Movement : Automatic Eterna Cal. 1489K
Age : 1971/1980
Specific Age : Circa. 1970s
Case Size : 35mm
Case Thickness : 11.5mm
Lug to Lug : 40.5mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Warranty : 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as “Watch only” and therefore comes with no original box or original paperwork. The watch comes paired with an 18mm stainless steel NSA stretch-style bracelet and an NSA-signed folding clasp; the bracelet will fit up to 7 inches without the stretch clasp. The watch is from Circa. 1970s and is sold in worn, vintage condition, with signs of wear and age throughout but overall very fair condition for its age as you can see from the photographs, original Eterna signed crystal is present. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
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Here we have a 1970s Eterna-Matic Kontiki 10 Auto on NSA Stretch Bracelet with a 35mm stainless steel case that curves over your wrist with thick tapered flat-ended lugs. The KonTiki 10 released in 1968 commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the introduction of the KonTiki range in 1958. The case's curved flanks lead to a lug-to-lug length of 40.5mm and a case thickness of 11.5mm ensuring a comfortable fit on your wrist, on the right side is a signed original Eterna crown. A flat bezel holds a domed crystal above a silver textured dial, unusual applied square and rectangular indexes with black painted centres and Tritium pips mark the hours., and at 3 o’clock a framed date window, the date can be quick-changed by repeated pulling of the crown. Baton hands with Tritium tips are complemented by a tapered sweeping second hand. At 12 o’clock we have the Eterna motif with “Eterna-Matic” printed underneath at 6 o’clock “KonTiki 10” completes this vintage dress watch. On the reverse a screw-down case back, inside an automatic Eterna Cal. 1489K, beating at 21,600 Beats per hour. The watch comes paired with an 18mm NSA stainless steel bracelet with a folding NSA-signed comfort stretch-style clasp, ideal for the times your wrist expands throughout the day. NSA was also known as Novavit S.A. and was founded in Switzerland by M. Henri Knobs in 1947, the company ran until 1999, their bracelets can be seen on vintage Breitling, Heuer, Zenith, Jaeger-Lecoultre, Favre-Leuba, Aquastar, Hamilton, Zodiac, Doxa, Fortis, Rado, Roamer, and Certina to name a few.
This is by far one of my favourite Eterna's I have had in stock in a while, the dial is just incredible with the patina and how it has developed making the dial look like a linen dial! The hands are big and bold as are the indices, it just screams 70s to me! The bracelet is incredibly comfortable too, plus this NSA bracelet would have been made for this reference as it features a solid end link, rarely seen in this era!
Eterna was founded in Grenchen, Switzerland in 1856 by Josef Girard and Urs Schild. Jointly founding the famous ébauche factory. The company was formerly known as Schild Fréres, starting out by producing ladies’ wristwatches. In 1905, the company changed its name to Eterna. In 1932, Eterna set up a subsidiary company, ETA SA, which made movements for itself and other Swiss watch companies In 1948, Eterna created the Eterna-Matic automatic, an advanced self-winding movement. Five ball bearings were placed in such a way as to make the movement very efficient. In 1948 Eterna used the five-ball arrangement as its corporate logo. In 1999, Eterna produced a series of watches marketed under the Porsche Design label. Porsche Design sold Eterna to International Volant Ltd, a subsidiary of China Haidian in June 2012. China Haidian was later renamed in 2014 to Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Limited where they continue to own Eterna.