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HANDS-ON: The Eterna KonTiki Super Chronograph – a bang-for-buck in-house chrono

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A peer of the Submariner and the Fifty Fathoms, the Eterna KonTiki is one of the all-time great dive watches, with its own equally cool backstory. In 1947, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl sailed from Peru to the Polynesian islands on a 14-foot balsa-wood raft called the Kon-Tiki. The 6900km journey took 101 days, and at its end Heyerdahl proved that South American exploration and settlement of the Pacific was possible. He and his team completed their epic voyage with Eterna timepieces on their wrists, and so, in 1958 Eterna adopted the KonTiki name for its adventure-oriented line of watches. The watch has evolved since then – various designs, cases and complications have come and gone, but reliability and robustness have always been crucial. One particularly coveted vintage reference is the Super KonTiki made for the Israel Defence Forces in the 1970s. It’s from this bulky, cushion-shaped case that today’s Eterna Super KonTiki Chronograph takes its inspiration. At 45mm across by 16mm high, the watch is built like a tank, which is appropriate given its military roots, but like most cushion-shaped cases, it wears well. It comes on rubber or mesh as standard – two classic choices for a vintage-inspired diver. The dial, in blue… Read More