Eterna Super Kontiki Chronograph
The Eterna Super Kontiki Chronograph is a diver’s watch featuring an in-house column-wheel chronograph movement. Angus Davies delves into the specification of this fascinating timepiece.
This detailed review of the Eterna Super Kontiki Chronograph includes live images, specification details and pricing.
In some areas of life I have exhibited a tendency to be impetuous and to dive in. There have been uninhibited shopping trips where I have bought numerous items of clothing when no real need existed.
On other occasions when a car has caught my eye overtaking me on a motorway it has led to a detour to a car dealership and the purchase of a new vehicle has ensued. The flip side of diving in, however, can be post purchase regret and feeling a sense of foolishness at the financial abandon shown.
Probably one of the few areas where I exercise some control relates to the acquisition of a new wristwatch. However, now Swiss watch brand Eterna is tempting me to dive into deep waters with one of its latest timepieces, the Super Kontiki Chronograph, a diver’s watch imbued with hewn from granite robustness.
The first thing you notice with this Eterna timepiece is the prominent white, luminescent triangular hour markers. They appear to form a series of interlocking lines which populate the full surface of the dial.
The luminescent hour and minute hands are very bold and highly legible and, together with the hour markers, confer ease of read off. The central chronograph seconds hand features a small white triangular tip and an arrowhead-shaped counterweight. The index at noon features the Eterna logo, a reference to the brand’s ball-bearing mounted rotor system.
Two snailed subdials deliver a wonderful sense of symmetry to the dial. The subdial at 3 o’clock combines a 30-minute chronograph register with a 12-hour chronograph register. Opposite, adjacent 9 o’clock, is a small seconds display.
Finally, a date display resides at 6 o’clock and concludes the inventory of functions.
The case measures 45mm in diameter, with a thickness of 16.05mm. The proportions feel perfectly attuned to a diver’s watch, allowing sufficient room for each indication to breathe. Would-be wearers can choose from black dial/bezel and blue dial/bezel variants. Further choice is provided with a rubber strap or mesh style bracelet.
The rotating bezel sits high above the main case body according the Super Konitiki Chronograph with a unique aesthetic. The case profile is a highly attractive barrel shape, further differentiating this watch from many other divers’ watches on the market. The pushpieces operate with a wonderful tactile feel, a trait which can be attributed to the column-wheel chronograph movement.
Surprisingly for a diver’s watch, this Eterna watch is equipped with an exhibition caseback. However, with a beautiful movement housed within the case, this seems a prudent decision on the maison’s part. The maximum water resistance of this watch is not the greatest, 200 metres, but for the vast majority of wearers it is more than sufficient.
The Calibre Maison Eterna 3916A is an in-house column wheel chronograph with an impressive power reserve of 65 hours. Actuating the central chronograph seconds results in a stutter-free departure from the starting gate.
The movement does not display the merest hint of utility, courtesy of its oh-so beautiful appearance. The column wheel, with its eight pillars, is freely disclosed. Blued screws populate the movement, doffing their hat to watchmaking etiquette. The levers look incredibly robust and far superior to many items I come across. The rotor has been microblasted to provide a dark grey appearance.
This is a flyback chronograph. While the chronograph is operational, the wearer can press the pushpiece at 4 o’clock and in one action, stop, reset and restart the stopwatch. This facility proves ideal for timing successive time intervals.
I have toured Eterna’s Grenchen facility and was very impressed. This movement is assembled in Grenchen and ‘seventy per cent of the parts’ used within the movement are manufactured on-site. In an industry where part manufacture often involves a myriad of suppliers, this degree of in-house ability is highly impressive.
The Eterna Super Kontiki Chronograph has a plethora of attributes. It has a highly legible dial. In my opinion, the case is optimally proportioned and I adore the barrel shaped profile. The movement is beautifully executed, especially considering the comparatively modest asking price of £3980 (RRP – 15.12.2016 for the bracelet version). The facility of a flyback function and column-wheel movement, again at this price level, makes this timepiece all the more impressive.
Indeed, it is when one considers how much this watch offers for comparatively little that the rationale for purchase seems a wise and prudent decision. Go ahead and dive in.
- Model: Eterna Super Kontiki Chronograph
- Reference: Variant dependent
- Case: Polished and brushed steel; diameter 45mm; height 16.05mm; water resistant to 20 bar (200 metres); sapphire crystal to front and rear
- Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, flyback chronograph
- Movement: Calibre Maison Eterna 3916A; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 35 jewels; power reserve 65 hours
- Strap: Rubber strap with pin buckle or Mesh bracelet with folding clasp
- Price: £3835 with rubber strap / £3980 with bracelet (RRP as at 15.12.2016)