Eterna Super Kontiki Date 200m Diver Swiss Automatic 45mm Stainless Steel Black
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Among the many great historic dive watch “families” is the Eterna KonTiki. The famed range of sport watches has had a legion of variants over the years and has dabbled in entry-level to exotic depending on the model and the direction the company was going. What is clear, however, is that the personality and heritage of the KonTiki is too strong for the brand to ignore, so let’s take a look at the more recent generation of 1273.41 Eterna Super KonTiki dive watches, and see what this rather affordably priced “Super KonTiki Date” watch is all about.
aBlogtoWatch debuted this new Eterna Super KonTiki Date watch here back in 2015 when it was first introduced. Swiss Eterna decided to return to the roots of the KonTiki a bit by producing a relatively simple but easy-to-understand-and-wear Super KonTiki dive watch with a large tonneau-shaped case and powered by a sourced Swiss Sellita caliber SW200-1 automatic mechanical movement.
Dial design proportions are well done, and I appreciate the overall symmetry on the dial. Little details are welcome, such as the lumed arrow tipping the seconds hand and the proper length of the hour and minute hands. The design of the hour markers with some round and some “pizza slice” in shape is going to be a matter of taste, but the overall composition is done well.
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.
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.
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.
MODEL: Super Kontiki Date
MOVEMENT: Swiss Automatic
CASE: Stainless Steel
CROWN: Screw Down
DIAL: Black Dial
BEZEL: Black rotating Diver
CONDITION: Pre owned – As-New!
BOXES/PAPERS: Yes/Yes – Complete Eterna Box Set, Original Warranty Card, etc – Everything as shown in pictures!
WATER RESISTANCE: – 200m
STRAP/BRACELET: – Original Eterna Milanese Stainless Steel Bracelet with all links.
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