Thanks for the review!
Hei, excellenti review, this KonTiki is very nice watch, I just bought same watch 🙂