Introducing the Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture LE

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The KonTiki has been a staple of Eterna’s catalog since the 1950s. The line is named after the legendary 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition led by Norwegian explorer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl, who–with a small crew–sailed 4,300 miles across the Pacific on a hand-built raft made of Balsa wood and other native materials. His goal was to prove that ancient civilizations could have crossed open water using primitive sailing crafts. On his wrist, it has been oft said, was an Eterna watch. (For a look at the journey itself, I highly recommend watching both the 1950 Oscar-winning documentary film Kon-Tiki, and the 2012 Oscar-nominated dramatization also called Kon-Tiki.)

To honor the 70th anniversary of that incredible journey, Eterna is releasing a limited edition run of their KonTiki diver for the first time ever in a bronze case.KonTiki_Bronze_Manufacture - 2The KonTiki Bronze Manufacture measures 44mm wide and 14.05mm thick, with the bronze case featuring an all brushed finish. The bezel insert—which boasts a decompression gauge—is black ceramic. Turning to the dial, we’re met with a design that pays homage to the historical cues that helped to define the Kontiki line. The iconic triangular markers filled with luminescent material are contrasted against a textured black dial for optimal legibility. Additional specs include a sapphire crystal, an open case back and 200 meters of water resistance.

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It’s been a while since I’ve been drawn to a bronze watch, but the combination of elements here is quite stunning. Bronze, of course, is highly resistant to the corrosive effects of sea water, partly because it oxidizes and forms what is essentially a protective layer that many of us lovingly refer to as patina.

Powering the watch is Eterna’s 3902A, a mass-produced and modular in-house caliber beating 28,8000 bph with a power reserve of 65 hours. Eterna’s caliber 39 base is now the foundation for more than 88 movement references from the brand.

Kon-tiki Thor Heyerdahl
The famed Kon-Tiki expedition.

The KonTiki Bronze Manufacture comes on a waterproof brown leather band with a bronze pin buckle. It is limited to 300 pieces and currently available for pre-order with a final retail of $2,650. Eterna

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Ilya is worn&wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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  • RKP

    I’m not sure why all these companies keep on making watches that are larger than 42mm. 44mm is huge on my 7.5″ wrist.

  • gw01

    Great value! This cal.39 (in this case an in-house movement) is quite a stark contrast with other new no-name, re-cased, new nobody brands that use the same caliber (or slight variation) and want to sell for $1-$3K more… and its a bronze LE. Bravo, Eterna!!!

  • R Khalifa

    surprised to see actually a very, very reasonable price for this. not sure that it’s entirely to my tastes (would prefer a traditional dive bezel over the decompression bezel) but kudos to Eterna for bringing their manufacture movement and a good looking dial in at a real-world price. hope this is setting the trend for Eterna moving forward.

  • Andrew Hughes

    interesting… does the view of the crown side look wavy or faceted in a strange way? I could be a trick of the light… but you cannot see it from the top view….

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