Today, we had the chance to meet with Eterna at Baselworld 2017 and it was impressive. How impressive? Let’s just say that out of the four of us who attended the discussion (plus a fifth who didn’t attend), all of us ordered a watch – the same watch. The Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture was so compelling, so affordable and nailed all the right details. Let’s take a closer look at why.

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture

Eterna announced a new KonTiki Diver line this year (we’ll come back in the next days with detail on these great looking and affordable divers) and chose to commemorate the announcement and the 70th anniversary of the KonTiki expedition by creating a limited edition Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture dive watch. Limited to 300 pieces, the watch will be available starting in September. It comes in at 44mm (wears much smaller so that even I can wear it) and features a case made of bronze (copper and tin), but uses an alloy without aluminum. This alloy should make it more resistant to turning green like so many bronze watches do after such little time. Water resistance is consistent with the other KonTiki’s at 200M and, thankfully, there’s no helium valve.

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture

When we feature the regular KonTiki divers in an upcoming article, you’ll see that the watches feature a date wheel and a Selitta movement. Not so with the Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture. It contains an in-house 3902A automatic that beats at 28,800 bph and contains a power reserve of 65 hours. As mentioned, there’s no date, which keeps the dial absolutely clean and clear. About that dial – it has a wonderful finish that Eterna calls black matte, but it has a lot more surface roughness to it in person. Add that to bronze colored hands with indices surrounded by the pinkish metal and you have a stunner. Plus, the uni-directional ceramic bezel contains Super-LumiNova numerals and, in what is truly a useful tool for recreational divers, a US Navy “no decompression” bezel. It gives a totally different esthetic to the watch and differentiates it versus so many other divers.

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture

The crown is massive and will also be solid bronze (it was PVD coated here) and was very tactile to use. Strap-wise, there’s a gorgeous waterproof, tack-stitched brown leather strap in 22mm with a bronze pin buckle that has the Eterna logo. Caseback-wise, the watch will show off the manufacture movement. We were all neither here nor there on this feature, as the normal line will receive a nicely engraved picture of the original boat used by Thor Heyerdahl. We’re told the packaging will be something like a Pelican case with bronze fittings – I can’t wait to see it.

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture

Convincingly, the Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture is priced at 2,990 Euros. For a diver with an in-house movement that absolutely ticks all the boxes, it was simply too good for our team to ignore. So, we all ordered pieces on the spot and specified the edition numbers that had meaning to us. Personally speaking, I work with copper extensively in my day job and I’ve long been searching for the right watch to purchase in order to act as a memento to my workday activities. The Oris Carl Brashear convinced me, but I waited too long and the watch was sold out. In many ways, I’m glad I hesitated because the Eterna leaves nothing wanting.

Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture

On the wrist, the Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture looks great. At 44mm, it’s not small, but it hugs the wrist with its curved lugs. Plus, against my relatively tan skin, the combination of the pinkish brushed metal combined with the distressed strap is really fitting. No, this isn’t a dress watch, but it feels like something I’ll wear a lot when I’m headed out socially. I also liked how the bezel and dial aren’t stark black as the whole watch just flows a lot better than if one aspect looks too “sharp”. An excellent job by Eterna. After all, when you convince an entire team to put down their money after seeing a lot of watches, you’ve done well.

Eterna KonTiki Bronze ManufactureFor more on the Eterna KonTiki Bronze Manufacture, head to the official Eterna site here.

  • Andy

    Put a deposit down for one if these today. Long wait until October though!

  • Roberto Fdez

    Amazing. I like it
    But, can somebody splain me, Why the didnt put lumen in the seconds hand?? That afect the ISO grade in a Diver Watch! Why??
    And its look the color of the crown its different for the rest of the broze case?
    Good presentation and review as well. Thanks

    • No idea on the lume part, but regaridng the crown, it was PVD coated with bronze for these prototypes. For production models, it will be solid bronze, so it will look consistent!

  • Robert2222

    Thank you for writing and posting this article. I have spent a long time online looking for a new purchase out of the watches introduced at this year’s Baselworld. My favorite go-to brands are Sinn, Fortis, Rolex and Omega. Nothing at Basel really appealed to me – regardless of cost. Then your article appeared. I already own Eterna watches made in the 1940s through the 1960s so this Kontiki bronze diver is a nice addition to my small Eterna collection. I reserved one of the 300 pieces.

    The only other bronze watch I might ever consider would be the Tudor Black Bay bronze. Unfortunately Tudor has diluted its Black Bay brand by introducing too many variations of Black Bays, including this year’s new releases. The Black Bay is in danger of becoming a boring watch.

  • Bizzarrini

    I also put a deposit down for this watch, largely based on your article. Can’t wait for the watch to arrive!

  • Dan Finch

    They are clearly going after the Tudor Bronze with this one! Why not, The Kon Tiki also has a lot of history. And this one is $1000 less and is a small limited edition. Also has an in house movement like the Tudor, but this one is visible. The Eterna movement is of a higher grade of finishing, where the Tudor looks very utilitarian. The Kon Tiki is non-Alum bronze and supposedly less prone to tarnishing. And it has a ceramic bezel! Overall, I think I the Kon Tiki has a more interesting design, and is the more unique choice. I’d pick it over the Tudor…