I have an Eterna KonTiki (130TT) that has a 1424UD movement (the movement does not have a serial numbers, the markers are of the "stone" type (i.e., not "pennant" and not "baton"), and so I am guessing sometimes in the mid-1960s and before the KonTiki 20 came out in 1968). It's out for service, otherwise I'd post a picture of it. The markers are all "horizontal" grooved bars ("horizontal" meaning running in the same direction as the dial printing) with one longer marker at 9 and double horizontal markers at 12 and 6.
It came with a relatively low profile (almost blends into the contour of the case), gently domed, plain crown, around 6.5mm in diameter. Does anyone have a watch of similar vintage? If so, can you tell me if you've seen a signed crown? I know that on the original version (1950s), the crown had a little "helmet" shape, but almost every example after that I have seen has had a plain one similar to mine. I don't know if
- Eterna just cheaped out (they have been out of business a few times);
- whether there was one common replacement sold (I have seen quite a few similar - but taller and screwdown - on KonTiki 20s); or
- whether someone polished the balls off this one.
At any rate, Eterna's only current replacement crown is a tube and crown set (same as on the last 2824-2 version) that runs $110 for the parts and $85 for installation (at least in the U.S.... ouch!) - and it's bigger, uglier, less convenient, and easier to damage. Anybody have experience in replacing the non-screw crowns? I'm trying to keep this accurate. Well, to a point.
Second, does anyone have good scans of the plain Kontiki pages from the 1960s catalogs? I'm curious as to whether this watch was originally blue or black - the calendar is black, which given my study of dial styles, meant it could be either.
Finally (and sorry to ask so many focused questions at once), what did an Eterna buckle from the mid-1960s look like? Was it (a) a tang with a little tab with five balls on it; (b) a tang with a rectangular spot impressed and in it the 5 balls; or (c) a totally rectangular shape with a big sandblasted rectangle with the give balls?