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KonTiki was the name of the balsa wood raft used by the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. Thor and his crew crossed the Pacific in 1947 as they 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. Their journey lasted 101 days and nights before Thor 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 the balsa wood raft used in 1947. The watch was to become Eterna’s most rugged and 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 exceptional robustness and stands out by having the KonTiki icon cast on the case back. 

Brand: Eterna
Model: Kontiki
Movement: Automatic 
Functions: Solid stainless steel "waterproof" case with screw-down back.    
Case: 37mm
Crystal: Plexiglass 
Strap: Original bracelet " Gay Freres"
Lug/buckle: 18mm
Box & papers: No

This Eterna watch comes as watch only. The watch is in good vintage condition with an even dial color. 
The watch is functioning fine and keeping time within spec, previous service history is unknown. 

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