1960s Eterna-Matic KonTiki (Ref. 130TT)
Many iconic timepieces have been closely associated with expeditions especially in the tool watch category – from the highest mountain accents to the deepest depths of the ocean even into outer space the need for accurate timekeeping has always been a top priority. The 1947 KonTiki expedition was not about setting records, it was a trek by raft from South America to the Polynesian Islands to establish indigenous Polynesians are descendants of South America and not from Central Asia. The guide of the expedition wore an Eterna on his wrist and in 1958, Eterna selected the KonTiki designation for its most rugged line in tribute to Thor Heyerdahl’s odyssey.
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The 37mm stainless steel case is fantastic, at some angles even appearing slightly asymmetrical due to the large inset crown. The case has been polished in the past but it retains all its original angles and lines that make it unique. The case retains its original unsigned crown. Fitted underneath is the original Kon Tiki medallion screw-down case back in crisp condition. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc leather strap.
The silver sunburst dial is in beautiful condition and features a light and charming speckled patina. The hour markers are a unique and fantastic use of tall, robust stainless chevron blocks, giving the dial a sense of rawness and depth. The tritium lume set in the markers remains slightly present under U.V. light inspected and in mostly degradaed. The original hands are tritium-filled, under U.V. light inspection the minute hand displays a lume repair with tritium and is a lighter color than the original dark lume, the mintue hand retains all of its original lume with no degradation.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping.