Eterna-Matic became the new name for all automatic watches produced by Eterna. The Eterna-Matic movement was not just an important invention in the company’s history, but also represents a groundbreaking step in the evolution of the entire watch industry. The technology took the art of watchmaking to new levels and construction and placement of the ball bearings soon became a contraption that all the other watch companies tied to copy.
The Eterna-Matic was known to many as the absolutely best watch for outdoor adventures. The watch model had an era of 50 years, as the first was produced from 1948 and the last produced in 1998. An Eterna-Matic from that period is definitely a watch worth checking out the next time you consider to getting hold of a vintage watch.
Eterna-Matic KonTiki 1958
KonTiki was the name of the balsawood raft used by the Norwegian explore Thor Heyerdahl, as he together with his crew crossed the Pacific in 1947. He set out from the Peruvian coast heading for the Polynesian atoll.
The journey was Thor Heyerdahl’s way of proving a scientific point claiming that the inhabitants of the Polynesian atoll originally descended from Peru. The journey was to last 101 days and nights before Skipper Heyerdahl reached Polynesia and proved his point.
Essentially for the operation to work, each one of the crew members had been equipped with an Eterna watch to keep track of time, tides and destination. These watches never left their wrists as their survival could depend on it. As they accomplished their mission in 1947, their success gained them a place in history.
In 1958, this triumph was celebrated as Eterna launched a watch line which shares the name of an Inca Sun God and the balsawood raft Thor Heyerdahl used in 1947 when crossing the oceans to proof sceptics wrong. The watch line was to become Eterna’s most ruggedly, reliable edition.
The watch was superior to other watches in all ways as it was water resistant to more than 200 meters due to its screw down case back. The case was built for an exceptional robustness and stands out by having the KonTiki icon cast on its back case.
The Eterna-Matic KonTiki has for more than half a century demonstrated exemplary toughness, water resistance and precision on the wrist of countless other adventurers.
Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.