Saturday, April 8, 2017

ETERNA KonTiki Diver Gent

The new KonTiki Diver watch takes inspiration from a vintage ETERNA dive watch from the 1970s. Divers at the time used “no decompression” tables developed by the US Navy to determine how many minutes they could safely spend at each depth and still go directly to the surface. By adhering to these tables, divers could avoid having to pause for decompression during ascent and ward o  the bends. The markings on the bezel of the KonTiki Diver denote the depths and their corresponding “no deco limits”, assuming the diver aligned the arrow with the minute hand upon starting his descent. While nowadays divers wear digital dive computers that take care of those vital underwater calculations, no decompression limits are still important and the KonTiki Diver is a reminder of that, and of a time when a dive watch and a depth gauge comprised the original dive computer.
The KonTiki Diver’s distinctive bezel is topped with a scratchproof engraved ceramic ring, and ratchets anticlockwise to eliminate the risk of time being added to a dive by an errant bump. The polished and brushed stainless steel case is a substantial 44 millimeters in diameter, sealed tight by a screwed-down crown and caseback, and pressure tested to 20 bar, the equivalent of 200 meters of depth.
The timepiece is equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement, the Sellita calibre SW200 with 26 jewels offering 38 hours of autonomy. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects the matte dial in black or blue, adorned with the distinctive triangular luminous markers that have appeared on ETERNA KonTiki watches since the 1960s. A white dial version offers unmatched legibility in dark conditions thanks to a fully luminous dial with grey markers and a matching grey ceramic bezel ring.
The black and blue dial versions of the KonTiki Diver are available on either color matched rubber straps replete with fold over locking clasps, or a polished and brushed steel bracelet. The white dial version is offered only on the steel bracelet.
Technical details
References
BLACK 1290.41.89.1418
BLUE 1290.41.49.1417
BLACK 1290.41.49.1753
WHITE 1290.41.59.1753

Movement
Sellita calibre SW200 Power reserve 38h, 28’800 A/h,
26 jewels, 1 ball bearings

Functions
Hour, minute, second, date

Case
Polished and brushed stainless steel
Bezel with black/blue Ceramic Ring or Bezel with black/white Ceramic Ring
Case back secured with screw down
Crystal: Scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Diameter: ∅ 44 mm, 12.20 mm

Dial
Black/blue matt structured or
Black/white all super luminova matt structured

Strap
Black/blue Rubber or
Polished and brushed stainless steel
Folding diver clasp

Price
With strap: CHF 1 790 / € 1 850 / $1 800
With bracelet: CHF 1 890 / € 1 950 / $1 950

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