Eterna-Matic Kon-Tiki “Costa Smeralda Yachting” Club!! This watch must have one of the longest names in watch making history! However, every word is needed! Let’s break it down…
In its uncompromising quest for absolute mechanical perfection, Eterna has developed pioneering solutions for centuries-old watch making challenges in the course of it more than 150-year brand history.
With the invention in 1948 of the Eterna-Matic, the “five ball-bearing” mounted rotor system that reduces friction, Eterna revolutionised automatic movements. This invention is still celebrated, in Eterna’s “5 Dot” logo, seen on their watches to this day.
In 1937, a newly married Thor Heyerdahl decided to extend his honeymoon on the Marquesas Islands, ideally located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The geography and zoology he had studied at the University of Oslo gradually led the young Norwegian to formulate a daring hypothesis. He came to suspect that the prevailing winds and maritime currents could have made possible the human colonisation of Polynesia by people from South America rather than from the continent of Asia. Furthermore, the name of an Inca sun-god, Kon-Tiki, seemed to appear in Polynesian religious myths.
Ten years later, Thor Heyerdahl found himself in Callao, on Peru’s Pacific coast, overseeing the construction of a balsawood raft similar to those known to have existed before the Spanish conquest. The budding explorer named it Kon-Tiki in salute to the Inca sun-god.
After rounding up sufficient financial backing, he and five other Scandinavians with varying scientific interests sailed from Callao on April 28 1947, with minimal supplies and a radio set. The six men relied on Pacific winds and currents to propel them all the way to Polynesia.
Strapped to his wrist, each Kon-Tiki crew member carried an Eterna timepiece, the contribution of one of the few watch manufacturers of the day to have truly mastered watchcase water-tightness.
After 101 adventurous days and nights, covering some 8,000 kilometres (4,320 nautical or 4,971 land miles), the voyage ended somewhat abruptly on the coral reefs of the Raroia atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago. The crew was fine, the raft a bit the worse for wear.
The Eterna watches, for their part, were running as smoothly as ever, unaffected by the water, moisture, the possibility of salt corrosion and temperature variations.
“Costa Smeralda Yachting” Club, Limited Edition…
This particular 200m Diver is a limited edition, made for the world famous Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in Italy.
The Yacht Club was founded in 1967 by H.H. the Aga Khan and it is situated at Porto Cervo in Costa Smeralda, Northern Sardinia. It has been associated with the Italian Sailing Federation since 1968 and with the Italian Powerboat Federation since 1978. Being famous the world over for the Regattas they organise, a watch to celebrate the Club was a natural choice.
Which finally brings us to our watch…!
This watch can only be described as “almost” perfect. It comes with its original inner and outer boxes and we can only assume the watch was rarely taken from them!
The absolutely perfect black face with the YCCS logo at six o’clock is complimented with gold and luminous hour markers. A date window at 3 displays the date in black on a white background, making it really easy to read. The baton hour and minute hands are complimented by a lollypop second hand. The lume is good and strong!
The crystal is without a scratch and is surrounded by an unmarked black and gold uni-directional “60 click” bezel. A very good positive “click” it is too! The luminous pearl at 12 is missing with just a small amount remaining in the base. As we say, “almost” perfect.
The polished case has very tiny, almost invisible, scratches to it. However, these aren’t really visible unless you have a magnifying loop! The same can be said for the Bracelet too. There are light scratches to the edge of some of the links where it has been adjusted for size. It fits a 20cm wrist comfortably.
We haven’t mentioned the packaging!
This watch comes with both its original inner and outer packaging and both are in reasonable shape. The white, paper-over-card, outer box is a little scuffed and shows some wear to its edges, but overall is in outstanding condition for its age. The inner box, made from a “soft-feel” PVC type material has suffered more so. The PVC has started to degrade and has become soft. A previous custodian of the watch has covered this box in cling-film to reduce its degradation further. The white “watch pad” inside, is also present.
A truly amazing watch that’s nearly 20 years old!
REF: eterna.com, yccs.it