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.The 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.