In November 2015, two boats will set sail towards Easter Island. The journey will take 6 weeks and cover more than 6,000 kilometers of ocean. Onboard will be the Eterna Super KonTiki, and the journey is a recreation of the famous voyage made by Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl in 1947.

The watches in the KonTiki line are a tribute to the courage of the noted archaeologist and ethnologist. The 32-year-old Norwegian and five other scientists set out from the Peruvian coast into the Pacific Ocean on a simple raft made of balsa wood named after Kon-Tiki, an Incan sun god.

Heyerdahl aimed to prove that it would have been technically possible for the pre-Columbian Indians of South America to reach Polynesia with the help of the Humboldt Current and the Passat wind. On their wrists the researchers wore specially made, extremely tough and reliable watches from Eterna’s workshops.

The crew put their trust in these navigation aids whenever they had to carry out maneuvers or make decisions upon which depended not only the success of their mission but also the survival of the men themselves. After 101 days and nights on the high seas, with almost 8000 kilometers behind them, Thor Heyerdahl and his crew finally reached the Raroia atoll in Polynesia.

Their watches also survived the journey and showed no sign of damage from salt water, the humidity or the fluctuating temperatures. The technical findings and expertise taken from the creation of the timepieces for this successful expedition subsequently flowed into the further development of Eterna’s sports watches.

The watch line rapidly established itself as a benchmark for extreme sportiness, reliability, precision, ruggedness and resilience. The KonTiki watch was first introduced in 1958. Even the earliest KonTiki steel cases were water-resistant to 200 metres, but in 1962, Eterna went one step further and developed the Super KonTiki for professional divers, the first diver’s watch with a rotating bezel. Its large, highly legible Roman numerals supplied divers with the information they needed to time decompression stops correctly during ascents.

The KonTiki Collection 2015

Now, in 2015, Eterna pays tribute to both watch and the Kontiki voyage with the launch of new Super KonTiki models inspired by the 1960s’ and 1970s’ originals.

The new watches feature the same solid case with its contoured sides, as well as the characteristic rotating bezel with its chunky, knurled edges, as their predecessors. The triangular indices, shaped like a compass needle, are likewise a stylistic element that characterized the first KonTiki watches. The watches are fitted with Selitta SW200-1 automatic movements with 38 hours of power reserve.

The Super KonTiki Black Limited Edition is limited to just 888 watches. The case is in jet-black. The orange-colored, SuperLuminova-coated hands and luminescent dots adjacent to the hour indices stand out against the jet-black dial affording excellent legibility whatever the lighting conditions.

The Super KonTiki Black Limited Edition comes with a black Milanese bracelet, a black NATO strap with a central orange stripe that exactly matches the color of the hands, as well as a black leather strap.

A closer to the original offering are the three unlimited versions in stainless steel. In these models, the compass needle-shaped indices on the black dial and the luminescent hands are finished either in neutral white or an eye-catching yellow. They too come on a choice of a Milanese mesh steel bracelet, a black and orange NATO strap or a leather strap. Cost for the Super KonTiki is €1,900 while the other models will retail at €1,700 or€1,800.

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