Thanks once again to Time & Gold here in Vancouver, and especially Juanita who really assisted me in the selection of this watch. I have been a customer there since 1997. Time & Gold always has a fondness for me, being a hugely successful family owned jeweller here in Vancouver. One of the few successful businesses that has the ability to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and humble all at once. Always a pleasure to visit, and even more so when I come across a watch to purchase!
This is what happened to my Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34mm that I sold very recently: It became this Eterna KonTiki Bronze LE watch which I should not even like! At 44mm and 14.24mm thick it is far larger than any watch I would normally consider. Yet, it fits, and sits on my wrist like it belongs there.
I suppose this symbolizes my entire life in many ways. For the longest time, I tend to go along with what seems to be a very "sensible" course in my lifeline. Suddenly, something appears to change all that, and I end up totally mesmerized and wondering if I did the right thing. This watch evokes certain emotions which I have found in few other watches.
This watch, to me, betrays all the concepts of what a watch "should" be. If you feel the surfaces of the bezel and the crown, they are actually rough and sharp. Yet you cannot complain about how they are finished at all. Very easy to grip which, I suppose, is a major factor in the handling of a true diver watch by one who actually does use it for diving. There is an incredible matt finish on the dial, gorgeous in fact, with what looks like small grains of sand dispersed within the grains of the dial. Even the ceramic bezel is a matt finish, in fact I thought at first it might be some kind of rubberized material. Normally, I am quite turned off by a ceramic diver bezel, and wish they were all stainless steel or some type of painted aluminum.
The markers, in particular the ones at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock are enormous. The scale on the rotable bezel is unlike any I have seen. Anyway, the Eterna website describes the attributes far better than I ever could:
"Triangular luminescent hour markers are contrasted against a jet-black, granite-patterned dial that provides excellent legibility, while a unidirectional rotating bezel frames the dial with a no decompression limits scale. This no decompression limits scale provides divers with a useful backup to their diving computers as it indicates the amount of time a diver can spend at a particular depth before he will have to decompress."
And a word about the movement from the website:
"...the brand’s Calibre 39—an automatic in-house movement that is not only the engine inside the Eterna KonTiki Diver Gent Bronze Manufacture Limited edition, but is also the base movement for over 88 different Eterna movement references today. From a simple manually wound calibre with two or three hands, to an automatic chronograph, the Calibre 39 is the workhorse of the brand." 65 hours power reserve in this model.
A few pics taken outside right after I got the watch today:
There is an undefinable uniqueness about this watch which makes it so appealing.